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Bank Secrecy Act

What is the Bank Secrecy Act? The Bank Secrecy Act or ‘BSA‘ is the primary U.S. anti-money laundering regulatory statute (Title 31, U.S. Code Sections 5311- 5355) enacted in 1970 and most notably amended by the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001 in response to the terrorism threat of 9/11. Money laundering (ML) is a big

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Beneficiary (beneficial owner)

The term beneficial owner has two different definitions depending on the context:· The natural person who ultimately owns or controls an account through which a transaction is being conducted.or· The natural persons who have significant ownership of, as well as those who exercise ultimate effective control over, a legal person or arrangement. By identifying the

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Blacklisted Addresses

An internal list of names (including places, persons, entities, and individuals) that are screened to identify any sanctions exposure, in addition to government and vendor-maintained sanctions lists. Other potential additions to a firm’s internal blacklist may come from OFAC advisories and other warnings that list entities that did not merit being placed on the SDN

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Blockchain

Blockchain is a public ledger that records transactions that are performed. This is achieved without any trusted central authority as the maintenance of the blockchain is performed by a network of communicating nodes running the software. Network nodes validate transactions, add them to their copy of the ledger, and then broadcast these ledger additions to

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Blockchain Address

A blockchain address is like a bank account for crypto assets. Bitcoin addresses for example start with either a ‘1’ or a ‘3’ or a ‘bc1’ and is 26-35 alphanumeric characters in length. The address is generated from the private key, which is required to send or receive assets assigned to this address to another

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