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  1. Terrorist organizations, like other organized crime groups, require funding in order to operate. Buying weapons and vehicles, feeding and housing members, and using marketing materials to spread their ideas all cost money. The Center for a New American Security reports the 9/11 attacks alone are estimated to have cost between $400,000 and $500,000. (more…)

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  2. 5 Rules You May Not Know for Doing Business in CanadaIn recent years, Canada has developed an increasingly strong reputation as one of the best places in the world to do business. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index 2017-2018 ranks Canada as having the second-most “sound” banking system in the world, a step up from the number three position it held the previous year. U.S. News & World Report ranks Canada number seven in the world for entrepreneurship, citing well-developed infrastructure and transparent business practices as assets. High ethics and rule abidance are a top priority for Canada-based businesses and those they work with. (more…)

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  3. What Banks Need to Know About Account VerificationFor financial services companies processing high volumes of consumer and business payments, manual verification of accounts is not possible. With the increased speed of the electronic payments clearing house system, financial services processors have to work quickly to prevent fraud and maintain the integrity of the network. NACHA compliant account verification services can help them do it. (more…)

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  4. OFAC Compliance: A Primer For Financial ProfessionalsOFAC is a powerful arm of the U.S. government designed to promote U.S. policy abroad. For companies doing business in U.S. jurisdictions, failing to comply with OFAC can result in hefty penalties and public rebuke that is harmful to the company’s reputation. Fortunately, partnering with a commercial data company focused specifically on OFAC compliance can prevent violations. (more…)

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