Shifting the dial on financial crime requires a collective push

Feb 9th '24

By Mark Francis, Director, Wholesale and Unauthorised Business Investigations, and co-sponsor of the FCA’s (Financial Conduct Authority) Financial Crime Public Commitment.


We’ve made good progress to reduce and prevent financial crime, now more collaborative action across 4 areas of focus can help shift the dial further. 


This week we’ve published Reducing and preventing financial crime an update on the progress we’ve made over the past 18 months, and a look at the challenge ahead, focusing on 4 areas in greater depth. I’d urge firms – as well as trade bodies, big tech companies, social media platforms, regulatory and enforcement partners – to read it, and think about the actions we can all take to help tackle financial crime.


Financial crime is never victimless. It costs firms and consumers, damages the integrity of our markets and undermines our international competitiveness. That’s why fighting financial crime is a key focus of our strategy. The subsequent national Economic Crime Plan 2 and Fraud Strategy establish actions for both public and private sector parties, with an ambition to reduce financial crime, and we have a key role to play in achieving that goal.


Read article in full, here.


Source & image: FCA


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