It is often said that there are no coincidences. But unless one believes in some kind of grand-master who manages the minutiae of the lives of all creatures and things on Earth, and beyond, sometimes it is clear coincidences do exist.

Here’s an example.

Shhhh. “How does that make you feel – identifying suspicion in money laundering and terrorist financing”(1) has gone through final editing and pre-press and is now in proofing (which is a bit of a technicality because it’s been proofed in its final print format several times during production). Looking good to pop out of this final stage later today (tomorrow in the USA) Why “shhhhh?” Now it’s all in someone else’s hands and I’m going to sleep for three days.

Much to my shock, the book on suspicion has now grown to the point where it has to be reformatted to take account of its new thickness (that is in the number of pages, not the stupidity of the author).

28 February 2014 – a day I’ll remember – it’s the day my son’s first album was released and immediately (i.e. that day) went to number 3 in the Taiwan music charts.

I’m feeling all loved up this morning and it’s not just because it’s Valentine’s Day.

There is so much to enjoy and celebrate.

I’m always amazed by how supposedly clever people feel the need to prove their assumed superiority by excluding the very people they need to communicate with.

Looking into suspicion for the new book “How does that make you feel?” with the subtitle of “Understanding Suspicion in Financial Crime”, an important source of material is in relation to stop and search. Add in profiling and predictive policing and it all starts to look a bit like the Tom Cruise film “Minority Report.”

1500 words on philosophy and quantum physics and how they apply to the decision making process in financial institutions when trying to identify financial crime.

Not a bad morning’s work.

I’m grateful to NatWest for telling me of a possible security breach relating to my “Credit Card Online Service” but there are a couple of factors that don’t quite hang true – aside from the basic one that, like most recipients of phishing mails, I don’t have an account with the target bank.

I have just watched the entire speech by US President Obama given at the US Department of Justice. I watched it with my friend in Paris : both of us watching the BBC until they cut away with only a few minutes to go so they could interview one of their own journalists standing in the cold of a Washington winter. Then we switched to CNN where, fortunately, they didn’t discuss it in their usual banal fashion.

Which is good because we were discussing it over an internet phone connection as it was going.

At long last the US has taken action against one of the entities that failed to properly monitor the fraudulent activities of Bernard Madoff.

One has to hope that the investigation does not stop there: his activities were not, presumably, conducted only through JP Morgan.

The recent example of a satirical article ascribing comments to the Pope, and the editorialising that surrounded those comments, is thought provoking and funny - but only if you know it's a joke.

Regrettably, the internet, due to the lack of ethics and honesty, to say nothing of in some cases downright malicious or self-promoting actions, of some users, means that the story has spread far and wide - without the warning that it's satire.

Dear Google

My name and e-mail address have been used in a fraudulent spam campaign which, it is foreseeable, might also relate to the financing of terrorism.

The news that Ireland has paid back its EU bailout money is a surprise. What is not a surprise is its immediate response to so doing.

We, as an industry, are increasingly sold the idea that social media is the first reliable port of call for due diligence: basically, the idea is that if a person doesn't have, for example, a Facebook or a LinkedIn profile, they don't exist, that they are inherently somehow lacking in credibility.

The argument is that the opposite is true: that an effective social media presence confirms that person's existence and presents corroboration of what they are saying.

It's not as reliable as it seems. And worse, it's causing a credibility issue for companies.

Good morning

I'm Nigel Morris-Cotterill, one of your contacts at LinkedIn. I'm a specialist in Financial Crime Risk and Compliance and I find LinkedIn to be full of "noise" from hundreds of "likes" of jobs, magazine articles, puzzles and games.

*The links in this article are to out of date locations or to obsolete material*

The UNODC works hard, ceaselessly, not entirely tirelessly, to combat a wide range of serious offences that not only harm economies but put lives at risk. They run campaigns. Today, as "Anti Corruption Day" dawns, one has to ask why they bother.

Within the past couple of days, a report from the Financial Action Task Force, who one would think knows about money laundering risk management and related topics, talks about "hawalas.

The news that Standard Chartered is to be permitted, by China, to trade in yuan / remimbi in the UK has been greeted with surprise and, even concern and consternation by some.

Google flatters me.

Apparently I have a Google + account. I assume some marketing person somewhere, sometime, somehow set it up. I don't remember anything about it. Nor, incidentally, do I remember actually posting anything to it.

Anyway, in the way of marketing messages, that nebulous body (are they in "the cloud"?) "The Google+ (oh, no space before the + sign?) has sent me what passes for a personalised e-mail (I know it's not because it starts "Dear" and has my full name).

It's the most basic of tests for IT people: can they make the machine they are working on produce the words "Hello World!" on the monitor or a printer?

And so, as today is the first day of the rest of the life of this website, which was the first website we built even before we owned the domain name, it's fitting that the first words on this blog should be that test.

So, it's not the first time we've said "Hello World!" That's why we're saying it again.

The US Presidential campaign, 2012, is winding up.

It says a lot about how we, as people, make decisions.

The US presidential campaign comes to an end with an interesting revelation: the US people are being asked which of two liars they trust least – and to vote for the other one.

The financial services industry is getting only part of the risk management and anti-money laundering point. And modern business models in banking and insurance militate against effective know-your- customer procedures says Nigel Morris-Cotterill .

World-wide, regulators are including in the requirements they place on affected businesses demands that they build a profile of their customers.

This “know your customer” approach is vital in the attempts to detect and deter money laundering and terrorist financing.

The invasion of Ukraine has raised some serious questions about the Russian arms trade and the imposition of sanctions is only a part of the issue.

It amazes me how many people still talk about "cybercrime" and get excited like a dog with a new bone. Here, I debunk the common way of thinking because I like things to be very, very clear and misleading terms mitigate against that. In addition there's news about Clarity and in-house face to face training for law enforcement, judges and regulators.