| Click for the Finfacts Ireland Portal Homepage |

Finfacts Business News Centre

Home 
 
 News
 Irish
 Irish Economy
 EU Economy
 US Economy
 UK Economy
 Global Economy
 International
 Property
 Innovation
 
 Analysis/Comment
 
 Asia Economy


Finfacts changes from 2015

RSS FEED


How to use our RSS feed

Follow Finfacts on Twitter

 
Web Finfacts

See Search Box lower down this column for searches of Finfacts news pages. Where there may be the odd special character missing from an older page, it's a problem that developed when Interactive Tools upgraded to a new content management system.

Welcome

Finfacts is Ireland's leading business information site and you are in its business news section.

Links

Finfacts Homepage

Irish Share Prices

Euribor Daily Rates

Global Cost of Living

Irish Tax - Income/Corporate

 

Feedback

 

Content Management by interactivetools.com.

News : US Economy Last Updated: Feb 10, 2015 - 5:27 AM


US Senate report says HSBC Bank exposed US financial system to money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing risks
By Finfacts Team
Jul 17, 2012 - 7:30 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Global banking giant HSBC and its US affiliate exposed the US financial system to a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing risks due to poor anti-money laundering (AML) controls, a US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations probe has found.

The bank may be fined up to $1bn according to reports from Washington DC.

“In an age of international terrorism, drug violence in our streets and on our borders, and organized crime, stopping illicit money flows that support those atrocities is a national security imperative,” said Sen. Carl Levin, subcommittee chairman. “HSBC used its US bank as a gateway into the US financial system for some HSBC affiliates around the world to provide US dollar services to clients while playing fast and loose with US banking rules.

Due to poor AML controls, HBUS exposed the United States to Mexican drug money, suspicious travelers cheques, bearer share corporations, and rogue jurisdictions.  The bank’s federal bank regulator, the OCC, tolerated HSBC’s weak AML system for years.  If an international bank won’t police its own affiliates to stop illicit money, the regulatory agencies should consider whether to revoke the charter of the US bank being used to aid and abet that illicit money.”

The Subcommittee conducted a year-long investigation into HSBC and has detailed its findings in a 335-page report released Monday, along with more than 100 documents, including bank records and internal emails.

The Subcommittee investigation focused on HSBC’s key US affiliate, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., known as HBUS, which functions as the US nexus for HSBC’s worldwide network.  HSBC has 7,200 offices in more than 80 countries and 2011 profits of $22 billion; HBUS has 470 branches across the United States with 4m customers.  HBUS provides accounts to 1,200 other banks including more than 80 HSBC affiliates.

In 2010, HSBC was cited by its federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), for multiple severe AML deficiencies, including a failure to monitor $60tn in wire transfer and account activity; a backlog of 17,000 unreviewed account alerts regarding potentially suspicious activity; and a failure to conduct AML due diligence before opening accounts for HSBC affiliates.  Subcommittee investigators found that the OCC had failed to take a single enforcement action against the bank, formal or informal, over the previous six years, despite ample evidence of AML problems.

Related Articles


© Copyright 2015 by Finfacts.ie

Top of Page

US Economy
Latest Headlines
US jobs rose by 215,000 in July; Unemployment rate stable at 5.3%
US economy grew at weak pace in Q2 2015 - Worst expansion since 1945
Decoupling of per capita GDP, productivity, private employment, and median family income in America
US economy stumbles again in 2015
Income gap highest in 30 years; No inequality rise in best-paying US firms
Fed minutes raise doubts about fragility of US recovery
Senate Democrats block trade deal authority for Obama
Five firms held 25% of top US non-financial companies cash pile in 2014
US added 223,000 jobs in April; Broad jobless rate at 10.8%
Investment struggles as dividends/ share buybacks at top US firms to exceed $1tn in 2015
US economic growth plunged in Q1 2015
Why the Fed may (almost) never raise interest rates
US jobless rate falls to 5.5%; Broad rate at 11%; Participation rate at 1978 level
US added 257,000 jobs in January; Broad jobless rate at 11.3%
US economy will soon see best years in a decade
US annualised GDP slowed sharply in final quarter 2014
US budget deficit to fall to 2.6% of GDP in 2015
US added 252,000 jobs in December; Jobless rate falls to 5.6%
US adds 321,000 jobs in November; Private sector adds 10.9m jobs in 57 months of growth
US manufacturing slowed in November
US retail spending over Thanksgiving weekend fell 11%
US consumer spending weak in October; Business investment fell again
US third-quarter GDP revised up to 3.9% annualised rate
After destroying banking secrecy US helps Swiss exporters
US oil imports from OPEC cartel at 30-year low
Tax-inverted "Irish" firm Actavis agrees to buy US Botox maker Allergan
US nonfarm payroll employment rose 214,000 in October' Jobless @ 6-year low
Swiss bankers await fallout of US tax evasion acquittal
Two PMI reports give contrasting trends on US manufacturing
US GDP increased at annualised 3.5% in third quarter of 2014
US city home price growth slowed again in August; Consumer confidence rebounded in September
US new orders for manufactured durable goods fell again in September
Loans to buy US shares at record highs
Global markets slide; US industrial production best in 3 years & jobless claims in 14-year low
US federal budget deficit dips to 2.9% of GDP in fiscal year 2014
US added 248,000 jobs in September; Jobless rate falls to 5.9%
US set to become world’s leading liquid petroleum producer again
Obama issues new rules to combat tax inversions
US Securities and Exchange Commission to pay $30m award to foreign whistleblower
Typical American household income in 2013 was below the 1989 level