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Oracle Launches AML Tool For Small Banks

Oracle launches AML product for small banks

Oracle is broadening availability of its Oracle Financial Services Anti-Money Laundering solution for smaller banks, the company said Tuesday (June 25).

Oracle Financial Solutions announced the launch of its AML Express Edition for small and medium-sized financial institutions, connecting these banks with a streamlined platform for money laundering and terrorist funding detection, investigation and reporting solutions.

As Oracle noted in its announcement, smaller banks must adhere to the same AML and other regulatory compliance requirements as large banks, yet with fewer resources to meet those requirements. The firm’s AML Express solution supports affordable and straightforward compliance solutions to these smaller FIs.

“The largest financial institutions in the world have been using Oracle Anti-Money Laundering solutions for decades. Today, the same comprehensive financial crime technology is now accessible for small- and mid-sized financial institutions,” said Sonny Singh, Oracle Financial Services’ senior vice president and general manager. “Lowering the total cost of ownership without compromising on the core functional capabilities is an engineering breakthrough made possible with the use of modern, cloud-compatible architectures.”

The solution for smaller banks is scalable and includes the core functionality of Oracle Financial Services’ Anti-Money Laundering tool. It supports faster deployment for on-premise or cloud infrastructures. It also includes a built-in library of potential scenarios that address the most common money laundering behaviors for faster detection, while including case management capabilities.

Anti-money laundering is quickly becoming one of the largest challenges for financial institutions, with the PYMNTS AML/KYC Tracker recently finding that about 29 percent of financial institutions have not adopted KYC tools or solutions from external data providers.

KYC technology can be a problem for even the largest banks. Deutsche Bank, for example, revealed in May that it had discovered a glitch in its existing AML software that had been in place for years and may have incorrectly defined parameters to detect potential money laundering transactions.



The pressure on banks to modernize their payments capabilities to support initiatives such as ISO 20022 and instant/real time payments has been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 and the compelling need to quickly scale operations due to the rapid growth of contactless payments, and subsequent increase in digitization. Given this new normal, the need for agility and optimization across the payments processing value chain is imperative.