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The Dow Jones
Watchlist is an international database that houses extensive profiles on
individuals and businesses, in order to aid AML compliance efforts. This global database is designed to
simplify the process of assessing risk within your client base, by making
relevant background information quick and easy to access.
Made up of over
1,100 databases worldwide, the Dow Jones Watchlist feed is an extremely
comprehensive resource, so you can be sure no stone goes unturned when it comes
to screening potential customers for risk factors.
Despite the sheer
volume of information that the Dow Jones Watchlist contains, the database is
updated every day without fail, to ensure that the details provided are as
accurate as possible.
Curated with expert
editorial skills and supported by powerful news and research resources, the Dow
Jones Watchlist is a clear frontrunner within the industry. Here are just a few
of the additional benefits it has to offer:
Provides exhaustive, accurate and
up-to-date profiles on both individuals and entities, all over the world.
Includes additional global coverage of
individuals in other high-risk groups, such as RCAs (the relatives and
close associates of PEPs).
Sets the industry standard for
identifying politically exposed persons, in line with the definition
approved by regulators.
Features a clever categorisation system
that immediately indicates the level of risk & compliance posed by a
customer or client.
To comply with AML
regulations, any UK business providing regulated services (including
accountants, solicitors, law firms and estate agents) must carry out a range of
checks . These vary from initial Know Your Customer checks, which simply verify identity, right
through to sanctions screening and ongoing monitoring, but all of these
checks are designed to minimise the chance of going into business with an
individual or entity that poses a risk to your firm.
properly, AML checks should extinguish the possibility of onboarding a customer
with a history of sanctions, or any previous association with financial crime.
Using the Dow Jones
Watchlist to carry out these checks is a foolproof way of screening clients.
You’ll have all the information you need to avoid compromising your firm’s AML
compliance, or breaching regulation – so your business is protected from
incurring penalties like steep monetary fines, reputational damage or even jail
SmartSearch is an
all-in-one AML compliance solution. Our versatile platform incorporates every
variation of AML check necessary in one convenient place, and to make these
checks as thorough and informed as possible, we use the Dow Jones Watchlist.
screenings manually is both time-consuming and inefficient; that’s where
SmartSearch comes in. With this database at our disposal, as well as our
intelligent automated software – we can carry out a full AML check for either
an individual or a business, in a matter of seconds.
We choose Dow Jones
screening, because armed with access to this watchlist, we can help you to:
Perform AML checks quickly and
accurately, without the inevitable margin of error that results from
Diminish the AML risk posed by your
bank of clients, as every individual or entity will have been subject to
rigorous checks beforehand.
Reduce false positives. We
automatically carry out enhanced due diligence on any clients that match with
PEP, SIP or RCA lists, to confirm their status.
However, we don’t
just check the risk status of your customer at the time of the initial AML
screening. Using data from the Dow Jones Watchlist, the SmartSearch monitoring
dashboard will check your clients’ status every day. This monitoring service
immediately alerts you to any changes, and notifies you if any further action
Simply put, the Dow
Jones Watchlist enables us to be one of the most efficient and meticulous AML
compliance solutions on the market. It gives us the power and coverage to carry
out AML checks in the UK, Europe and the wider world, for both businesses and