Dirty derivatives

Money laundering

Derivatives are an attractive product for money-laundering and, with the retailisation of markets, also potentially for terrorist financing. Over-the-counter derivatives markets are particularly vulnerable to fraud and market manipulation. Many factors make derivatives attractive to criminals: the liquidity of the markets; profit potential (even if the risks are high); ability to transfer funds globally; the lack of historical oversight for the purposes of anti-money-laundering/combating the fin

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