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Alison Jimenez to Speak at ACAMS Spring Anti-Money Laundering Conference

Alison Jimenez will be a panelist on the ACAMS International AML & Financial Crimes Conference panel, “The Algorithm is Your Friend: Creating and Using Them to Strengthen AML” in Hollywood, FL., April 3-5, 2017.   Ms. Jimenez is the author of “Unmasking Bias in Anti-Money Laundering Algorithms” which was published in the Fall 2017 Issue of ACAMS Today. She served as more »


Interactive Map of Legal Interest Rates

Legal/statutory interest rates vary widely from state to state. Legal rates range from a high of 16% in New York to a current low of 4.75% in Florida. Most states have fixed rates but several states tie the legal rate to treasuries. Findlaw provides state by state legal & judgement rates, footnotes and caveats to supplement the more »


Putting Madoff’s Theft into Context

One of the most useful things an economist can do in litigation consulting is to put abstract numbers into context.  Bernie Madoff’s theft of $65 billion dollars is almost mind-boggling.  To illustrate the significance of his crime, I compared his theft with other financial crimes most people are familiar with- burglary, theft, pick pocketing and purse snatching.  The more »


2008 Securities Arbitration Filing Trends: Type of Controversy

FINRA released the final tallies for 2008 arbitration filings.  2008 witnessed marked change in trends regarding the type of controversy.  Filings citing “Omission of Facts” increased 337% from 2007 levels. Misrepresentation saw the second largest jump in filings with an increase of 171% over 2007.  In 2007, Misrepresentation was the 5th most frequently cited type of controversy and it jumped to more »