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Explore the True Cost of Financial Crime Compliance Worldwide

Gain in-depth insight into year-over-year trends for compliance costs, the distribution of cost across resources and technology, and understand the challenges and impacts associated with our 2022 global summary.

Explore the Global Cost of Financial Crime Compliance


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In the ongoing fight against financial crime, both criminals and the solutions set up to fight them are becoming increasingly sophisticated. This is not without cost implications.

According to our LexisNexis® Risk Solutions 2022 True Cost of Financial Crime Compliance Study - Global Summary, the projected total cost of financial crime compliance across financial institutions worldwide is $274.1 billion, up from $213.9 billion in 2020.

The results come from a comprehensive survey of 1,088 financial crime compliance decision makers at financial institutions, including banks, investment firms, asset management firms and insurance firms around the world.

Global True Cost of Compliance Insights:

  • The Projected Total Cost of financial crime compliance across all financial institutions in the 2022 study markets in North America, LATAM, EMEA and APAC is $274.1B.
  • The average annual cost of financial crime compliance per organization has risen by double-digits since the pandemic began in 2020, with U.S. financial institutions reporting the highest YoY dollar changes.
  • Financial institutions are being exposed to an increasing level of various types of financial crime, including those involving digital payments, cryptocurrency, third parties and trafficking of proceeds.
  • As the scope of financial crime increases, financial institutions are dealing with a broader set of screening and compliance operations challenges. The digital transformation and Open Banking contributing heavily to this.
  • Financial institutions that have invested in technology solutions to support financial crime compliance efforts, have experienced lower costs and fewer compliance operations challenges.

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2020 vs 2022 Costs

Projected Total Cost of Financial Crime Compliance 2020 vs 2022

Technology vs Labor Costs

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Global - 2022

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 *For the purposes of this report, Mexico is included in the Latin America study.

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