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Wednesday 18 July 2018


US election: A compliance perspective

Written by staff reporter

With less than a week to go until the US presidential election on 8 November, compliance professionals have had their say on its potential impact on the industry, with four in five compliance professionals seeing Donald Trump as the presidential candidate who poses the greater threat to the compliance profession. A third, meanwhile, cite the US election as one of the biggest risks to their business in the year ahead.

According to a poll conducted by The Risk Advisory Group, a fifth of the respondents who view Trump as the greater risk are concerned about his avowed policy positions, with one respondent stating that he would advocate for “greater protectionism, and impact on the prosperity of our firm’s clients and their customers.”

However, a far greater number (78%) reference his alleged unpredictability as their main worry, with one person citing Trump’s “lack of knowledge and lack of self-control”, and another referring to him as a “loose cannon”. Others are concerned that a Trump Presidency will usher in a period of greater uncertainty, with one expressing the belief that Trump would be “more likely to institute random change”.

Hillary Clinton does not escape criticism, however, with almost a fifth of survey respondents seeing her as the candidate posing the greater risk to the compliance profession. However, whereas Trump’s detractors mostly focus on his perceived character flaws, the majority of Clinton’s critics (55%) take issue with her political record and pledges.

One compliance professional fears that Clinton would “probably extend and/or widen US sanctions against Russia, which will cause additional/extended EU sanctions”, another voices concerns that she would be more likely to “use government resources to conduct investigations for political purposes”.

These are the early findings of research undertaken by The Risk Advisory Group which polled 157 compliance professionals globally.

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