2018 Review of our Financial Crime Blog

By Christine Duhaime | February 16th, 2019

Every year, we review the analytics of the Financial Crime Blog at year end, and share the results of what countries visit the site; what stories attract them to it; and what sorts of financial crime information people are looking for. Here is our review, below.

For 2018, the number of hits to our website exceeded 1 million views, which is consistent with our normal range, however, many of those are bots and crawlers which scrape websites daily and so our readership is significantly less when crawlers and bots are factored in.

Number of countries that read our Financial Crime Blog in 2018: 

  • 185

Top 10 countries that read our Blog regularly by order of readership: 

  • Canada
  • United States
  • UK
  • China
  • India
  • Australia
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Germany

Top 5 articles read on our Blog in 2018:

Number of cities where readers came from in 2018:

  • 3,835

Fun facts from 2018:

  • US federal law enforcement agencies mostly read up about Canada’s money laundering issues and money movements from China to Vancouver, as well as story 4, above, about the Canadian investor jailed in the Dominican Republic, as well as all things Bitcoin or Iran-related and the fentanyl crisis.
  • Iran, which ranked 25th in terms of countries reading our Blog, came to read about what the US says about their developments in the digital currency space, they also came to learn about AML law, and about the convicted Iranian in Toronto who left Iran with billions of dollars allegedly stolen from a bank and was given Canadian citizenship.
  • Globally, there was a marked shift towards readers who were from institutional investment firms, Fortune 500 companies and senior agencies and organizations such as the OECD, World Bank, EU Parliament, several agencies of the UN and such.
  • There was also a shift to increased readership of articles that address risks of digital currencies and money laundering, terrorist financing, tax evasion or sanctions avoidance and movements of money from China illegally to places like Vancouver.
  • Mostly just readers from the US came to read about the fentanyl crisis, even though per capita, it has killed more people in Vancouver than in any US city.
  • In terms of banks, way more US correspondent banks and bank regulators in the US visited our Blog this year, and they read stories about money laundering in Canada, digital currencies and how money is moved from China to Vancouver.
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