Regulators in the UK, the US and Hong Kong instituted proceedings against more than 1,700 individuals last year, or four times the number of cases brought against companies.
The one-notch downgrade by the credit ratings agency is the first for nearly 30 years.
In the wake of the global financial crisis, correspondent banking relationships have reduced globally by 25% reports Accuity.
A special report from SWIFT shows that despite the impact of Brexit, the UK capital remains the preeminent global foreign exchange and payment centre.
In its latest report, the International Monetary Fund notes that many governments have eased up on austerity measures.
The new tool, which had input from financial institutions, insurers and environmental experts, considers drought scenarios in Brazil, China, Mexico and the US.
The telecom giant was found guilty by the US Justice Department of breaking sanctions imposed on Iran by shipping US-made equipment to the country.
The People’s Bank of China has promised to establish a “more convenient and friendly environment”.
The new US president’s aggressive rhetoric against America’s main trading rivals could cloud the fact that there is evidence to support his accusations.
Trade finance fraud has claimed some high-profile victims, including major Chinese banks. However, the elimination of paper-based documentation should reduce the ability of the scammers to strike.