Methods & Trends



The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is the regional anti-money laundering / combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regional body for the Asia Pacific. The APG produces regional typologies reports on money laundering (ML)and terrorist financing (TF) techniques to assist governments and other AML/CFT stakeholders to better understand the nature of existing and emerging ML and TF threats and pursue effective strategies to address those threats. Typologies studies assist APG members to implement effective strategies to investigate and prosecute ML and TF, as well as design and implement effective preventative measures. When a series of ML or TF arrangements are conducted in a similar manner or using the same methods, they are generally classified as a typology.

The Yearly Typologies Report includes observations on ML and TF techniques and methods. These observations are intended to assist with identifying instances of suspicious financial activity in the real world. It is hoped that the case studies and ‘red flag’ indicators included in this report will assist the front-line financial institutions and non-financial businesses and professions (casinos,accountants, lawyers, real estate, etc.) involved in implementing preventative measures including CDD and STR reporting.

Each year APG members and observers provide information on ML and TF cases, trends, research, regulatory action and international cooperation. The information collected from APG delegations not only provides the basis for a case study collection but also for selection and design of in-depth studies on particular
typology topics. The information also supports the work of the network of typology experts involved in the APG Typologies Working Group.

The typologies reports are available via the Documents section of the website.