Life insurers are seeking quick and painless solutions for compliance with the USA PATRIOT Act, which requires insurers to develop and implement anti-money laundering (AML) compliance programs intended to disrupt financial networks that support terrorist groups.How they plan to achieve it is the next hurdle: will life insurers decide that it's more prudent to develop a compliance program in-house or seek third-party support? A survey released in February by Gartner Inc., Stamford, Conn., focused on how enterprises choose their anti-money laundering software, whether they were pleased with their choices and whether they were able to remain within their budgets.

The survey found that most money laundering detection systems (MDLRs) were developed in-house; 75% of insurers custom-built their own compliance solutions rather than purchasing vendor products or using third-party services.

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