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KYC Trends in 2022 – A Global Research Report

KYC Trends in 2022 – A Global Research Report

A Final Frontier for Digital Transformation in financial services.

The global survey of over 1,000 C-suite executives across 100 corporate and institutional banks highlights the direct and opportunity costs of people-driven, manual and laborious KYC processes:

  • How much time a firm typically spends on KYC reviews & how much each KYC review costs
  • The scale of the continuous/perpetual KYC review challenge
  • Opportunities for automation and smarter KYC reviews
  • Where firms are currently prioritizing their technology investment
  • How automation can support both compliance and operations teams


Client Onboarding and KYC Costing Banks Millions

KYC operations have often been viewed as a cost center at the bottom of the list for innovation while customer-facing and revenue generating parts of the firm are prioritized.

However, change is on the horizon. The data from our survey paints an encouraging picture of changing attitudes.

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Chapter One: The Full Cost of KYC Compliance

Two thirds of survey respondents said a review costs between $1,501 and $3,500. For banks that may be onboarding tens of thousands of clients every year, KYC costs alone can run into millions of dollars (up to $35 million for a bank onboarding 10,000 new clients per annum).


Chapter Two: The Technology Opportunity

Between 31%-60% of KYC review tasks are still being completed manually by over half of financial institutions. However, the data shows that financial institutions are now focusing investment on automation with 62% prioritising spend for technology.


Chapter Three: Friction Between Lines of Defence

The line of defence model creates a structure for risk management with well-defined roles and responsibilities in the first and second line. However, 46% of firms in our survey state that the approach to risk management is a point of friction between their compliance and operations teams.

What we Discovered


say manual KYC impacts ability to make better risk decisions


average cost to complete single KYC review for a corporate

61-150 Days

time it takes to complete one KYC review for 52% of FIs


full time employees in KYC at 52% of FIs


Proactive Approaches to Managing KYC

Stella Fau Clarke, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Fenergo, joined Finextra TV at Sibos to dive deeper into why KYC compliance has never been more challenging and discusses:

- Motivation behind the research of Fenergo's KYC Report
- Some results from the research
- The challenges for financial institutions
- How can FIs address these challenges

Watch the interview now.

Other Resources


The KYC Report

A Final Frontier for Digital Transformation in Banking

This report investigates the direct and opportunity costs of allocating huge resources to KYC functions. Authored by Stella Clarke, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer & Cengiz Kiamil, Vice President, Strategy @Fenergo.



This webinar answers the following questions:

- Why it still takes so long to complete KYC reviews- How much it really costs?- The scale of the perpetual KYC review challenge- What manual KYC means for the employee and client experience


KYC in 2022 - A Snapshot

This infographic provides a glimpse of how KYC is done today.