A country`s financial sector and the soundness of financial institutions such as banks are severely affected by money laundering. The negative effects of money laundering are defined as reputational, operational, concentration and legal risks, all of which are interdependent. In order to combat money laundering, protect the integrity and reputation of both designated financial institutions and non-financial entities and reduce the negative impact of money laundering, competent anti-money laundering procedures should be put in place. The Financial Action Task Force was created precisely for this reason: to reduce money-laundering activities and criminal practices such as drug trafficking. Money laundering is the practice of criminals who have earned large sums of money through illegal activities such as terrorist activities or drug trafficking to “clean” money into thinking it came from a legitimate source. There are dozens of different ways to launder money, from worn-out techniques like inflating the cash income of a legitimate business like a casino or restaurant to an ever-increasing number of 21st century methods, including funneling illicit funds via virtual games or online betting shops and buying and selling cryptocurrencies. At the end of the process, the ill-gotten gains have been “cleaned up” and can be used in the regular financial system without arousing suspicion. The state whose tax revenues are declining has two options, the first of which is borrowing. It reduces productive private sector investment with the effect of government displacement attracting productive private sector investors with loans. As the value of bonds increases as a result of borrowing, interest rates rise in the market, causing many problems. Another way to fill the gaps is through emissions policy. The results of this policy are similar to others. As a result, we can say that both decisions have a negative impact on the economy.

Foreign financial institutions may restrict their transactions with businesses in the money-laundering haven, resulting in increased transaction fees and controls and possibly a cessation of foreign direct investment. If developing countries engage in any way in terrorist financing or money-laundering, they will inevitably have a negative impact on the development and growth of their financial institutions and their economy as a whole. It is clear that there are serious consequences for all organisations involved in money laundering, particularly in the regulated sectors. Contracts can be lost and fines imposed. And, of course, this type of scandal tends to create negative headlines for any company involved, damaging reputation and causing customers to lose trust and taking their business elsewhere. The United States, the European Union and the UN have created frameworks to protect the global financial system from money laundering and terrorist financing. Targeted and comprehensive sanctions are imposed on persons, legal persons and jurisdictions that violate AML/CFT regulations and face serious economic hardship. The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are important organizations in this regard. Therefore, financial institutions in particular have no difficulty breaking the chain of money laundering if they have regulations such as anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. The impact of money laundering is serious and far-reaching.

It can have global and local impacts on businesses, economies and societies. The negative impact of money laundering on the economy is numerous. It is well known that international hawala operations are one of the methods of money laundering. It has a huge impact on the policy-making of central banks (such as the Reserve Bank of India) of nations. Foreign exchange transactions are monitored because the demand and supply of foreign exchange remain the main factor in deciding the exchange rate of a currency. But the central bank can estimate supply and demand in the upper world and is unable to evaluate the same transactions on the gray market. Dirty money can also trigger exchange rate fluctuations and fluctuations in international capital flows, leading to unpredictable and unfavorable changes in the demand for money. There has been evidence of a “ripple effect” of money laundering activities. Criminals first send their ill-gotten gains to tax havens to change color. In addition, they are starting to visit this country and engage in criminal activities in that jurisdiction as well.

As a result, jurisdictions that do not enforce anti-money laundering laws are vulnerable to international criminal activity. Illicit funds are essentially mixed with legitimate funds in shell companies to hide their different share of revenue. These companies focus primarily on protecting their illicit funds and the underlying criminal activities that triggered them. The heavy losses due to black money to sources of income cause significant problems for the functioning of the financial system. These economic problems also have social consequences. The increasing accumulation of certain individuals and groups leads to social degeneration. One of the most critical damages of black money is its negative impact on income distribution. Although the negative effects of declining sources of income and differentiation in income distribution are difficult to measure, it is also difficult to compensate for social damage.