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How to Use Watchlist Report Template Editor


This help center article will help you learn how to easily configure your Watchlist Report list source settings. For more information on how to use the Reports Template Editor overall, please see this help center article.

To access your Watchlist Report configurations, start by navigating to the Watchlist Report Template Editor (WRTE) specifically. You can do this by hovering over the Reports section of your Dashboard, selecting templates, and clicking on the Watchlist template. You have now landed on WRTE.


Configuration Summary

When you click on the configuration tab, you will see multiple fields that are editable.

  • Template name - this is the name of the template. You can change it from a standard name, to whatever makes most sense to your organization. You can do this simply by typing into the box with the name, and then selecting “Save Report Template” in the upper right hand corner.
  • Source lists - these are the source lists that are being used to check for matches in this template. What you are looking at when you land on the configuration page is simply your current settings. If you’d like to update your settings, you’ll select the edit button.
    • What you will see under source lists are two tabs:
      • Subscriptions - you can think of subscriptions as the high level categories that your template is currently running against. For example, OFAC is a category that you can subscribe your template to, that is made up of numerous different lists. If your template is subscribed to a category, you are subscribed to that category in full, meaning including all source lists associated with the category. If your template is not subscribed to a category, then you can select which specific source lists you would like to ensure your template is running against.
        • Source Lists - source lists are individual lists that are part of broader categories that your can subscribe your template to. If you’d like to ensure that your template is running against one source list that is part of a category, but not other source lists that are part of that same category, then ensure the specific source list is checked, but the subscription is not checked.


Continuous Monitoring

When you click on the Continuous monitoring tab, you will see your current continuous monitoring settings, and the cadence that the continuous monitoring is set to. If you’d like to update your continuous monitoring settings, please contact Persona for assistance, as this is currently a view only feature.


Name Match Requirements

Depending on your organization’s use case or needs, you may require either very strict or very liberal matching parameters.

Persona’s customization process is granular and detailed in order to allow our customers more control over what matches they receive, and how often they receive them (false positives).

Name matching for Watchlist has four options:

Exact: matches on exact name and AKAs in article or source.

Strict (Recommended): matches on exact name, allowing for subset name matching and initial matching.

Tolerant: allows for flexible matching inclusive of all settings. Allows room for typos.

Custom: set your own custom match profile.

For a deeper dive into what these options mean, and more definitions of terminology used, please see our Reports Name Match Requirements article.

Birthdate Matching

Birthdate matching for Watchlist has three options:

Exact date: matches on the exact date and year that is input into the report.

Exact year: matches on the year that is put into the report.

Within +/- 1 year from birth year (default setting): matches on the year +/- 1 year to allow for additional catches.

For a deeper dive into what these options mean, and more examples, please see our Reports Birthday Matching article.

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