April 2020

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of laws and regulations related to the protection of shareholder interests in a company. Shareholder property rights are an important part of maintaining a business environment conducive to economic activity. Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and United Kingdom received small upgrades, […]

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March 2020

The Country Ranking Trends are at the end of the article so that the global pandemic can be covered first. Pandemic Impacting Humanity The coronavirus continues to spread across the globe with the United States, and in particular New York City, becoming a focus of concern. Meanwhile, in China’s Hubei province where the outbreak started […]

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February 2020

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of accounting systems. Peru was the only country with material changes. Magni found weaknesses in both Peruvian reporting and controls, resulting in a downgrade. This dropped the country below Argentina in the Magni ranking of country governance. Coronavirus Epidemic Made Worse by Chinese Opaqueness The coronavirus outbreak that […]

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January 2020

Country Ranking Trends January was another of the occasional months where there were no changes in Magni Country Governance Scores. Brexit Is Happening The Withdrawal Agreement Act has passed the upper and lower parliamentary chambers, and Queen Elizabeth II signed off on the legislation thus making the law official. The European Parliament voted on January […]

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December 2019

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of the Philippines. The country finally has made meaningful progress in implementing reforms to improve its Market Integrity. The longstanding deficiencies were highlighted when the Philippines was used to launder money stolen in 2016 from Bangladeshi banks. For all of 2019, ten countries in the investible world were […]

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November 2019

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of Thailand’s regulatory environment. The country has made meaningful progress in implementing previously enacted reforms to improve supervision of banks and insurance companies. Collectively, these upgrades improve Thailand’s score enough to move above five countries. With implementation of a few more reforms, Thailand has the potential to receive […]

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October 2019

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of Pakistan. The country has made less progress than previously believed in implementing reforms to improve its market integrity. High market integrity in a country means that companies can conduct routine transactions efficiently with little risk from corrupt influences. The downgrade causes Pakistan to fall below Peru in […]

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September 2019

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of Saudi Arabia. The country received an upgrade for improving the transparency of its economic performance. Accurate, timely, and complete information is important so that businesses can establish market-responsive business plans. Good information reduces risk and increases capital investment. Even though Saudi Arabia has a relatively low ranking, […]

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August 2019

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of the Czech Republic. The country received a small upgrade for tangible progress in implementing previously adopted reforms to strengthen the integrity of the country’s markets. Sino-American Trade: Skirmish, Cold War, or Prelude to War? News outlets contain daily articles on the discussions and related actions of China […]

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July 2019

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed reviews of Canadian financial services regulation and Chinese market integrity. The Canadian review focused on banking and insurance regulation; in both cases, the review confirmed prior determinations. The China review produced a small downgrade as important legislation to make transactions more transparent has not been implemented as previously believed. Beyond […]

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