Country Governance Research Commentary – August 2016

Country Ranking Trends August was a quiet month with no changes in Magni Country Scores. One month does not form a trend so the lack of change should not be considered significant. To the extent that a trend is forming, Magni is watching promising developments in India and China which could become positive reforms and/or […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – February 2016

Country Ranking Trends Magni Country Scores are unchanged for the month of February. Usually Magni is watching more countries for potential upgrades than for potential downgrades. Currently, the reverse is true with recent events in countries such as Poland, China, and Malaysia having the potential for negative consequences. Poland Unchanged…so far A new asset-based tax […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – October 2015

Country Ranking Trends Chile, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Spain, and the United Kingdom were downgraded for newly apparently shortcomings in the fiscal transparency. At the same time Italy, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, and Thailand were upgraded for recent progress in making their fiscal policy more transparent. A stable and transparent fiscal policy provides a better environment […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – August 2015

Country Ranking Magni Research left scores for all countries unchanged last month. Information received in the last month reconfirmed existing scores. The recent trend regarding year-over-year changes continued with the scores of South Korea, Japan, Spain and Philippines rising the most, while the scores of United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, New […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – July 2015

Country Ranking Magni Research upgraded Philippines for its progress in implementing improvements to its Fiscal Policy. The upgrade move Philippines up 5 places in relative rank, though it is still relatively low ranked with scores comparable to India, yet behind Indonesia. Both the United States and Mexico were reviewed for changes in their adherence to […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – May 2015

Country Ranking Magni research updated their evaluations of each country’s scores related to shareholder protections, including corporate governance and insolvency. This review resulted in changes to the scores of 26 of the 47 countries Magni evaluates. Although most of the changes were modest, Canada saw it’s score for these criteria rise meaningfully, while France and […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – April 2015

Country Ranking There were no changes in the Magni Country Scores from last month. According to the Magni country rankings for adherence to Sustainable Wealth Creation (SWC) principles, the five highest-ranked countries remain: United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Norway and Germany. The five lowest-ranked countries based on SWC principles remain: Taiwan, China, UAE, Qatar and Egypt. […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – March 2015

Country Ranking There was one change in the Magni Country Scores from last month: Spain was upgraded (the update is described below). South Korea and Japan have seen their scores rise the most in the past 12 months, followed now by Spain as the third largest gainer in that time. Egypt and Thailand have been […]

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Reforms to Avoid the Predicted Chinese Crackup

Saint Paul, Minnesota – March 17, 2015 – In a recent Wall Street Journal article David Shambaugh predicted an end to the political system of China. His rationale is that the energy, creativity, and constructive power so badly needed for change in China can only be introduced through political reform and that, in the absence […]

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Ranking Emerging Market Countries – When Numbers Are Not Enough

Saint Paul, Minnesota – March 10, 2015 – After two consecutive years of negative returns investors are increasingly speculating about whether 2015 will be the year that emerging market equities rebound. Through the end of February, the MSCI EM index is up 3.7%. Magni is cautiously optimistic that these equities will move even higher over […]

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