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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Is Saudi Arabia ready to Capitalize on Potential Upgrade to Emerging Market Status?

This article by CEO Kurt Lieberman originally appeared in Finance Forward, November 23, 2015. This article explores the readiness of Saudi Arabia to be included in the emerging markets and specifically compares it to the other majority Muslim countries in emerging markets– Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. In a recent article Magni […]

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CEO Kurt Lieberman to Speak at the World Islamic Banking Conference in Bahrain

22nd Annual Conference Convenes International Business and Finance Leaders FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. PAUL, MN, November 3, 2015 – Magni Global Asset Management today announced that CEO Kurt Lieberman will be speaking about the role of country-level governance in Islamic Finance at the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) in Bahrain, being held December 2nd and 3rd. […]

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Islamic Leadership in Emerging Markets

This article by CEO Kurt Lieberman originally appeared in Finance Forward, October 12, 2015. Most discussions of Islamic Finance focus on substitutes for debt and overcoming the prohibition on riba. When Islamic Finance discussions turn to equities, the focus is usually on Shariah compliance of individual companies and investment products built on portfolios of Shariah-compliant companies. […]

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Malaysia and Singapore: Differences Can Be Deceiving

This article by CEO Kurt Lieberman originally appeared in Finance Forward, Sept. 13, 2015. When analysts and investors assess investment opportunities, they frequently look for numbers and other information that compare the opportunities and identify the differences. The resulting insights become the basis for estimating future valuations and hence potential investment performance of the opportunities. Perhaps […]

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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 – June 2015

Country Ranking Magni Research upgraded Australia for meaningful improvements to its Market Integrity (see below). Australia has achieved top rank across all countries in the developed and emerging markets, though several countries in the developed markets have Magni Country Scores very close to Australia. In the past year the scores of South Korea, Japan, Spain […]

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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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