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 – March 2016

Country Ranking Trends Magni completed a review of key shareholder rights. As a result of the review, Turkey’s score for protecting shareholder rights in distressed companies was reduced. Scores in all other countries are unchanged. As mentioned last month, Magni Country Scores on average increase over time. The pace of governance improvements around the world […]

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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 – January 2016

Country Ranking Trends Turkey was upgraded for improvements to its market integrity (see the comments on Turkey below). The overall trends discussed in recent commentaries remain the same. A few more countries are improving than deteriorating. Collectively, the average score continues to increase at a modest pace. Making Indonesian Investment More Attractive Indonesia is expected […]

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Monthly Investment and Research Commentary – December 2015

Country Ranking Trends As noted in last month’s commentary, the United Kingdom was at risk of an additional downgrade. Magni’s assessment is complete and the country was downgraded (see below). As the year comes to a close, a little less than half of the countries in the developed and emerging markets increased their Magni Country […]

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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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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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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 – 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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