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Tips For Investors: Is Daily Beast’s Corruption Rating Really Unbiased?


 

A country’s level of corruption is one of the main factors determining its investment attractiveness. No wise investor would probably invest in the economy of a highly-corrupted country. These days, when the entire world is on the verge of falling into the abyss of another major crisis, attracting foreign investment has become a matter of life and death for numerous economies around the globe.
 
Strange as it may seem but the more critical the global economic situation is, the more ratings are published. Not so long ago Western mass media (like The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Forbes) reported that The Daily Beast had published its own international corruption rating. In other words, we can witness another attempt to divide the world into good and bad “guys”, i.e. corrupted countries and those that are corruption-free, democratic and attractive for investors.
 

 

 

 

How important are “corruption” ratings for investors?
 
According to Eugene Olkhovsky, Masterforex-V Academy’s leading expert, it is fairly easy to understand how can such ratings affect a country’s investment attractiveness.
 
Most investors pay attention to different ratings when deciding to invest in a foreign economy. By the way, more and more experts start questioning the objectivity of such ratings. Market Leader tries to be as objective as possible in highlighting any information that can be important to investors. It was noticed that when a certain rating irritates influential countries, they initiate publication bans and numerous investigations. It is sufficient to recollect, how the EU authorities started questioning the objectivity of international rating agencies after they started downgrading the credit ratings of European countries.
 
 
According to the experts of Masterforex-V Academy, when it comes to making any international rating, it should be unbiased, with transparent methodology and distinct criteria. Otherwise, a rating can quickly turn into a weapon of information warfare.
 
The Daily Beast’s rating
 
First of all, the rating is mainly based on Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 by Transparency International (for more details, please, also read Transparency International: Corruption Perception Index 2011 - Valuable Info For Investors Or Weapons Of Manipulating Public Opinion?)
 
The rating was made by The Daily Beast (a popular US edition), which doesn’t specialize in corruption ratings. Apart from Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 by Transparency International, the Daily Beast used Freedom House’s report on the freedom of the press and the latest data provided by the World Bank.
Transparency International is the only organization that makes scientifically-based corruption reports. It has a distinct definition of what corruption is while its index is based on a number of criteria. For more information, please, visit the official website.
 
However, The Daily Beast decided to expand Transparency International’s list of criteria, thus adding political rights, social freedoms and other irrelevant criteria.
 
The question arises: What is the object of the given research? Corruption or political and social freedoms? Obviously, these are different notions. Moreover, they contradict each other. There is very little or no corruption in totalitarian countries while corruption flourishes in those countries that make first democratic steps. It seems like we have a mere profanation here (I mean The Daily beast’s rating).
 
Uzbekistan is number 1, Belarus is number 6. Why?
This is unclear. The Daily Beast’s rating reveals only the world’s 20 Most Corrupt Countries (unlike TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index).
The Daily Beast’s rating looks as follows:
1. Uzbekistan (89,6 out 100)
 2. Eritrea (87,8 out 100)
 3. Laos (87,8 out 100)
 4. Afghanistan (86,3 out 100)
 5. Equatorial Guinea (84,2 out 100)
 6. Belarus (83 out 100)
 7. Congo (82,5 out 100)
 8. Swaziland (81,3 out 100)
 9. Iran (79,1 out 100)
 10. Ethiopia (78,5 out 100)
 11. Chad (78,2 out 100)
 12. Syria (76,8 out 100)
 13. Cote d’Ivoire (76,4 out 100)
 14. Venezuela (76 out 100)
 15. Iraq (75,5 out 100)
 16. Yemen (73,9 out 100)
 17. Burundi (73,6 out 100)
 18. Angola (72,3 out 100)
 19. Cambodia (71,9 out 100)
 20. Haiti (69,9 out 100).
 
There are some major changes in comparison with TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2011.
 
According to Transparency International’s index, Uzbekistan was number 5. The daily beast made it the world’s most corrupted country, thus eliminating Somali (by the way, Somali wasn’t included in the rating for some strange reasons). North Korea and Turkmenistan were also eliminated from the list (they were number 2 and 6 in TI’s rating).
It is not accidental that Iran is in the same list of highly-corrupted countries, especially amid the current confrontation between Iran and the West (the Strait of Hormuz, the oil embargo, various sanctions, Iran’s controversial nuclear program.)
The most shocking an unexpected change is that Belarus suddenly rallied from number 39 (Transparency international) up to number 6 (The Daily Beast). What on earth happened in Belarus that forced The Daily Beast into making such changes?
 
 
Dmitriy Frantsevich, the head of the Belarusian Association of Traders and Investors under Masterforex-V Academy, is sure that even despite the fact that the USA and the EU keep questioning the Belarusian democracy, Belarus is not as corrupted as the Daily Beast thinks.  In fact, Belarus is less corrupted that some other states of the former USSR. Anyway, it cannot be the world’s 6th most corrupted country.
 
Corruption is a delicate issue, which needs a delicate approach. However, The Daily Beast seems to be manipulating the data taken from other competent sources to pursue some shady goals (probably some orders from above). The Daily Beast’s rating looks biased and hardly deserves investors’ attention.
 
Market Leader and Masterforex-V Academy would appreciate if you could participate in a survey. Please, visit the Academy’s forum for traders and investors and answer the following question:
 
In your opinion, Is The Daily Beast’s rating worth being trusted?

 

 

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Soros, Rockefeller and Other Billionaires Ask U.S. Government to Raise Taxes for Them

The State of New York’s richest citizens – including some of the world’s richest families such as Soros, Rockefeller, Disney and others – have signed a petition to ask the local authorities to raise the taxes for the super-rich.

 

 
The extra money allocated as the result of those tax hikes are offered to be spend on schools, infrastructure, support for the homeless and other important things. The billionaires say that it’s time to invest in the long-term economic attractiveness of New York.
Publication date: 25 March 06:02 AM

Polish Defense Minister Calls Donald Tusk a Traitor

Not so long ago, Poland found itself in the middle of another political scandal. The thing is that the Polish Minister of Defense accused President of the European Council Donald Tusk in a diplomatic betrayal. For those of you who don’t know, Donald Tusk used to be the Prime Minister of Poland.
 
To be more specific, Donald Tusk was allegedly cooperating with Vladimir Putin when he was the Prime Minister of Poland. They Defense Minister claims that the aim of this cooperation was to undermine Poland’s national interests after the Polish President’s airplane crashed in Russia in 2010. Apart from the President, there were 95 people on board, including a lot of high-ranking Polish politicians. Unfortunately, nobody survived the crash.
 
Publication date: 24 March 09:48 AM

Candidate Macron Is Against Tighter Relations with Russia

Emmanuel Macron is a former French Minister of Economy and one of the candidates of the post of the President of France.  He thinks that France should be moving forward to tighter relations with the Russian Federation.
 

 

During the pre-election debates broadcast by TF1, Emmanuel Macron showed that he wouldn’t make friends with Moscow if he elected President of France. He thinks that France needs independence and tighter cooperation with fellow EU countries. He wants to make France stronger and more independent based on responsibility and real European policies.
 
Publication date: 24 March 12:49 AM

Russia's Become More Influential in the Middle East, Stratfor Says

According to Stratfor, a US-based private analytic company, Russia has really become more influential in the Middle East.
 
According to the recent report released by Stratfor the other day, since the Russian federation has deployed its troops in Syria, it has been increasing its role in the entire region. Apart from helping Iran (shipping weapons) and Egypt (investing through Russian tourists), Russia has been actively participating in several regional disputes at the same time.
Publication date: 23 March 09:32 AM

Evgeny Kiselev on 3 Years of Russia's Crimean Shame

For those of you who don’t know, a couple of days ago, Russia celebrated the 3rd anniversary of getting back the Crimea, which was essentially annexation. Evgeny Kiselev, a famous Russian journalist who later got the Ukrainian citizenship, decided to comment on the results of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea that took place 3 years ago.
 
Publication date: 23 March 04:27 AM

Europe Looks Helpless Under the Treat Coming from Russia, Experts Say

According to several experts, including Mikhail Samous, a military expert from Ukraine, at this point the entire Europe looks helpless when it comes to any possible threat coming from Russia.
 

 

To be more specific, Mikhail and his fellow experts assume that Europe has still failed to come up with efficient ways of resisting the kind of a hybrid war Russia has been waging in Ukraine, and even some other places around the world.

Publication date: 22 March 08:43 AM

Trump's in Search of Peaceful Conflict Resolution in Donbass

Donald Trump met with Angela Merkel. There are reported to have spent a lot of time discussing the situation in Ukraine.
 

 

Having talked to Angela Merkel, Donald Trump agreed with the idea of peaceful resolution of the Donbass conflict. However, he also gave everyone to understand that some other scenarios are possible as well. He said that ideally they are looking for the ways and means to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way.
Publication date: 22 March 02:54 AM

Queen Stats Brexit

From now on, the British government is allowed to start the so-called Brexit, i.e. the process of quitting the European Union for good. The thing is that the previously approved document aimed at starting the Brexit procedure is now signed by Queen Elizabeth II. This means that the British government has got a green light to implement the people’s will expressed during the corresponding referendum on June 23rd, 2016. From now on, there is no stopping Theresa may from starting the Brexit.

Publication date: 20 March 11:28 AM

It’s Necessary to Prevent Russia from Influencing the Balkans, Theresa May Says

According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Balkan states are in jeopardy. This threat is coming from Russia. That’s why she thinks that European leaders should establish tighter cooperation with those Balkan states that are not EU members to avoid letting Russia spread their influence over those states.

Publication date: 20 March 06:12 AM

Angela Merkel's Gonna Shed Some Light on the Situation in Ukraine for Donald Trump

Several Western online sources report that Angela Merkel is willing to tell Donald Trump all the truth about what’s really going on in Ukraine. The thing is that German observers assume that Donald Trump knows relatively little about the situation in Ukraine in general and the East of Ukraine in particular. That’s why they assume that their Chancellor seems to think that it’s now here responsibility as a European leader to shed some light on the situation and help the U.S. President understand the real state of affairs in the region, especially in the Crimea and Donbass.

Publication date: 20 March 05:35 AM