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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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London Officially: 75 Percent for European Union

Results of the referendum held in the business center of London have been processed.

 

City men are against Great Britain’s exit from the EU. This is demonstrated by vote in London City, where 75 percent of voters have said a firm “no” to Brexit.

 

Publication date: 25 June 03:24 PM

Most British Citizens Support Brexit

According to The Independent, with reference to the recent survey conducted by the ORB, 55% of the U.K. citizens support the idea of quitting the European Union, which is also known as the so-called Brexit. Apparently, the remaining 45% still want to stay in the European Union. It is interesting to note that 12 months ago, the entire picture was the opposite.

Publication date: 14 June 09:33 AM

U.K. Counts Possible Financial Losses In Case Of Brexit

More and more experts and observers start speculating on the possible fate of the United Kingdom in case of the so-called Brexit, which stands for the British exit from the European Union. They keep on trying to predict the financial losses awaiting the U.K. people down the road if they dare quit.

 

 
Publication date: 26 May 09:56 AM

U.S. Energy Sector Sees More Defaults

According to several online sources specializing in the U.S. energy sector, the amount of businesses in the U.S. energy sector that went bankrupt in 2015 increased all the way up to 13%. The sources rely on the results of the resent research conducted by Fitch. Back in 2014, the similar figures used to be under 2%. On top of that, the experts are sure that by the end of 2016, the amount of bankruptcies among U.S. energy companies is going to reach 20%.

Publication date: 26 May 07:32 AM

Another Interest Rate Hike by the Fed Expected In June

Some representatives of the international expert community remind us that the Fed is going to go back to discussing the possibility of another interest rate hike in the near future. This discussion is going to take place during the forthcoming FOMC meeting in June. They say that the markets are wrong when expecting the same interest rate for the 4th month in a row.

Publication date: 17 May 05:42 PM

Saudi Arabia Wants Less Dependence On Crude Oil

Not so long ago, a representative of the Saudi King’s was reported to have introduced a new development plan for Saudi Arabia until the year of 2030. It is named Vision 2030. The plan reveals the local authorities’ intention to introduced some fundamental changes to the country’s economy and financial system. They are aware of the serious dependence on crude oil exports, which is why they want to reduce this exposure to the international market of crude oil by making the local economy more diverse and less dependent on the local oil industry, especially amid still low oil prices and great uncertainty dominating today’s financial markets in general and the global oil market in particular.

Publication date: 04 May 11:12 AM

Fed Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

The members of the Fed’s FOMC left the key interest rate unchanged at 0,25%-0,5% during the latest meeting last week. This is confirmed by the FOMC meeting minutes. To be more specific, the minutes read that the information received since the March meeting clearly indicates that the contemporary labor market is definitely improving and recovering despite the likelihood of another economic slowdown in the USA.

Publication date: 03 May 05:07 PM

Saudi Arabia Ready to Reduce Oil Dependence

Not so long ago, a representative of the Saudi King’s was reported to have introduced a new development plan for Saudi Arabia until the year of 2030. It is named Vision 2030. The plan reveals the local authorities’ intention to introduced some fundamental changes to the country’s economy and financial system. They are aware of the serious dependence on crude oil exports, which is why they want to reduce this exposure to the international market of crude oil by making the local economy more diverse and less dependent on the local oil industry, especially amid still low oil prices and great uncertainty dominating today’s financial markets in general and the global oil market in particular.

 

Publication date: 03 May 10:03 AM

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Games May Be Dangerous to Both Russia and USA

According to Andrey Gudkov, an observer for Deutsche Welle, the oil games played by Saudi Arabia may present danger to Russia and the USA. The be more specific, the observer says that the Saudis are playing dangerous oil games. They have been playing similar games in security and politics. Now they are playing those in macroeconomics. For instance, it was Saudi Arabia who intentionally disrupted the recent oil summit in Doha. On top of that, the Saudis announced their intention to sell tons of U.S. bonds to a stunning amount of $750 billion. Such unexpected steps may undermine financial markets worldwide and eventually affect a number of major and emerging economies, including Russia and the USA.

Publication date: 22 April 09:26 AM

Brexit May Cost EU 5% GDP

As you probably know, it is still unclear whether the UK is going to stay an EU member. The local officials seem to be against the so-called Brexit. However, the plain folks are going to make the final decision. The thing is that the authorities are going to conduct a Brexit referendum to let the people decide whether to stay in the European Union or quit it.
 
Publication date: 07 April 12:11 PM