Study: Switzerland, US most secretive financial centers

Reuters FRANKFURT (Reuters) — Switzerland and the United States are the most secretive major financial centers in the world, according to a global ranking compiled by a group campaigning for more transparency.

The Tax Justice Network’s study found Switzerland to be the “global capital of bank secrecy” while it placed the United States in second place because its share of global offshore financial services has increased steadily.

The study, which is published every two years, checks countries using several criteria including how much information they provide about the ownership of trusts or foundations and the degree to which they respect money-laundering rules.

The analysis looked at 110 countries.

John Christensen, director of the network, said the study showed that while some financial centers said they were becoming more transparent, the amount of information they released depended on who requested it.

“Rich, Western countries get information but poorer countries

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