It seems the reason the USA ranked low is because of lack of financial transparency on Wall Street. "Buyer Beware." There are a lot of greedy crooks on Wall Street, mafioso of the upper classes. You have to be careful in investing. Also, the problem is that they don't think enough or much is being done to correct the problem. Like the Madoff problem, don't trust your money to someone else; you have to do your own homework. How many people lost money in the stock market or to Bernie Madoff, raise your hand.
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from the article: Israel ranks No. 32 least corrupt country in the world