Best Buy Tops the List of America’s Most Trustworthy Public Companies

Trust is earned and can easily be lost. Its importance cannot be overstated.

Best Buy topped the list of Amerca's Most Trustworthy Public Companies according to data and risk analytics firm TGF Analytics. The list of most trustworthy companies identified organizations through consideration of dozens of factors in five key areas of Financial Governance, Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG), Quality of Earnings, Relative Risk, and Market-Implied Governance. More than 1,500 companies were assigned Trust Ratings and rank-ordered.

"Trust is a keystone to all good relationships— those between investor and the company in which the investment is placed, between creditors and the recipients of credit, between customers and businesses they patronize, employees and the workplace, suppliers and with whom they contract, and more," said David R. Koenig, Founding Principal of TGF Analytics.

"Trust affects both our ability to engage in relationships and, in many cases, the cost of maintaining those relationships," continued Koenig. "Where there is a lack of trust, we substitute contracts, regulations, checks and balances, and intervention. Where there is substantial trust, on the other hand, we allow freedom to operate and to innovate. Trust is earned and can easily be lost. So, its importance cannot be overstated," he said.

Among the largest 500 companies in the data set, 53 earned A+ ratings, while among companies with a market capitalization below US$5 billion, 12 more were given the highest possible grade.

Topping the list of large cap companies were:

1.    Best Buy Co Inc
2.    Intuit Inc
3.    Adobe Systems Inc
4.    The Home Depot Inc
5.    Nike Inc.
6.    Ross Stores Inc
7.    F5 Networks Inc
8.    Boeing Co
9.    Rockwell Automation Inc
10.    S&P Global Inc
11.    Edwards Lifesciences Corp
12.    Mastercard Inc
13.    VMware Inc
14.    NVIDIA Corp
15.    Texas Instruments Inc
16.    Microsoft Corp
17.    W.W. Grainger Inc
18.    Costco Wholesale Corp
19.    Maxim Integrated Products Inc
20.    Apple Inc

And the top five with market caps below US$5 billion were:

1.    Deckers Outdoor Corp
2.    Louisiana-Pacific Corp
3.    UniFirst Corp
4.    Usana Health Sciences Inc
5.    Texas Roadhouse Inc

Less than 5% of publicly traded companies earned an A+ Trust Rating from TGF Analytics. You can see the complete list of 65 companies by clicking here.

Market Performance of Identified Companies

A static portfolio of the most trustworthy companies identified as of September 1, 2017 enjoyed investment returns of almost 8% more than the broad stock market and realized a Sharpe Ratio -- a key measure of risk-adjusted returns -- that was close to 40% better. In contrast, an equally weighted portfolio of the least trustworthy companies from that date experienced volatility that was 50% higher than the broad market and realized a Sharpe Ratio that was nearly 20% worse.

TGF Analytics stresses that it is not giving investment advice with these rankings but does provide unique risk insights that can be used by key parties in their relationships with publicly traded companies. More information on TGF Trust Ratings can be found on the TGF Analytics website at

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This report does not constitute tax, investment or other advice. Neither this report nor the information contained in it should be relied upon.

TGF Analytics does not aim to provide advice which is appropriate to the individual circumstances of the private investor. Use of this report is not a substitute for obtaining proper investment advice from an authorized investment professional. While the information contained herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, neither TGF Analytics nor any party through whom the reader obtains this report guarantees that it is accurate or complete or makes any warranty or representation with regard to the results obtained from its use. In addition, the information contained in this report may become inaccurate as a result of the passage of time and should therefore be read for historical information only.

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