April 2017

Country Risk Rating Alert

D&B’s Country Risk Indicator provides a comparative, cross-border assessment of the risk of doing business in a country and encapsulates the risk that country-wide factors pose to the predictability of export payments and investment returns over a time horizon of two years.

Country Insight Snapshot Reports

Dun & Bradstreet’s Country Insight Snapshot Reports provide greater visibility of potential upcoming outlook trend changes for each country. Any changes to the outlook trend can be further explored in the headlines and key developments section of the reports.

This is a powerful refinement and – alongside the Country Risk Ratings – provides our customers with even greater visibility of the current and future situations across 132 countries.

Shown below are our Risk Rating Changes recently published in the latest edition of our International Risk & Payment Review Journal.

What You Need To Know:

Which Countries have been Upgraded (risk level has improved):


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Argentina’s country risk rating due to firmer growth prospects supported by rising private investment and increased export demand.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Cyprus’s country risk rating due to an ongoing improvement in the macroeconomic environment, although there are caveats to this optimistic outlook.

Which Countries have been Downgraded (risk level has deteriorated):


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Bahrain's country risk rating on the back of increased violence, involving executions, police brutality, bombings and assassinations.

Outlook Trend Changes


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Australia due to a strong recovery in overall growth and the strength of key exports.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Croatia due to an acceleration in GDP growth for 2017, with increased private consumption and investment.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Norway as the country appears to be recovering from the prolonged oil price slump.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Switzerland as prospects for the economy undergo an improvement amid encouraging news.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for the UAE as the stronger oil price gives a boost to macroeconomic conditions.





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