August 2015

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.

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

What You Need To Know:

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


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Bahrain's country risk rating as the jailing of a key opposition leader signals a worsening of its human rights regime.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Chile's country risk rating amid a delayed economic recovery, education protests and government struggles over reform and corruption.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Kuwait's country risk rating after Islamic State bomb a Shi'a mosque, elevating political risk.

New Zealand

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades New Zealand's country risk rating amid ongoing fundamental risks, including falling key commodity export prices.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Singapore's country risk rating amid a deterioration in regional conditions, with manufacturing and services in particular facing problems.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Tunisia's country risk rating due to the Sousse terror attack's negative impact on tourism and the economy.

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


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Ireland's country risk rating amid steadily-improving macroeconomic conditions, with external risks the only clouds to an otherwise-positive outlook.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades the Netherlands' country's risk rating amid improving forward-looking indicators and falling insolvency risk.


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