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August 2016

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 Risk Outlook Trend Changes Scoring

Dun & Bradstreet’s Country Insight Snapshot Reports now provide greater visibility of potential upcoming outlook trend changes for each country. This enables us to foreground any changes to the outlook trend by referring to them explicitly in the headlines and key developments sections of the reports, and explaining the underlying reasons for the change in rating outlook.

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):


No countries have been upgraded this month.

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

Turkey

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Turkey's country risk rating as political risk rises after the failed coup attempt, with the government's authoritarian tendencies likely to increase.

Outlook Trend Changes

Austria

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Austria following fallout from the presidential election and the Brexit vote, with increasing talk of so-called Auxit.

Bahrain

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Bahrain due to worsening political and economic factors, including the government's intensifying hardline approach to Shi'a political opponents.

Iraq

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Iraq on account of the improving fiscal prospects and progress in the war against Islamic State.

Israel

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Israel following the normalisation of relations with Turkey, which improves the economic and political outlooks.

Kuwait

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Kuwait due to a number of factors, which have improved its market potential and business environment.

Malta

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Malta due to potential negative spill-overs from the Brexit vote, because of strong historical connections with the UK economy.

Netherlands

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for the Netherlands due to increasing nervousness in the EU after the UK's Brexit vote.

Turkmenistan

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Turkmenistan amid reports of foreign exchange shortages, in turn seemingly related to low world gas prices.

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