December 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 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):

Trinidad & Tobago

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Trinidad and Tobago's country risk rating as the country's economic growth performance weakens amid declining energy prices and production.

Outlook Trend Changes


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Iran amid concerns that the new US president will increase sanctions and dismantle the nuclear deal.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Lebanon as the position of president is finally filled after a 29-month hiatus.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Namibia due to ballooning budget deficits and public debt levels, while economic growth has slowed sharply.





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