January 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 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):


No countries have been downgraded this month.

Outlook Trend Changes



Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Austria following the presidential election victory of independent Alexander Van der Bellen, who defeated far-right candidate Norbert Hofer.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Bolivia as water scarcity heightens social tensions, threatening violence and instability.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Denmark to 'stable' as two new parties join the government, ending the immediate risk of its collapse.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for India, due to the demonetisation of rupee banknotes, and its far-reaching impact on supply chains and demand.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Lithuania as insecurity fears rise due to President-elect Trump's generally Russia-friendly rhetoric and NATO comments.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Pakistan amid moves to accelerate tax reforms, and reduce political uncertainty by appointing a new army chief.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Tunisia following the success of the 'Tunisia 2020' conference, which will boost economic potential.





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