July 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 Albania's country risk rating as the Democratic Party ends its boycott of the country's political institutions.

Macedonia (FYR)

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Macedonia's country risk rating following the election of a new government and a calming of the political environment.

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


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Iran's country risk rating as the US sides with Sunni Saudi Arabia in its 'Islamic cold war' with Shi’a Tehran.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Qatar’s country risk rating and outlook as Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport links, raising serious economic concerns.

Outlook Trend Changes


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Lebanon as the cabinet approves an electoral law enabling parliamentary elections, averting a political crisis.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Romania as GDP growth surges to 5.7% y/y in Q1, although risks remain.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Slovenia following growth of 5.3% y/y in Q1, the fastest rate since the onset of the financial crisis.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Syria as the Islamic State retreats, and the conflict has reduced in intensity in the north.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Turkey on the back of stronger macroeconomic data, including stronger growth, falling inflation and reduced unemployment.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for the UAE as a result of increased political and economic tensions with Qatar.





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