March 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):


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Iran's country risk rating by two quartiles following the lifting of most sanctions by the UN, US and EU.

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


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Canada's country risk rating amid early-2016 economic sluggishness, stemming from the low oil price, currency weakness and rising import costs.

Outlook Trend Changes


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Azerbaijan as the economy falters amid weak oil prices, a sharp drop in the manat, government cut-backs and rising inflation.

Hong Kong

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Hong Kong because of contagion fears from China's capital outflows and unpredictable policy responses.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for the Netherlands amid strong economic growth that is being driven by rising investment and domestic demand.



Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Slovenia as a deepening migration crisis increases threats to the cross-border passage of goods.


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