November 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):

New Zealand

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades New Zealand's country risk rating due to price improvements among key exports, above-average immigration, and improving economic growth.

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


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Singapore’s country risk rating due to increasing payment delays, deteriorating growth momentum and diminishing throughput traffic.

United Kingdom

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades the UK's country risk rating as developments suggest the country is heading for a 'hard' Brexit.

Outlook Trend Changes


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Australia due to improved key export prices, strengthening growth and fiscal stimulus.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Croatia, in expectation of a stable coalition government that pursues a centrist policy agenda.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Egypt in response to tensions with Saudi Arabia and increased popular discontent with worsening economic conditions.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Honduras due to a strengthening economy and persistent police purging efforts, but significant challenges remain.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Pakistan amid renewed tensions over Kashmir, and absence of a new IMF arrangement, which could stall reforms.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Taiwan due to a mild economic recovery, amid an uneven upturn in exports.





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