August 2016

Country Risk Update

Welcome to the latest issue of D&B's Country Risk Update.

The short-term global outlook is still qualified by the uncertainty created by the British electorate’s vote to leave the EU. Consumer and business surveys in the UK and EU have shown a sharp decline in confidence since the vote, which will transmit into lower spending and investment plans in the short term. Nevertheless, in July, financial market volatility fell from the levels seen in the week immediately after the vote, and even if downgrades to global growth forecasts for 2016 have become the norm, these are not all due to the ‘Brexit’ economic effect.

As expected, the US dollar has strengthened, pushing the possibility of any Fed interest rate rise back to December. Meanwhile, the pound sterling and the euro have weakened in line with the ‘hunt’ for yield as longer and deeper monetary easing is expected, with investors continuing to pull equity funds out of Europe. In terms of commodities, by August oil prices had fallen 20% since the UK’s vote, dragged lower by the strong dollar, resilient shale oil supply and prodigious product inventory buildups; meanwhile gold has strengthened as the zero returns from the precious metal begin to look attractive compared to negative yields on government bond issues. Against this background, we are currently forecasting that global real GDP growth will slow to 2.2% in 2016, from 2.5% in 2015 and 2.7% the previous year; growth in the UK is set to fall to 1.3% in 2016, from 2.3% in 2015.

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D&B Country Insight Snapshots

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The economy maintains its momentum despite the UK's Brexit vote.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Spain.pdf


China's diplomatic freeze puts the economy under new pressure.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Taiwan.pdf


Government revenue falls due to lower oil and nickel prices.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Cuba.pdf

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