January 2017

Country Risk Update

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

The policies of the main ‘G3’ central banks continue to diverge. In December, the ECB extended its quantitative easing programme to at least end-2017, although it reduced its asset purchase programme from EUR80bn to EUR60bn monthly. Similarly, the Bank of Japan continued with its easing policies, announcing it would ramp up purchases of bonds maturing in over ten years’ time.

In contrast, the US Federal Reserve took another step towards tightening policy, with only its second interest rate increase of the 2000s. The move had been extensively signalled and priced in by most markets.

However, the markets appeared to have been taken by surprise when the Fed indicated that it would adopt a more aggressive policy towards tightening, with three more rises projected in 2017. The differing policies reflect the divergent paths of economic growth across the globe, with the US economy moving towards full employment and target inflation, while inflation in the euro zone and Japan remains muted. The state rescue and potential nationalisation of Italy’s oldest bank in the last weeks of 2016, after a USD1bn anchor investment from Qatar failed to materialise, showed that Italy’s financial system was still vulnerable: indeed, Italy’s bank stocks lost half their market value in 2016.

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Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for India due to the demonetisation shock.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: India.pdf


Economic activity accelerates in the third quarter but the near-term outlook remains subdued.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Mexico.pdf


Russia remains in recession but the pace of contraction continues to moderate.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Russia.pdf

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