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June 2017

Country Risk Update

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

Global economic growth appears to be strengthening after slowing to 2.3% in 2016 (from 2.6% in 2015). We are currently forecasting growth of 2.8% in 2017, the highest since 2011albeit still below the levels seen prior to the outbreak of the global financial crisis in 2008. Fundamentals are improving in the euro zone and the US, with inflation at last moving back towards central bank targets. However, on the downside, there is still considerable uncertainty about China’s ability to avoid a significant downturn as its financial imbalances plague decision-makers.

Moreover, other factors are ensuring that uncertainty remains elevated. Although political concerns are lower than at the start of the year, the US administration still faces significant domestic pressures, and the shape of the UK’s exit from the EU will not be clarified in the short term, keeping business uncertainty high. In addition, forthcoming elections in Italy, which include an anti-EU party, put further pressure on the EU. Meanwhile, as the global economy improves the impact of the necessary normalisation of central banks’ policies is far from clear.

This complimentary newsletter from D&B's Country Insight Services group has been put together by their team of experts using the most up-to-date information to provide a snapshot of the latest macro market risk situation, and provides an excellent overview for those exposed to cross-border credit or investment risks.

This complimentary newsletter from D&B's Country Insight Services group has been put together by their team of experts using the most up-to-date information to provide a snapshot of the latest macro market risk situation, and provides an excellent overview for those exposed to cross-border credit or investment risks.

D&B Country Insight Snapshots

Designed with the help of our customers these reports build on the key areas assessed by 'D&B's Country Insight Model' and deliver a perfect balance between mitigating risk exposure and providing insight into new opportunities.

Australia

The 2017 Budget marks a shift as the government seeks new revenue in lieu of cuts.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Australia.pdf

Belgium

The pace of growth in bankruptcies has peaked, and we expect a slowing trend in 2017.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Belgium.pdf

Brazil

The president's legal woes continue amid new accusations.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Brazil.pdf

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