March 2015

Country Risk Update

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

The diverging growth patterns among the global economies are intensifying as US and UK growth remain on an upward trend, if lower than potential. However, demand weakness in Japan, China and the euro zone is acting as a dampener on other economies, in particular the commodity-exporting countries. As a result central banks appear to be becoming more active. With the US Federal Reserve again signalling its determination to raise interest rates this year and the UK also favouring raising interest rates, many other central banks are cutting rates; there have already been 22 cuts in 2015 as against 11 rises, of which seven have been related to the collapse of the Russia rouble as regional countries attempt to defend their currencies.

Adding to the level of uncertainty in the global markets are weakening commodity prices, albeit the oil price appears to have stabilised in February, which is exacerbating the deflationary trend in the euro zone. Political and security factors relating to Russia, the Middle East and the future of Greece in the EU, further undermine the outlook.

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.


The low global oil price hits investment in the hydrocarbon industry.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Canada.pdf


The economy expands at a rate amongst the world's fastest.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Philippines


D&B downgrades Switzerland's country risk rating following the sharp local currency appreciation.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Switzerland.pdf

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