November 2015

Country Risk Update

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

The headwinds from the emerging economies, in particular China, along with weaker than hoped for growth in the advanced economies are posing problems for the world’s central banks. As of end-October, 45 central banks had introduced more easing in 2015, while only 23 had tightened monetary policy. Following its two-day, October meeting, the US Federal Reserve held its rate at the record low of 0.00% to 0.25%; unchanged since December 2008. The Fed noted that US growth was still expanding at a moderate rate, while risks to economic activity and the labour market were balanced.

In contrast, in late October, the ECB unsettled markets by setting expectations that it would expand its EUR1.1trn quantitative easing programme at its December meeting, with the possibility of cutting its interest rate should the downturn in emerging markets threaten the Euro zone’s recovery. Meanwhile, with Japan on the edge of a technical recession and inflation falling well short of target, the Bank of Japan rejected pressure to expand its programme of bond purchases in October, which, being worth close to 10% of GDP a year, is already far in excess of the ECB programme in relative size.

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.

United States of America

The US expansion remains intact despite a slowdown in Q3.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: United States of America.pdf


Business opportunities abound as demographics and economic structure enable long-term growth.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Philippines.pdf


An electoral shift could cause the long-term economic outlook to deteriorate.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Switzerland.pdf

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