October 2016

Country Risk Update

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

The major central banks continue to be concerned by weak growth – globally and in their jurisdictions – and by inflation, which continues to run at below-target levels. Consequently, at its September meeting the US Federal Reserve – as expected – did not raise its policy rate. Nevertheless, we believe that the Fed will raise interest rates at its December meeting, with two further rises in 2017. Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Japan evolved its unconventional approach to monetary easing by introducing a target for ten-year interest rates (the benchmark rate for long-term interest rates) in relation to its bond-buying programme.

The move by the Bank of Japan highlights the dearth of options facing central bankers when policy rates are close to zero (or in some cases negative). Although questions are being raised about how effective central bank policies can be given that interest rates are already so low, the lack of demand in the real economy leaves the authorities with little alternative in the short term but to rely on monetary easing. However, concerns remain that the longer-term impact will be the creation of asset price imbalances and bubbles.

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

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Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Australia as growth fundamentals improve.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Australia.pdf


A national plebiscite on the peace agreement in October is likely to be ratified by voters.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Colombia.pdf


The central bank keeps interest rates low.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Norway.pdf

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