February 2015

Country Risk Update

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

Uncertainty will continue to dominate the global environment in the early months of 2015, at the very least. The belated introduction of the ECB’s quantitative easing (QE) programme worth EUR60bn (USD68bn) per month from March does not appear to have impressed the markets. It is also adding further fuel to the currency war debate as the euro weakens and US dollar strengthens following the end of the US Federal Reserve’s QE programme (worth USD85bn per month) in 2014. The rout in oil prices (with a fall of around 60% since June 2014) allied to weakening commodity prices is adding a further layer of complexity, particularly in relation to the threat of deflation in the euro zone. Finally, political and security factors relating to Russia, the Middle East and the future of Greece in the EU, further undermine the outlook.

The diverging growth patterns among the largest economies are evidently intensifying as the Fed readies to hike rates. In the US and UK growth remains on an upward trend, if lower than potential. However, demand weakness in Japan, China and the euro zone is a dampener on other economies, in particular the commodity-exporting countries.

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.

Country Risk Snapshots

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Lower inflation expectations and weak manufacturing prompt the central bank to adjust policy.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Singapore.pdf


Improved retail sales and labour market conditions boost the economy.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: Spain.pdf

United States of America

Quarterly growth slows, but the underlying trend is strong, mainly driven by consumer spending.
Read D&B Country Insight Snapshot: USA.pdf

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