Country Risk Rating Alert - March 2018

05 maalis 2018

D&B’s Country Risk Indicator provides a comparative, cross-border assessment of the risk of doing business in a country and encapsulates the risk that country-wide factors pose to the predictability of export payments and investment returns over a time horizon of two years.

Dun & Bradstreet’s Country Insight Snapshot Reports provide greater visibility of potential upcoming outlook trend changes for each country. Any changes to the outlook trend can be further explored in the headlines and key developments section of the reports.

This is a powerful refinement and – alongside the Country Risk Ratings – provides our customers with even greater visibility of the current and future situations across 132 countries.

Shown below are our Risk Rating Changes recently published in the latest edition of our International Risk & Payment Review Journal.

What You Need To Know:

Which Countries have been Upgraded

Risk level has improved:


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Argentina's country risk rating amid marked progress in the advancement of fiscal and structural reforms, and with more expected.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Portugal's country risk rating in the light of strong and well-balanced economic data registered at the end of 2017.

Which Countries have been Downgraded

Risk level has deteriorated

Costa Rica

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Costa Rica's country risk rating due to political concerns following February's election, with further downgrades possible after April's second-round vote.

Outlook Trend Change:


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Austria as figures show that real GDP growth accelerated throughout 2017 from an already robust base.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Iran as widespread demonstrations, in the short term at least, are successfully suppressed by the regime.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Jordan as the latest macroeconomic data highlights continuing weak growth and rising external debt.





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