September 2017: Country Risk Rating Alert

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.

Country Insight Snapshot Reports

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 Germany's country risk rating on the back of a booming labour market, very positive forward-looking indicators, and falling insolvency risk.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Malawi’s country risk rating because of improvements in key indicators and the completion of an IMF extended credit facility.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Portugal's country risk rating amid continued firm growth and strong employment figures in the second quarter.

Which Countries have been Downgraded (risk level has deteriorated)


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Oman's country risk rating on the back of weak economic fundamentals, splits within the GCC and concerns over succession.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Poland's country risk rating due to ongoing political problems, with the government's latest legislative proposal threatening to undermine judicial independence.

Outlook Trend Changes


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Egypt as FX reserves hit record levels amid signs of an appreciating currency.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for India following the central bank's decision to cut rates in August, citing weakness in industry in Q2.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Kuwait due to increased regional tensions, as relations with Iran deteriorate.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Libya as France brokers an agreement between the two main rivals, al-Sarraj and Haftar, although we remain sceptical as to its sustainability.






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