January 2018: 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.

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 Lebanon's country risk rating as Prime Minister Saad Hariri revokes his resignation following cabinet agreement over disassociation.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades the Netherlands' country risk rating on the back of a strong economic performance among key trading partners and very positive forward-looking indicators.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Singapore’s country risk rating due to a vastly improved external trading environment, which is in turn lifting the domestic economy.

Which Countries have been Downgraded (risk level has deteriorated):

Costa Rica

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Costa Rica's country risk rating due to a loan scandal, influence peddling and judicial and banking irregularities, casting a shadow over public sector probity.

Outlook Trend Change:


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Angola as parliament approves a new and less protectionist customs regime, reducing import costs for various products.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Brazil as growth accelerates, despite the deferral to 2018 of a vote in congress on pension reforms.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades its rating outlook for Honduras as the country sinks into deep crisis following the disputed presidential vote.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Nigeria as the country emerges from recession, oil production and prices edge higher, and positive developments unfold in the tech sector.


Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Syria as military stabilisation, and the beginning of reconstruction, are likely to provide significant economic stimulus.







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