Country Risk Update April 2014

April 2014

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

Global Economic Outlook: Headwinds Continue to Threaten Recovery

We are still optimistic that real global GDP growth in 2014 (2.6%) will significantly outperform that of 2013 (2.0%) as the economy finally starts to gain traction from the 2008-09 recession. However, performance is diverging, as highlighted by the March release of the OECD’s Composite Leading Indicators, which signalled strengthening growth momentum in advanced economies (e.g. the US, the euro area, Japan and the UK) but a continuing cyclical slowdown in major emerging markets if not yet in China.

However, headwinds remain. In particular, Chinese output and property markets are set to slow, driven by overcapacity and the concerns over corporate defaults. In addition, in the US early data for 2014 initially pointed towards growth of closer to 2.5% (below our forecast of 2.9%), showing the high, tangible impact of unseasonably cold weather. Inflation is also dangerously low across Europe; deflation would impact the slow recovery. Finally, the political risk premium spinning out of the Ukraine / Russia situation also threatens to undermine the wider regional business environment.

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.



Botswana: Strong economic growth is supported by diamond exports.
Tunisia: Policy instability and security volatility mar the overall outlook.



Egypt: The short-term political outlook stabilises as the presidential election approaches.
Jordan: Weak economic growth and political tensions undermine the risk outlook.



Portugal: The short-term economic outlook has improved but remains exposed to turbulence.
Spain:  Social unease intensifies as poverty levels continue to rise across the country.



Georgia: The EU accelerates plans to strengthen ties with Georgia following events in Ukraine.
Slovakia: The political environment faces a shake up following the presidential elections.



Malaysia: Surging electronics and natural gas exports support a positive outlook.
Taiwan: A public crisis is triggered by mounting opposition to freer trade with China.



Canada: Consumer spending supports a positive short-term economic outlook.
USA: Economic expansion remains on track and the labour market continues to recover. 

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veröffentlicht am: 01. April 2014