Country Risk Update August 2014

August 2014

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

Global Economic Outlook: US and China post improved Q2 growth

The global economic growth outlook for 2014 improved with the release of real GDP data for the US, which showed an annualised growth of 4% in Q2, significantly above expectations. In addition, China also posted an improved performance in Q2, with growth of 7.2% year on year, up from 7.1% y/y in Q1 and reversing three consecutive quarters of slowing growth. We are forecasting stronger global growth in H2 2014 as the recovery finally becomes embedded.

Nevertheless headwinds remain, with geopolitical crises around the Gaza strip, Ukraine and Iraq and Syria continuing to undermine market confidence, especially in the vital energy sector. Other headwinds include potential asset bubbles, including house prices in London and the Netherlands, and junk bonds. Tightening liquidity as the US Federal Reserve ends it quantitative easing programme in October 2014 and uncertainty around the timing of the inevitable rise in interest rates will impact negatively on the markets. Concerns about imbalances in China and the debt hangover in Europe also remain.

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Tunisia: Policy instability and security volatility mar the short-term outlook.
Uganda: An IMF report underlines the healthy economic growth outlook.



Egypt: Concerns remain about political stability and economic sustainability.
Qatar: The external position remains strong but will come under growing pressure.



Turkey: Economic and security concerns undermine the risk outlook.
United Kingdom:  The short-term economic outlook continues to improve.



Serbia: The process of recovery from the recent floods begins in earnest.
Slovakia: The risk of expropriation increases as the government makes moves on the energy sector.



Korea (South): External economic growth remains excellent but policymakers are still anxious.
Singapore: Overall growth declines as domestic industries go through a rebalancing phase.



Argentina: The country defaults on sovereign debt for the second time in 13 years.
Venezuela: Political risk remains elevated as the trial of a key opposition figure commences. 

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veröffentlicht am: 12. August 2014