Country Risk Update January 2014

January 2014

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

Key Risks: Getting back to ‘policy-as-usual’ may be what is feared most.

In 2013, financial markets exchanged one fear (that the euro zone would break up), for another: that the ultra-easy policy stances of the G3 economies would not last forever, with unpredictable results for capital flows, asset values and emerging markets. The shoring up of the European monetary union, by building the kind of mechanisms a common currency area requires, can be seen as a temporary success. However, even as the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan eased further in 2013, a hint of US Federal Reserve tightening produced dizzy volatility in emerging market currencies and bond yields. How the Fed’s next step will play out is the key question in 2014, not uncertainty about demand in the US, Europe and Japan (which should gently expand).

The year ahead will bring a host of complex puzzles requiring resolution: whether Ireland can become the first euro casualty to emerge fully from its bailout; whether Brazil can rekindle its sources of economic growth; whether India can control double-digit inflation, without a further sacrifice in growth; and whether China can reform its financial system and vested interests into allocating capital efficiently and without moral hazard. Meanwhile, risks of a political nature (seen lately in the Ukraine and Thailand) could yet bring surprises.

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South Africa: Weak external demand and faltering domestic demand compound the dour outlook.
Zambia: Increased mining activity will support strong economic growth.



Israel: Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians begin to show tentative signs of progress.
United Arab Emirates: Levels of confidence and activity in the private sector rebound robustly.



Netherlands: The economy grows as the real estate market bottoms out and the euro zone rebounds.
United Kingdom:  The economy continues to grow robustly and looks well-set compared to its European peers.



Hungary: High levels of public debt look to be threatening growth and stability.
Russian Federation: Economic growth looks set to be modest in the year ahead. 



China: Banking and local government stresses temper optimism over economic prospects.Hong Kong: Economic growth proves resilient to the drop in real estate market activity.



Cuba: The government expands access to credit as it aims to modernise its economic model.
United States: D&B upgrades the US‘ country risk rating as revised data confirms the economic recovery.

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veröffentlicht am: 03. Januar 2014