Country Risk Update June 2014

June 2014

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

Global Economic Outlook: Advanced countries drive growth

Although US growth data for Q1 have been revised downwards (from initial growth of 0.1%, to post an annualised quarter-on-quarter contraction of 1.0%) we remain broadly positive about global prospects in 2014. Advanced economies, led by the US, the UK and Japan continue to strengthen, but growth is forecast to slow in major emerging markets, including Brazil, China and Russia.

Meanwhile, a number of headwinds remain, including vulnerabilities in China (in the property sector, provincial government finances and heavy industry), low inflation in Europe (deflation would impact recovery), ever-shifting expectations around the timing of monetary policy tightening by central banks (foremost by the US Federal Reserve), and political risk premiums. The latter remain elevated (albeit easing) in the context of the Syrian civil war and the separatist conflict in Ukraine. The army coup in Thailand also underlined the sharp urgency of mid-income countries’ national politics.

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Angola: Investment and diversification efforts boost non-oil generated tax revenues.
Sudan: Political, security and economic instability weigh on the outlook.



Egypt: A low presidential election turnout highlights a lack of support for the political system.
Oman: Government policy retains its focus on national grievances to ease political risk.



Denmark: D&B upgrades Denmark’s country risk rating amid signs of a sustained recovery.
Germany:  Insolvency risk is falling but payments performance is on a deteriorating trend.



Croatia: Rising imports and heavy debt servicing costs drain FX reserves.
Czech Republic: D&B upgrades Czech Republic’s country risk rating amid a successful monetary stimulus policy.



China: Corruption and corporate governance could threaten long-term growth.
Indonesia: Political risk worsens amid mounting uncertainty over the presidential election.



Chile: Slowing economic growth restricts planned government reforms.
Costa Rica: A new era of political agreement now appears to be possible.

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veröffentlicht am: 25. Juni 2014