Country Risk Update November 2016

November 2016


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

A series of political uncertainties into 2017 are weighing on the already weak global economic outlook. With resurgent nationalism and protectionism, in both goods and labour markets, impacting on election cycles globally, the November 2016 presidential election results in the US have set the tone for economic developments out into the medium term. Markets had failed to price in the chances of the Trump victory bringing an increase in populist trends into global political discourse.

However, the shock of the Brexit vote in the UK had already showed that markets fail to price in political risk. In addition, parliamentary polls are scheduled in The Netherlands, France and Germany in 2017 (plus presidential elections in Austria in December 2016 and in France in Q2 2017). Thus, several key economies in Europe could see a change of government policies towards the economy and the EU itself in the next twelve months.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK will initiate Article 50, triggering the two-year period for leaving the EU, by end-Q1 2017. Worryingly, the indications are that the UK will adopt a strategy around a ‘hard’ exit restricting migrants, which is liable to increase the radical uncertainty for businesses into the medium term. Moreover, the threat from President-elect Donald Trump to withdraw the US from NAFTA has parallels with the 1930 ‚Smoot-Hawley‘ Tariff Act which impeded the recovery from the Great Depression.

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.



Cameroon: Pro-trade reforms and infrastructure investment improve the ease of doing business.
Ethiopia: The government declares a state of emergency in response to disruptive demonstrations.


Egypt: The central bank floats the currency amid a heavy devaluation.
Lebanon: Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for Lebanon as the position of president is finally filled.


Germany: The country’s international competitiveness slips marginally.
United Kingdom: Brexit’s unknown long-term effects still cloud the outlook despite robust quarterly growth.


Croatia: The new government is minded to cut corporation and income tax.
Russian Federation: Russia seeks to develop the Northern Sea shipping route as climate change melts Arctic ice.


China: The real estate boom has helped the economy but may already have run its course.
Indonesia: Inflation trends created room for an interest rate cut in October.


Bolivia: Real GDP growth slowdown leads to the cancellation of the extra year-end wage bonus.
United States of America: Growth remains on track but near-term uncertainty rises over the new government’s policies.

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Economic signals remain mixed but contraction gradually decelerates. Report


The country’s international competitiveness slips marginally. Report


The current account balance improves due to cheap energy prices and plummeting imports. Report

veröffentlicht am: 16. November 2016