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Country Risk: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Weekly Focus 2-10-11  To read the full story on Trends to keep an eyo on click on the attachment India – a host of problems making payments to Iran; Jordan – a new government with a more conservative bent; Pakistan – the Cabinet has been replaced with a smaller one to save money. This page is provided by S.J. Rundt ... Read More »

Equifax: Growth Returns to the Credit Information Sector

Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced financial results for the full year 2010, revenue from continuing operations was $1.86 billion, an 8 percent increase from 2009.  Full year 2010 net income from continuing operations attributable to Equifax was $235.2 million compared to $217.8 million in 2009, up 8 percent. Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $1.86 compared to $1.70 for the ... Read More »

TransUnion Introduces New Recovery Scores Containing Updated Consumer Data and Newest Modeling Technology

TransUnion announced at the Debt Buyers Association Conference the introduction of two new recovery models — Recovery Propensity Score and Recovery Yield Score. Both of these scores were developed using TransUnion’s freshest consumer data set and advanced modeling technology, allowing customers to supplement their own internal data into the scores to better target those accounts most likely to pay while ... Read More »

Value of Electronic News Services: AOL acquires Huffington Post

AOL has agreed to buy Huffington Post, one of the fastest-growing U.S. news site for $315 million.  The price is more than five times the $60 million revenues of Huffington Post.   Combined, the new AOL/Huffington Post claims 117 million unique visitors in the U.S. and 270 million worldwide; it’s a scale play to participate in the Big Leagues of digital ... Read More »

Credit Manager’s Index Shows Loosening of Trade Credit

The latest Credit Manager’s Index for January has been released and there are some truly encouraging indicators showing up this month – most notably in the area of credit availability. The most encouraging of the sub-sectors this month indicates the amount of credit which is beeing extended. The jump from 61.7 to 64.8 is very significant as this the signal that ... Read More »

China Banks Outperforms the World Bank

The China Development Bank and the China Export Import Bank made loans of over $110 billion last year while the World Bank made loans of just over $100 billion. The nature of these loans has been interesting and illustrates the strategic needs of the Chinese. There were a number of loans based on access to oil from Venezuela, Brazil and ... Read More »

Global Risk Climate: Trends To Keep An Eye On

Weekly Focus 1-27-11    To read the full story click on the link above Australia – an income tax surcharge to pay for flood damage; Belgium – still no government and the risk of a lowered credit rating; Japan – S&P’s has pared the country’s rating; Nigeria — tightened monetary and credit policies; Spain – a new push to clean up ... Read More »