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Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

Denmark – more controls on immigrants, more plebiscites; Jamaica – the bond rating agencies are optimistic; Moldova – a staggering level of graft and corruption; Tanzania – borrowing to replace aid. ANGOLA:  Now that the impact of the global fall in oil prices is being fully felt, dollars are scarce, which has led to remittance delays, and the government has ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

Burundi – new election deadlines and more violence; China – growing international use of the yuan; Greece – down to the wire; Uzbekistan – unusually volatile black currency market. CANADA:  Extreme weather and the global oil price drop hit the economy in the first quarter. While the weather effect is passing, oil will have a negative influence for some time. ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Brazil – putting the inflation fight ahead of economic stimulation; Chile – downward revised predictions; Ecuador – banks now must accept the dinero electronico; Greece – brinkmanship down to the wire. ARGENTINA:  There is less optimism now that whoever replaces Pres. Fernandez in the October elections will be able to liberalize regulations and turn the economy around quickly. Meanwhile, the ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep and Eye On

Brazil – important legislative victories for Ms. Rousseff; Denmark – a rosier economic picture; Guatemala – the political crisis is widening; Mexico – downward revision of growth expectations; Sweden – the markets are testing the Riksbank; Venezuela – the bolivar heads for the basement. GUINEA: The economy has been hard hit by the effects of Ebola. Even with outside help it ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Brazil – negotiations to freeze budget spending; Dominican Republic – strong growth, robust peso; Georgia – benefitting from its Western connections; Tanzania – the shilling has fallen to an all-time low. EGYPT: President al-Sisi is doing well in polishing Egypt’s international image and, importantly, in paving the way for an economic rebound. Most of the indicators are now pointing in ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Australia – a cautious budget, not too tough but still disciplined; Peru – popular resistance keeps many mining projects in limbo; Slovenia – a political crisis has been avoided. BRAZIL:  The outlook for the economy remains bleak, beclouded, as it is, by three uncertainties that could raise havoc as they conflate. One of them is the pernicious corruption scandal that ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Australia – interest rate cut; Chile – a massive Cabinet reshuffle; Egypt – feeding more dollars into the FX market; Finland – a Eurosceptic party may join the governing alliance; Syria – emergency aid from Iran. CHAD: The Republic of Chad reached a milestone of sorts by completing requirements for the IMF/World Bank Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, which will allow ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Australia – the aussie at par with the kiwi, almost; Japan – a credit downgrade that makes little sense; Kazakhstan – an apology for an overwhelming election victory; Sweden – struggling to keep the exchange rate down; Venezuela – down to having to hock gold. ALBANIA:  The country remains on track to join the EU – eventually – but much ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends To Keep an Eye On

Mauritius – the rupee seems to have regained its balance; Trinidad & Tobago – shortages of FX still persist, delaying payments; Venezuela – worsening relations with the US. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA:  The European Union has decided to move ahead with a pre-accession pact, in the hope that the Bosnian leadership will stick to its reform commitments. This is a considerable ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

Denmark – from the top to the bottom for the krone; Hong Kong – battling to defend the USD peg; Morocco – a rebased basket link for the dirham; Singapore –better-than-expected numbers; Tanzania – the international donor group resumes aid; Turkey – vulnerabilities come to the surface. AUSTRALIA:  The Reserve Bank is letting another month go by without changing interest ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Jamaica – new investment laws & regulations in the making; Turkey – the lira’s depreciation hurts companies carrying FX debt; Uzbekistan – a steep drop of the sum; Vietnam – the economy continues to do well. ARMENIA:  The country has been painfully sideswiped by the troubles besetting the Russian economy, having just joined the Moscow-led EEU. Strategic reasons persuaded Yerevan ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Tajikistan – an unwitting but hard-pressed victim of Russia’s troubles; Thailand – a lifting of martial law, but in name only; United Arab Emirates – new, more relaxed rules governing IPOs. ARGENTINA: A slew of measures to benefit consumers are being unveiled as the country prepares for elections, but they will not do much to crank the ailing economy into higher ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Belarus – stirring up the potash market; Middle East – alarming developments in Yemen that open up a new front in the Sunni-Shia confrontation; Nigeria – on the eve of potentially troubled elections; Tajikistan – FX crisis made in Russia; Ukraine – financial help may have to wait. AUSTRALIA:  The coming weekend may pose a new political challenge for the ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Denmark – a concession to commercial banks; Georgia – renewed proof of Russia’s expansionism; Norway – toward lower interest rates; Sweden – the Riksbank doubles down on its monetary easing. BRAZIL: The real is taking a beating in the midst of a near-perfect storm of troubles. For now, the Central Bank has stopped supporting it, but there is anyway little ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Indonesia – a special tax on imports of raw materials; Korea (South) – joining the bandwagon in the direction of looser monetary policies; Thailand – lower interest rates as well; Ukraine – the IMF is granting a USD 17.5-billion bailout. ALGERIA: To preserve the country’s stability through the Arab Spring, the regime has relied heavily on a mix of police power ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Argentina – a helping hand from a local judge; Brazil – the real is taking a beating; Egypt – a new investment law in the making; Poland – the last interest rate cut? CHINA:  Some lawmakers in the US are still pushing the notion that the PRC ought to be declared a “currency manipulator.” What they ignore is that the ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Czech Republic – still a tug of war over the exchange rate cap; Hong Kong – a budget with a number of sweeteners; Singapore – the first increase in the top income tax rate in decades; Ukraine – a ban on commercial FX trading. AZERBAIJAN:  The CB abandoned efforts to keep the manat stable in the face of plunging oil ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

Botswana – lower interest rates; Czech Republic – speculation that the FX cap may come off; Indonesia – reverse course for interest rates; Mexico – keeping an eye peeled on US trends. ARGENTINA:  The President’s final months in office are promising to be even more turbulent than her administration has been to date, overshadowed by debt and economic problems and ... Read More »