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Country Risk Analyst

Monitor emerging risks.

Designed specifically for country and credit risk analysts, this service provides access to macroeconomic forecasts, country and sovereign risk ratings, and integrated daily intelligence for more than 200 countries. Dedicated risk dashboards and update automation software enable efficient and accurate risk quantification. Direct access to our economists and analysts provides a competitive advantage.

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Monitor emerging risks

Identify emerging risks and changes to investment conditions with integrated daily coverage and ratings on each country’s sovereign credit, banking, and business climate.

  • Develop risk assessments with confidence, with detailed qualitative analysis of 206 countries, covering political, economic, legal, tax, operational, and security risk
  • Harness our latest insights in your assessments with daily analysis of the critical business environment and economic developments from our team of risk specialists and economists
  • Review daily analysis of key banking sector developments that could influence deal financing and trade credit accounts
  • Evaluate regional, economic, or financial trends that impact the investment climate with regularly produced special reports and white papers

Set country limits

Establish and update country exposure limits with comprehensive, comparable, and in-depth analysis and forecasts of key political, economic, legal, tax, operational, and security developments.

  • Evaluate the accuracy of in-house country risk ratings against an independent source, providing comprehensive worldwide coverage of key risk factors
  • Utilize our transparent sovereign risk ratings for 206 countries when assessing credit worthiness and trade credit risk
  • View comparisons to other ratings agencies and consensus ratings from one online tool
  • Build your own country risk analysis framework using 150 consistent, comparable macroeconomic variables covering growth, income accounts, debt statistics, balance of payments, and external lending outlooks for 206 countries
  • Audit banking sector risk ratings and regulatory developments for key emerging market countries

Conduct ratings due diligence

Assess counterparty risk with bank and financial sector profiles, country reports, and access to analysts.

  • Automate portions of your evaluation process with monthly updated Excel-based risk dashboards
  • Create custom country risk scores using the risk and ratings tool to adjust risk category weighting and better evaluate project and portfolio risk impacts
  • Evaluate comprehensive risk profiles for emerging market banking sectors, addressing financial risks, regulatory concerns, and sector trends
  • Supplement your country risk team with access to our independent team of 110 senior economists and dedicated country risk analysts

What’s Included

Risk Ratings

Country risk scores
Enhanced country risk scores evaluate the investment environment in 211 countries

  • Detailed view of the risk environment with 1 year forward-looking risk ratings for 6 aggregate and 22 sub-aggregate risk categories.

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  • Customize country risk scores for projects or portfolio analysis by adjusting weights for key risk criteria
  • Seven risk bands provide a threshold to compare and contrast risks between countries and regions

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Sovereign Risk Scores
Independent credit risk assessments for 206 countries to evaluate the potential for default on sovereign debt. Ahead of rating agencies you can set country limits for loan and investment portfolios and identify short-term credit opportunities and risks.

One year and five-year Sovereign risk scores as well as one year forward-looking credit risk scores help assess capital transfer, sovereign default, currency depreciation risks.

Detailed ratings and analysis for:

  • Solvency ratios
  • Liquidity (short-term and medium-term)
  • Economic policy impacts
  • Political factors
  • Extensive database of debt indicators with forecast


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Banking Risk Score
Effectively monitor the world's most intriguing and hard-to-assess banking sectors with detailed analysis, risk ratings, data and expertise from our team of banking sector experts

  • Risk ratings scores and analysis for 48 key emerging markets
  • Five-year banking sector forecasts for 100 countries
  • Profiles of top five banks in each country to help you efficiently understand ownership structure and loan performance data
  • Daily headline analysis stories help you stay on top of emerging risks and key events.
  • Access to dedicated Banking Risk analysts
Analysis and Forecasts

Country reports
In-depth analysis of the investment environment by country, focusing on six criteria: political context, economic performance, legal environment, tax regime, operational framework, and security risks.

  • Consistent coverage of each country with analysis of high-impact market drivers, including domestic politics, economic strategy, inflation, currency, trade, debt and labor, as well as the tax and legal environments, and assessments of the level of corruption and terrorism and other operational and security problems.
  • All country reports are fully integrated with the other components of the service:
    • Links to intelligence events and headline analysis,
    • Full integration with country risk ratings.
    • Assessment of key business environment strength and weaknesses
    • Economic scenarios as well as changes since the last forecast section

Headline analysis
Daily analysis of key developments, events, and trend and their impact on the investment environment in 211 countries by a team of country risk specialist and economists.

  • Assess the impact of news and events on country risks and opportunity based on six criteria: economic performance, political context, legal environment, tax regime, operational framework, and security risks. Coverage of economic events includes all commentary on key data releases.
  • Stringent editorial process: topics are identified and selected daily by the analyst team, based on their specialized knowledge of local, regional, and global markets.
  • Powerful archive search allows historical analysis of events relating to a specific market or topic.

Economic forecasts
30-year economic forecasts on up to 300 key indicators in 206 countries. This provides a comprehensive assessment of the macroeconomic and investment climate:

  • Domestic data (GDP, inflation, budget, unemployment, etc.).
  • External data (trade and current-account balance, debt, reserves, FDI).
  • Global economic outlook updated every month for largest 103 countries
  • Analysis of each region and its relationship to the global economy.
  • Scenario analysis by country analyzes economic impacts

Monthly forecast updates for the 103 largest economics and detailed quarterly forecasts for all 206 countries. Flexible data retrieval and reporting tools enable client to prepare custom reports and compare large sets of economic data across countries.

Risk-relevant intelligence events
Intelligence events identify risks impacting the investment climate in a country.

  • Track new information with 2,500 new intelligence events published each week
  • Evaluate trends over time by leveraging the database of over 1,000,000 events
  • Email alerts customized to your interests


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Workflow Tools

Maximize your subscription content with IHS Markit Connect – our online customer platform.

  • Customize country risk scores – adjust score weighting to create project or portfolio specific risk indicators
  • Refreshable Economic Data Spreadsheets: Create custom data pulls with integrated graphing and charting functions within our DataBrowser tool. Save to your desktop/laptop and update automatically
  • Presentation Tools: Build customizable, presentation-ready graphs
  • Flexible Export: Export content in multiple formats (Excel, PDF, PowerPoint)
  • Automated Content Refreshes: Save searches and update content automatically
Member Privileges
  • Analyst Access
    On-demand access to our team of economists and cuntry risk analysts
  • Country Risk Webcasts
    Webcasts on key events and trends, with Q&A delivered by leading experts

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