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Country ratings for political/financial risk

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RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 37 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only four cases, but there were 17 downgrades. In…

World finance: Risk aversion returns with a vengeance

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The rally in risky asset markets fuelled at the start of this year by the European Central Bank’s unlimited provision of long-term liquidity to the region’s banks proved short-lived. It started to fade in March…

World economy: EIU forecast – Brightening outlook

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT (Forecast closing date: March 16th 2012) The outlook for the global economy is brightening. The financial crisis in Europe is easing for now, thanks to the recent completion of Greece’s debt restructuring and continued efforts…

Bail-out delay prompts fear of Greek euro exit

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BRUSSELS (EUObsever)- Greece fears it is being pushed out of the euro after eurozone ministers delayed a decision on its second bail-out for another five days. “We are continually faced with new terms … In the euro area, there are…

China may contribute more to euro-rescue

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China supports European efforts to stabilise the euro and “is also considering more participation” in the EU’s two bail-out funds – the temporary European Financial Stability Facility and the future permanent European Stabilisation Mechanism – premier Wen Jiabao said at…

Key Issues in the Middle East for 2012

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The MENA region faces another year of political turmoil in the aftermath of the popular uprisings that have resulted in the overthrow of three Arab dictators (soon to be four, assuming Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down as agreed next…

Experts warn of worse financial crisis in 2012

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Abu Dhabi: A new global financial crisis is in the making and could unleash its fury as early as 2012, a year when bond rollovers in the US, Asia and Europe worth a combined $6.5 trillion (Dh23.87 trillion) are due,…

Sarkozy tells Cameron to ‘shut up’ on eurozone

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EUObserver: Tensions between Paris and London flared up on Sunday (23 October) amid crisis talks on the eurozone, as President Nicolas Sarkozy of France hit out at British criticisms of the single currency. “You have lost a good opportunity to…

Saudi Arabia Economic & Political Forecast

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POLITICAL STABILITY: The rule of the Al Saud family is expected to remain secure in 2011-15, and, although there is a risk that the wave of social unrest that has swept across the region could reach Saudi Arabia, thus far…