Locating and Understanding Country Risk

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Locating and understanding country risk is an essential part of developing international financial management strategies.  The book Country Risk Assessment: A Guide to Global Investment Strategy (Bryant Main Stacks, 2nd level, HG4538 .B653 2003) by Michel Henry Bouchet and others provides explanations of  methodologies for measuring country risk and of risk mitigation instruments. The following 4 sources provide timely country level risk assessments:

  • Euromoney – a journal available in print on the periodical shelves on the 1st level of the library and through Business Source Complete database and other library databases. The September issues of Euromoney cover country risk; the September 2009 issue contains a country risk chart that  assigns an overall score to 186 countries.  See the bottom of the chart for an explanation of the 9 categories contributing to the overall country risk score.
  • State Department Country Coverage – available at www.state.gov The U. S. State Department monitors c0untry risk for the safety of state department officials traveling and working in other c0untries.  State Department reports provide insight into the political stability of individual countries.  To view individual country reports, select the country tab from the top menu and then select Quick Links to Major Reports from the left menu.  The country Background Notes provide information on a country’s leaders, politics, economy and relations with the United States.
  • International Country Risk Guide (from PRS Group) available in Lexis/Nexis Academic database (1989-present).  Search the library’s journals list for this title and click on the Lexis/Nexis link to go directly to a search box for this publication.  (click on the “i” next to the title to learn more about the product).  Approximately 130 countries are  assessed for financial, political and economic risk.  The country status is updated periodically throughout the year.
  • Emerging Europe Monitor; Africa Monitor; Asia Monitor; Latin America Monitor, and the Middle East Monitor (from Business Monitor International) – located in Business Source Complete.  These reports provide updated written summaries of the political and economic risk, the business environment, and the economic outlook for each country.  To search coverage for a particular country,  limit your search by publication title and geographic location.

Make an appointment with a reference librarian to discover more sources for country risk information.

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