Country and sector assessment is one of Coface’s key areas of expertise and enables international trade players to further secure their transactions. Coface provides country assessment for 155 countries, assessing the average level of risk associated with a country’s companies in connection with their short term commercial transactions and closely measures how the related financial commitments are influenced by the country’s economic, financial and political outlook.
A spectrum of indicators are monitored, incorporating political factors; risk of currency shortage and devaluation; ability to meet financial commitments abroad; risk of a systemic crisis in the banking sector; cyclical risk; and payment behavior for short term transactions.
Country and sector assessment are available online free of charge.
A global sector barometer which analyses the situation in fourteen key economic sectors. This Panorama also analyses the current dynamics of the retail sector in the UK and France.
Transformation of emerging country risk - Spring 2013
Risks are back on the radar in emerging countries: political instability, increasing protectionism & credit bubbles
Country Risk Assessments – updates and growth forecasts
Each quarter, check out the information concerning the changes in country ratings, analysis and forecasts prepared by the Coface Country Risk and Economic Research Department.
This latest Panorama highlights a world divided in two with advanced economies, particularly the Eurozone, continuing to experience difficulties because of weakness of domestic demand. In contrast, the outlook in emerging economies such as Brazil, is far more positive.
Country Risk Update - Autumn 2012
This comprehensive report highlights the strengths of Switzerland which is currently the 11th largest export market for UK businesses in terms of value.
Morocco represents a great opportunity for exporters because of its relative economic stability and the social reforms under way but payment delays are still long.
The India economic engine is spluttering but continues to run: it suffers from persistent bottle necks that the country and its companies have to content with in order to grow.
Focus United States
Small businesses are the backbone of the United States' economy and key to its recovery. This report focuses on the prospects for this sector.
Panorama's company insolvencies
Company insolvencies – Autumn 2012
There is a contrasting outlook for company insolvencies in Germany & France. This report describes in detail the three main factors behind the corporate insolvency gap between France and Germany.
The world's steel – Autumn 2012
Global steel production will fall over the next 12 months because of current overcapacity and the slowdown in the Chinese economy. This report focuses on the challenges facing the steel industry.
UK Automotive Sector Report
The latest figures show a fall in car sales within the EU yet Coface remains optimistic about the prospects for UK companies supplying the domestic and export automotive markets.
COFACE HANDBOOK OF COUNTRY RISK
Coface's yearly Handbook of Country Risk provides up-to-date analysis of the risks involved in trading with 155 countries, giving each one a unique country risk and business climate assessment. The guide will be of value to those making export and international investment decisions; finance managers responsible for credit risk and debt collection; trade finance professionals and organisations involved in trade development.