The changing world and opportunities for UK trade
The Coface Country Risk Conference provides companies with an insight into global trends and how they are shaping our world, with concise views on Europe, the USA and the BRIC economies and how they can impact the UK's economic performance.
This film includes key opinions of speakers at the 2013 Coface Country Risk Conference held at the British Library, London, as well as information from Coface's Risk Underwriting Director about the opportunities for UK exporters and how Coface can support them.
Length 5:10 Date Oct 2013
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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.
This report includes the Coface barometer, which analyzes the evolution of French insolvent companies between November 2012 and October 2013.
The second part focuses on the Coface study on insolvencies in the French construction sector, overrepresented in insolvencies compared to its weight in the economy.
This year’s study of the "Coface Central and Eastern Europe Top 500 companies" presents an even more heterogeneous picture of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe, each of which experienced and dealt with the impact of the crisis in the Eurozone in different ways.
This panorama contains a study on household consumption in Asia. How big is the rise in household consumption in this region? Have Asian households taken on too much debt? What are the specific consumer behaviour patterns in Asia? Which sectors are benefitting most from this expansion of consumption?
Despite the end of the recession in the Eurozone, sector risks continue to worsen in Southern Europe. There has also been a slight deterioration in credit risk in emerging Asia.
This latest Panorama presents our global sector barometer which analyses the situation in 14 key economic sectors in three of the world’s major regions - the European Union, North America and Emerging Asia. It also contains a study on the refocusing of European carmakers on emerging countries through two key emerging markets, Russia and Turkey.
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 panorama contains a study of the Italian economy. Italy's growth appears very vulnerable and our company payment experience is worse for Italy than for the rest of Europe. In this Panorama we also present the latest adjustments to our country assessments and provide an update to relevant country studies.
Risks are back on the radar in emerging countries: political instability, increasing protectionism & credit bubbles
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
The archetypal emerging country, Brazil passed the test of the great crisis of 2009 with flying colours. Four years on, social protests have begun to highlight the failure of its growth model. Brazil can no longer depend on consumption-fuelled growth and must address structural problems that led to stagflation and recent social discontent. This Panorama looks at the difficulties faced by the world's second largest emerging economy but finds some reasons for optimism for UK exporters.
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
Compared to Western Europe, defaults in Eastern Europe are accelerating at a very high rate. This analysis by Coface economists shows that the factors which explain this worrying increase in insolvencies is not solely attributable to the slowdown in West European countries, their principal commercial partners
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.
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.
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.