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Country risk March 2010: Methodology

This year there have been some changes to the methodology for Euromoney’s biannual country risk survey. In order for the ranking to become more subjective to the opinions of economists and research heads globally, the survey weightings have been changed to increase the influence of political risk, economic performance and access to bank finance/capital markets categories. Within political risk there are now five categories the market can give their opinion on: government stability, regulation/regulatory environment, non-payment of loans/dividends/trade-related finance, non-repatriation of capital and corruption perception.

This makes for a far more robust data set and analytical tool. The same process has been applied to the economic performance sector where there are now five categories rather than one: bank stability/risk, monetary/currency stability, budget deficit/surplus, unemployment and economic GNP growth.

Selected results and tables for these category breakdowns have been published alongside the overall ranking.

To obtain the overall country risk score, Euromoney assigns a weighting to seven categories. These are political risk (30% weighting), economic performance (30%), debt indicators (7.5%),

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