Published on Friday, September 13, 2019 | Updated on Thursday, September 19, 2019

Country Risk Quarterly Report. Third Quarter 2019

The search for yield and looser monetary policies across the board, favor sovereign spreads compression, despite a worsening global outlook, poorer incoming data and balance of risks, and the lack of improvement of fiscal disequilibria.

Key points

  • Key points:
  • Markets valuation of sovereign risk have improved despite of higher financial volatility, against the background of looser monetary policies due to an activity slowdown and the lack of inflationary pressures.
  • Greece and Portugal sovereign CDS have reached levels not seen since 2009, before EU Periphery’s sovereign crisis erupted.
  • The tightening of sovereign spreads have reduced downgrade pressures and intensified upgrade pressures across the board, especially in EM Europe and EU Periphery.
  • Rating agencies updates have been concentrated once again in Emerging Markets. Lack of contagion from Argentina sovereign debt crisis.
  • Private leverage imbalances continue to be concentrated mainly in some advanced economies and in China in EM, while decreasing throughout all other regions (EM mainly). Fiscal vulnerabilities on the other hand, remain concentrated mainly in EM regions.

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