by Yves Zlotowski.
The chief economist at Coface, highlights the radical transformation of risks in emerging countries. While traditional country risk (sovereign risk, external vulnerability) has appreciably declined, three new risks are appearing and need to be monitored: political instability, creeping protectionism and banking credit.
Coface publishes on this topic, a detailed study, which you can see on this site.
Following a peak in intermediate sized company insolvencies, SMEs are again suffering most.
The number of French companies experiencing difficulties remains at a high level : Over the last twelve months Coface identified 62,431 company insolvencies, an increase of +4.3%.
The construction sector, overrepresented among French company insolvencies, with risks that will continue to increase in 2014
The construction sector is currently in something of a paradoxical situation: More than one in three company insolvencies in France still come from this sector, despite the property market remaining relatively resilient during the 2008-2009 crisis.
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