When you need to determine a country's risk factor for investment purposes or new business opportunities, there are a variety of sources you can use to find such information:
- The Economist Intelligence Unit provides two types of risk analysis:
- The Sovereign Ratings chart rates a country by assigning it a code that briefly summarizes the country's risk factors.
- The Executive Briefing Risk Analysis provides an in-depth analysis of a country's risk status and is more comprehensive than the Sovereign Ratings chart.
- Lexis-Nexis provides access to The PRS Group International Country Risk Guide.
- Several reputable web sites provide analysis and reports that are freely available on the internet.
- The Business Library also has books & journals available in the print collection that can provide some insight.
Note: While many of the resources listed in this guide will provide an overview of the country in question, it is up to the student to interpret the information and come to their own conclusions regarding the risk factors involved with any given country. Risk analysis can be an inexact science—please consult with your instructor for guidance if you are unsure how to interpret the information you find.