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02/26/2024
Country risk and economic studies

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02/06/2024
Country risk and economic studies

2024: a pivotal year, in Coface Country and Sector Risk Barometer – Q4 2023

After a somewhat turbulent 2023, which ultimately turned out much better than expected, 2024 is shaping up to be as decisive as it is uncertain, both in (geo)political terms, with more than 60 national elections - presidential and/or legislative - and in economic terms, with risks mounting on a still slowing global economy.

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01/24/2024
Corporate news

Coface announces today the expansion of its Asia Pacific Region Economic Research team

Coface has expanded its Asia Pacific economic research team and today announced the appointment of Junyu Tan as Regional Economist for North Asia. Junyu is stationed in Hong Kong reporting to Bernard Aw, Chief Economist of Coface for Asia Pacific Region.

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01/18/2024
Product news

Unraveling the Top 4 Risks in International Business

Venturing into the global market presents a lucrative opportunity for companies to boost their earnings and tap into new customer bases. Nevertheless, this endeavor is not without its obstacles. Engaging in international trade introduces various risks to businesses, ranging from logistical issues to economic uncertainties. Failure to anticipate and address these challenges can significantly affect the overall cash flow of a company involved in overseas exporting. Learn more on how trade credit insurance can mitigate risks in international business...

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01/03/2024
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Xavier Durand: “We’re seeing a wall of debt coming up with substantial due dates in 2025”

In this second part of his interview, Xavier Durand shares his vision of the role of credit insurance in challenging times and the consequences of CSR policies on businesses.

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12/20/2023
Country risk and economic studies

To grow out of its debt, Southern Europe must look beyond tourism and solve its demographic crisis

In the future, climate change and inflation will make it hard for the tourism boom in southern Europe countries to last much longer.
Learn more about the challenges southern European countries will face in the coming years, and the opportunities ahead.

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12/14/2023
Product news

Securing Your Business: The Essential Role of Trade Credit Insurance

Explore how Coface Trade Credit Insurance can empower your business to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and foster growth.

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12/04/2023
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies, Product news

Xavier Durand: “We're plotting a course through a world that is harder to predict” - Part 1

At the end of November, Xavier Durand, CEO of Coface, gave a comprehensive interview to the newspaper L'Agefi.
In this first part, he explains the consequences of conflicts around the world for companies, and what this means for Coface.

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11/23/2023
Product news

The Significance of Creditors Turnover: What You Need to Know

How can you determine whether a business is able to pay what it owes and if it has done so in the past? While there are several ways to assess this information, one of the most valuable is by considering a particular enterprise’s creditors turnover ratio. Learn More....

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11/14/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Longer and more frequent payment delays in France, with small companies in the firing line

The deterioration in corporate payment habits in France is echoed in insolvency numbers, with an undisputed increase observed since the start of the year that has even overshot pre-Covid levels. Learn more now.

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10/24/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Country and Sector Risk Barometer Q3 2023: Macroeconomics put to the test by microeconomic deterioration

All the leading indicators point to a sharp slowdown in activity in North America and the Eurozone towards the end of the year, and the recovery of the Chinese economy has rapidly collided with structural weaknesses and a lack of confidence among households and businesses. In this context, we have modified 7 country risk assessments (2 upgrades and 5 downgrades) and 33 sector risk assessments (17 upgrades and 16 downgrades).
More in our latest barometer.

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10/20/2023
Corporate news

Coface announces new appointment of Mark Qian as Country Manager for China

Coface announces today the appointment of Mark Qian as Country Manager for China with effect from 1st October 2023. Based in Shanghai, Mark reports directly to Benoit Ganzmann, CEO of the Greater China Region in Hong Kong.

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10/13/2023
Product news

Understanding Trade Creditors: Their Role in Business Finance and Risk Mitigation

As you conduct trade both within your country and overseas, you will either become a trade creditor or accrue creditors in your own books. In this article, we explain what a trade creditor is, discuss how this relates to unpaid debts, and explain how to use trade credit insurance to mitigate these concerns.

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09/28/2023
Corporate news

COFACE SA: Moody's upgrades Coface's main operating company to A1 IFSR, stable outlook

The rating agency Moody’s, on 28th September 2023, has upgraded the financial strength rating (Insurance Financial Strength Rating – IFSR) for Coface to A1 from A2. The agency has also changed the outlook for Coface to stable from positive.

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09/18/2023
Country risk and economic studies

On the way back to the bad old times in 2023's Germany Payment Survey

Although payment behaviour remains in a relatively good shape even after this deterioration, companies are very pessimistic about their business outlook.
Learn more in our full publication.

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09/11/2023
Product news

7 Types of Country Risk Assessment

Country risk assessment, also known as country risk analysis, is the process of determining a nation's ability to transfer payments. It considers political, economic and social factors, and is used to help organizations make strategic decisions when conducting business in a country with excessive risk.

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08/10/2023
Corporate news

Coface confirms its very good start to the year with first-half net income of €128.8m

Coface confirms its very good start to the year with first-half net income of €128.8m and annualised return on tangible equity at 14.3%

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08/09/2023
Product news

Why You Need Business Information To Manage Exporting Risks

Transparency in the operations of trading partners is critical. However, far too often, businesses lack the insights required to make sound decisions. Learn More....

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07/26/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Debt sustainability in Africa under the spotlight again

The successive shocks linked to the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine have had a clear negative impact on African economies. They have revealed, materialized and even exacerbated major structural weaknesses. Over-indebtedness and food insecurity, with their economic, political and social ramifications, are the chief hallmarks. Read our press release about it here.

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07/17/2023
Product news

How Coface business information reports enhance decision-making

How well do you know your customers? It's an essential question that every business should ask itself before deciding to work with a new organization. Yet the amount of due diligence needed to thoroughly research and vet trading partners requires time, resources and specialized experience that many firms simply don't have. Without this insight, however, your business may be exposed to non-payment risks and other issues. Learn more...

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07/13/2023
Country risk and economic studies

Transport sector: Recovery takes hold for air transport

While the global macroeconomic outlook remains uncertain, the transport sector has recorded the highest number of risk assessment upgrades in the latest Coface barometer.
Read our expert's analysis now.

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