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Mar 8th 2001
From The Economist print edition
Every quarter the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist, assesses the riskiness of investing in 100 countries. The EIU’s criteria include a country’s political structure, economic policies, sovereign-debt risk and the state of its banking system. Scores can range from zero (negligible risk) to 100 (maximum risk). Most countries’ riskiness dropped during 2000, with oil exporters faring especially well in the fourth quarter: Russia’s risk rating fell from 63 to 59, and Oman’s from 42 to 35. However, the EIU notes that reverberations from America’s economic slowdown could be reversing this trend in the first quarter of 2001. According to the firm’s analysts, Asia and Latin America are most vulnerable to damage from a hard landing in the America.