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January 19th 2009
The Economist Intelligence Unit provides a constant flow of analysis and forecasts on more than 200 countries and six key industries. We help executives make informed business decisions through dependable intelligence delivered online, in print, in customised research as well as through conferences and peer interchange.
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Events-driven briefings and global risk assessment
Our latest global forecast
—In an interview recorded on November 5th 2008, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Editorial Director and Chief Economist, Robin Bew
, looks at why many major economies are facing a full year of recession.
Country Risk Service: Sovereign ratings
The Country Risk Service publishes regular ratings on 120 sovereigns. The ratings for emerging markets are updated monthly while those for most developed countries are updated bi-annually. The sovereign rating measures the risk of a build-up in arrears of principal and/or interest on foreign- and/or local-currency debt that is the direct obligation of the sovereign or guaranteed by the sovereign.View the ratings.
Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index 2008
The results of the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2008 confirm that, following a decades-long global trend of democratisation, the spread of democracy has come to a halt. Comparing the results for 2008 with those from the first edition of the index, which covered 2006, shows that the dominant pattern in the past two years has been stagnation. Although there is no recent trend of outright regression, there are few instances of significant improvement. However, the global financial crisis, resulting in a sharp and possibly protracted recession, could threaten democracy in some parts of the world.