Christopher McKee, PhD


Unabashedly Authoritative, Unsurprisingly Insightful


eginning in 1980 as International Reports, a
 well-known emerging markets newsletter, the International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) has become the world’s ‘most authoritative,’ quant-driven geopolitical risk rating and forecasting series.

Now covering 141 developed, emerging, frontier countries and offshore financial centers, ICRG presents monthly political, economic, financial and composite risk ratings and forecasts.

From risks presented by government instability, the threat of asset expropriation, transfer, and payment delays, to forms of internal conflict, terrorism, and corruption, ICRG has been labelled ‘a vital source for managing and advising investment funds that focus on volatile countries, both emerging and developed.’

Monthly updates include 17 tables of economic and financial data affecting metrics most relevant to assessing the risk to commercial assets and related items. From growth, to inflation, to current account and fiscal balances; from external debt/GDP, debt servicing to exports, liquidity and currency stability.

Used by the world’s largest institutional investors, multilateral organizations, transnational firms, central banks, and sovereign wealth funds, ICRG is also the most widely used source of risk data by universities throughout the world.

Indeed, the publication list in scholarly and trade journals using ICRG is unparalleled, with findings no other geopolitical risk firm can match.

Traders and portfolio managers, with trillions in assets under management, use ICRG’s ratings and risk metrics to allocate country exposure as the data have been shown to be predictive of equity market returns. Transnational firms and others use ICRG for risk management given its predictive capacity for future risk events. ICRG is a proven early warning system.

Moreover, ICRG is the only political risk methodology and data series to be accepted by the courts in commercial disputes involving the valuation of political risk.

ICRG remains one of a dozen firms, worldwide, to supply Transparency International (TI) with corruption scores that help inform the organization’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Our data partnership with TI dates some 20 years.

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