Investors in developing countries no doubt wonder which countries that issue debt are safe and which ones could default. CMA Datavision, a subsidiary of CME, has put together the "Sovereign Risk Monitor."
The Risk Monitor uses five-year credit default swaps (CDSs) and ranks the countries according to volatility. It uses the percent of change to determine the ranking of these countries. The new index is called the cumulative possibility of default (CPD). If, for example, a country has a 20% CPD, it has a one in five chance of defaulting in the next five years. Also included is their most recent credit rating.
Here are the top ten countries, as ranked by CMA Datavision:
- Venezuela: CPD 56.26%, credit rating BB- negative outlook
- Ukraine: CPD 52.91%, credit rating CCC+ stable outlook
- Argentina: CPD 46,06%, credit rating B- stable outlook
- Pakistan: CPD 38.11%, credit rating B- stable outlook
- Republic of Latvia: CPD 30.47%, credit rating BB negative outlook
- Dubai UAE: CPD 25.71%, credit rating BB+ negative outlook
- Iceland: CPD 24.66%, credit rating BBB- negative outlook
- Lithuania: CPD 19.11%, credit rating BBB negative outlook
- California, USA: CPD 18.97%, credit rating Baaa1, stable outlook
- Greece: CPD 18.67%, credit rating BBB+
While there may be some very promising investment opportunities in the above listed countries, it would be prudent to weigh the pros and cons against the backdrop of this data. You may decide to pass up all investments in these countries. You may decide that the risks outweigh the rewards and look for opportunities in other developing countries.
However you use this data, it's helpful to keep it in front of you when searching for the best investments.
In which developing countries would you invest, if any?