Coface Romania Analysis: Vulnerability of the business environment in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic


Coface Romania launched an analysis of the business environment in the context of Covid-19 during Country Risk Conference, a business event with tradition, now in its 16th edition, held on April 21. According to the data, 4 out of 10 companies active on the domestic market were already vulnerable before the negative economic impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic during 2020.

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United States: Stimulus plan paves the way for record trade deficit


As the world's largest importer, and second largest exporter of manufactured goods, the United States has had a trade deficit since the early 1970s. Escalating trade tensions - in particular with China - and the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted trade flows have affected the trade balance in recent year. The trade deficit has reached a record level of over 900 billion USD in 2020.

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The paradox of corporate insolvencies in Europe: miracle and mirage


The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic heralded major business failures and insolvencies in France, and across the eurozone as a whole. But, in 2020, and even if the real impact of the COVID-19 crisis remains uncertain, the number of insolvencies actually fell in all major European economies. According to research by Coface, a leading player in credit insurance, the gap between the expected deterioration of the companies’ financial health and the number of insolvencies suggests that there is a high number of “hidden insolvencies” that have been postponed, rather than prevented. This suggest that, in both France and Europe, there is high number of unviable companies whose failure is only a matter of time.

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Diversification is one of the many effects of oil price volatility on Middle Eastern and African oil producers


The COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on global GDP growth and global trade volumes has caused a sharp drop in oil prices in the spring of 2020. This price drop, even if temporary, has affected Middle Eastern and African oil exporters differently, in line with their national output’s dependence on oil, as well as their fiscal strength and international reserves.

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