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G-Grade Q4 2020

The latest issue of the G-Grade is out: find out the new trends of country risks

Credit Insurance Market 2020

Credit Insurance Market Survey 2020

At a time where credit insurance companies are facing one of the greatest crisis in their history, AU Group’s market study reviews the performance of the different insurers, as well as the main financial indicators at 31/12/2019, before the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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G-Grade Q4 2020: Country Risk Analysis

No one is able to say today what will be the medium- to long-term impact of the health crisis. But thanks to the G-Grade, which is a synthesis of the country risk analysis of 4 credit insurers (which all have radically different DNAs), we can provide you with a very relevant indicator to better understand your export risk.

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The ‘3S’ credit insurance concept

It is key to structure the product properly, and a credit insurance broker should follow three basic credit insurance rules to get the right tailored made solution: Studying, Structuring and Supporting

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New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q4 2020

We are pleased to publish this last G-Grade of the year. 2020…
22 October 2020/by AU Group
Textile industry

Leveraging Credit Insurance for the textile industry

The apparel sector has been heavily impacted by the Covid-19…
23 September 2020/by AU Group
Finance

Generate more cash!

Trade receivables are worth their weight in gold. Using them…
29 June 2020/by AU Group
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New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q2 2020

Since AU Group created the G-Grade (Country Risk Measurement…
18 June 2020/by AU Group
Le COVID-19 remet la dette des pays émergents sur le devant de la scène

Le COVID-19 remet la dette des pays émergents sur le devant de la scène

Alors que l’attention s’est jusqu’ici essentiellement portée…
Claims

Are you ready to deal with your credit insurance claims?

Two thousand twenty will not only be the year of the Rat according…
27 April 2020/by AU Group
Tool kit for credit insured businesses

Tool kit for credit insured businesses

During these challenging times when overdues and claims are on…
7 April 2020/by AU Group

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q1 2020

As we enter a new decade, let’s look back on the last quarter…
25 March 2020/by AU Group
Coronavirus

And the Coronavirus stopped the world…

The Coronavirus should be under control hopefully in a couple…
24 March 2020/by AU Group
Le commerce mondial  face aux changements politiques et environnementaux

Le commerce mondial face aux changements politiques et environnementaux

Selon Global Trade Alert, le nombre total de mesures protectionnistes…
debt

A disease called Debt

During the last few months, the Spanish economy has been showing…
14 January 2020/by AU Group
capital relief

Capital Relief through Credit Insurance

Almost 80 years ago in 1930, the bank for international settlements…
6 January 2020/by AU Group
Défaillances d'entreprises en France : moins nombreuses mais de plus grande taille

Défaillances d’entreprises en France : moins nombreuses mais de plus grande taille

Les défaillances d’entreprises ont diminué de 3,3% en France…
G-Grade Q4 2019

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q4 2019

The G-Grade’s purpose is to review changes in country risk…
3 December 2019/by AU Group
Switzerland

Switzerland: state of the credit insurance market

Switzerland is a good example of a country with an innovative…
26 November 2019/by AU Group

La stratégie du « Made in Russia » : un instrument de la diversification de l’économie qui a ses limites

Grâce aux efforts des autorités, la diversification de l’économie…
New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q3 2019

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q3 2019

7 countries have seen their risk level varying in Q2, leading…
17 September 2019/by AU Group

Risques politiques en Afrique : la température monte

L’actualité politique sur le continent africain a été riche…

Les tensions commerciales reviennent sur le devant de la scène

La première partie de l’année 2019 a été marquée par le…

Défaillances d’entreprises en France : les TPE au creux de la vague

Au cours des quatre premiers mois de l’année, les défaillances…
G-Grade Q2 2019

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q2 2019

For this second quarter of 2019, AU Group’s country risk measurement…
14 May 2019/by AU Group

Les marchés émergents les plus prometteurs de 2019

Malgré les nuages qui se dessinent à l'horizon, les perspectives…
G-Grade Q1 Country Analysis

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q1 2019

Christine Lagarde warned recently of a possible global economic…
19 February 2019/by AU Group
credit insurance

The ‘3S’ credit insurance concept

Insurance companies always try to make it simple for customers…
14 February 2019/by AU Group

Économie mondiale : l’industrie marque le pas

Malgré de très nombreux obstacles sur son passage (risques…

Défaillances d’entreprises en France : bilan 2018 et perspectives 2019

Depuis mai 2018, le nombre de défaillances d’entreprises augmente…
country risk

Decoding country risk

Credit insurers continuously adjust their country risk exposure…
20 December 2018/by AU Group

Défaillances d’entreprises en France : toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin

Le troisième trimestre 2018 marque un point d’inflexion pour…

La clause de réserve de propriété

Etant un des seuls leviers pour recouvrer une créance suite…
G-Grade Q4 2018

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q4 2018

Who did not notice that the main worldwide stock exchanges have…
8 November 2018/by AU Group

Protectionnisme commercial américain : quels effets de contagion sur les chaînes de valeur mondiales ?

Alors que les politiques d’ouverture commerciale étaient la…

Entreprises en Grèce : enfin un nouveau départ ?

Les signes d'embellie économique se font plus présent en Grèce…
G-Grade Q3 2018

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q3 2018

Are you back from your summer break and want to catch up on country…
4 September 2018/by AU Group
Credit Insurance in Dubai

Shopping for Credit Insurance in Dubai

Let’s try to put ourselves in the shoes of a CFO who is looking…
13 July 2018/by AU Group
Credit Insurance Market 2018

The Credit Insurance Market in 2018

As the Global economic indicators remain strong, the level of…
28 June 2018/by AU Group
G-Grade Q2 2018

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q2 2018

The G-Grade (Grade of the Grade) measures the country risk across…
15 May 2018/by AU Group
Dubai

Dubai: back in business

The economic conditions in Dubai and in the region were challenging…
24 April 2018/by AU Group
breach of contract

Beware of breach of contract

Breach of contract, known under a variety of terms (stop deliveries,…
17 April 2018/by AU Group

Les nouvelles routes du commerce méditerranéen

Le retour du protectionnisme sur la scène internationale a remis…

La face cachée du commerce mondial

L’Union Européenne profite d’un instant politique favorable…

Le pic de croissance est dépassé

Les bonnes nouvelles économiques ont continué de s’accumuler…
South Africa

Economic Overview of South Africa

For many entities in South Africa, 2017 was a difficult year,…
3 April 2018/by AU Group
Swiss

Swiss Economic Situation

The Swiss economy (country rating AA1) is one of the most stable…
20 March 2018/by AU Group

Entreprises en France : moins de défaillances, mais toujours autant de “zombies”

Le nombre de défaillances d'entreprises en France est toujours…
Insolvency

Voidable Preferences and Insolvency – The Hidden Risk

Insolvency – growing risk despite falling numbers 21,879 firms…
6 March 2018/by AU Group
Czech Republic

Czech Republic – a quick overview

The Czech Republic (CR)  has reported economic growth last year…
27 February 2018/by AU Group
UK

UK: An overview of the economic position

Following a shock decision to leave the European Union on 23rd…
20 February 2018/by AU Group
G-Grade Q1 2018

New trends in country risks: AU G-Grade Q1 2018

Over the past 6 months, the improvement in the global economy…
13 February 2018/by AU Group
End of the recession

End of the recession but an uncertain future

2017 marks the end of a strong three-year recessionary cycle,…
6 February 2018/by AU Group

Eco Tour 2018

Découvrez dans ce document les prévisions macroéconomiques…

Roumanie – Entre croissance et incertitudes

Malgré les taux de croissance élevés qu’a enregistrés le…
business crime

Business Crime and Cyber Risks

According to the FBI director says, there are two kinds of companies:…
5 January 2018/by AU Group

France : le secteur bio est-il condamné à renier ses principes ?

L'industrie agroalimentaire fait face à de nombreux défis…
EDC

Key conditions to your EDC policy

Your buyer is more than 60 days in default. What should you do?…
21 November 2017/by AU Group

Focus sur les performances et les perspectives du secteur de la sidérurgie et de la métallurgie

Dans ce document, vous trouverez une analyse économique et financière…

L’automobile au Royaume-Uni et le Brexit ou comment ralentir une industrie qui roule

Le secteur automobile britannique commence une traversée du…

Chine-Afrique : le mariage de raison va-t-il durer ?

Presque 20 ans après le lancement du Forum de Coopération Chine-Afrique,…
G-Grade Q4 2017

New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE Q4 2017

The global economic situation is improving…all the economic…
7 November 2017/by AU Group
Austria

Austria: back on a strong growth path

According to the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, the…
31 October 2017/by AU Group
banking

Leveraging Trade Credit Insurance for the banking industry

Since the development of trade credit insurance in Dubai, the…
26 October 2017/by AU Group

Le marché obligataire, la nouvelle “roue de secours” des entreprises dans les pays émergents ?

Si l’année 2017 est synonyme de légère embellie conjoncturelle…

Maroc : allongement des délais de paiement, un trou d’air ?

Contrairement à l’année 2016 qui s’est caractérisée par…

Reprise de la croissance mondiale : vrai ou faux départ ?

Une fois n’est pas coutume, l’été s’est avéré particulièrement…
trade credit insurance

Once upon a time: Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai – Episode 6: Normalisation

After the education period, we will reach the normalisation phase,…
19 September 2017/by AU Group
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Once upon a time: Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai – Episode 5: Education

After a period of exuberance, it is always a challenging time…
12 September 2017/by AU Group

Focus sur les performances et les perspectives du secteur automobile

Dans ce document, vous trouverez une analyse économique et financière…
trade credit insurance

Once upon a time: Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai – Episode 4: Exuberance

After a period of significant growth in a non-mature market,…
5 September 2017/by AU Group

France – Une embellie durable ?

La conjoncture s'améliore depuis quelques semaines, suggérant…
trade credit insurance

Once upon a time: Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai – Episode 3: Growth

As explained in the previous article, the trade credit insurance…
29 August 2017/by AU Group
G-Grade Q3 2017

New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE Q3 2017

Since inception of the GGrade (2 years ago), we have rarely seen…
25 July 2017/by AU Group
loonie

The loonie: flying North

The Canadian one-dollar coin is commonly called the loonie as…
24 July 2017/by AU Group
trade credit insurance

Once upon a time: Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai – Episode 2: Awareness

As explained in the previous article, the launch of trade credit…
18 July 2017/by AU Group
CETA

CETA: O Canada, Land of export

The United States cancelled the Reciprocity treaty that had allowed…
11 July 2017/by AU Group

Un vent d’optimisme souffle sur l’économie mondiale

L'amélioration de la situation économique mondiale se confirme,…
TCI

TCI: not for me?

Well - because the digital revolution unfolds rapidly, you might…
4 July 2017/by AU Group
Credit Insurance Market 2017

Credit Insurance Market 2017

AU Group is publishing its new Credit Insurance Market 2017.…
27 June 2017/by AU Group
Once upon a time - Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai

Once upon a time: Trade Credit Insurance in Dubai – Episode 1

Trade credit insurance has been widely used in Europe for quite…
20 June 2017/by AU Group

Focus sur les performances et les perspectives du secteur des TIC

Dans ce document, vous trouverez une analyse économique et financière…

Remettre l’investissement en marche !

Découvrez dans cette présentation le baromètre investissement…

Face au Brexit les entreprises britanniques vont-elles filer à l’anglaise ?

Malgré le Brexit, l'activité du Royaume-Uni a été globalement…
New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE Q2 2017

New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE Q2 2017

Our “country risk” measurement tool, the AU G-Grade, has…
9 May 2017/by AU Group

Incertitude en Europe en cette année électorale

2017 est une année électorale importe en Europe, avec des élections…

Focus sur les performances et les perspectives du secteur de la distribution de biens durables/non alimentaires

Dans ce document, vous trouverez une analyse économique et financière…

Le risque politique dans tous ses États

Sommes-nous dans un monde où le risque politique est plus important…

Reprise de la croissance mondiale : plus qu’un feu de paille ?

La croissance devrait reprendre en 2017, soutenue par la confiance…
digitalisation of invoices

Digitalisation of invoices, an opportunity to be mastered

Before 2013, legislation only allows two ways for the digitalisation…
4 April 2017/by AU Group
cyber security

Cyber security still too weak in France

Cybercrime has become the second most common type of fraud and…
28 March 2017/by AU Group
Trade Credit Insurance

Trade Credit Insurance, the backbone of emerging markets

Unlike other lines of general insurance, Trade Credit Insurance…
14 March 2017/by AU Group
G-Grade Q1 2017

New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE Q1 2017

In the first quarter of 2017, credit insurers have reassessed…
7 March 2017/by AU Group
bonds

A better understanding of how bonds can protect your company

Being able to provide a bond will give confidence to many suppliers…
14 February 2017/by AU Group
Fintechs

The Fintechs: towards a revolution of finance?

Finance and Technology are the two pillars upon which these new…
24 January 2017/by AU Group
uncertainty

Uncertainty and debt

Mixing uncertainty with debt. Rarely a healthy recipe. The festive…
10 January 2017/by AU Group
Multi-Reverse Factoring

The rise of Multi-Reverse Factoring

"Multi-Reverse Factoring" is an alternative to conventional financing…
13 December 2016/by AU Group
One credit insurer

What if the answer does not lie with just one credit insurer!

Simplicity, economy of scale, volume leverage... So many good…
6 December 2016/by AU Group
credit risk

Preventing credit risk: yes, but at what cost?

Risk management within a company helps to control the budget…
29 November 2016/by AU Group
ROI

Credit insurance: an investment where the profitability can be objectively measured (ROI)

It is much too common for companies to consider insurance as…
22 November 2016/by AU Group
Factoring

Diversify your financing sources with factoring!

One of the paradoxes in these times of economic tension is the…
15 November 2016/by AU Group
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New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE Q4 2016

9 countries have seen their country risk evolve significantly…
8 November 2016/by AU Group
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New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE 3Q 2016

This new country risk assessment covers the period from the 1st…
8 September 2016/by AU Group
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Cyber attack methods and business impact

When Jimi Hendrix sang Elmore James' Bleeding Heart, little did…
20 July 2016/by AU Group
Too big to fail Don't live in fear of your main customer going out to business, think single buyer

Too big to fail ? Don’t live in fear of your main customer going out to business, think single buyer

Too big to fail ? Don't live in fear of your main customer going…
9 June 2016/by AU Group
AU G-GRADE

New trends in country risks: AU G-GRADE 2Q 2016

Risk Managers cannot avoid taking into consideration the current…
11 May 2016/by AU Group
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Greece at a crossroad

The political uncertainty, capital controls, the impact of the…
8 March 2016/by AU Group
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New trends in country risks – Focus Greece

It might be a surprise for some people to see the G-Grade of…
2 February 2016/by AU Group
political risks

Be proactive in assessing your political risks !

The worldwide credit crunch in 2008-2009; the drastic and swift…
12 January 2016/by AU Group

Where is Waldo? … On export markets … Yes, but…

Who has not ever played "Where is Waldo?» You know, this game…
17 December 2015/by AU Group

Credit Insurance – An Evolving Product

Many businesses buy different types of insurance to protect themselves…
4 December 2015/by AU Group

Knowing your business partners is essential for smooth growth

Sales development involves finding new business partners further…
26 November 2015/by AU Group

Check-list: The key points of customer identification

Customer identification guidelines were established by the European…
10 November 2015/by AU Group
défaillances entreprises

Payment delays and corporate insolvencies: a “cause and effect” relationship

France - Payment delays and corporate insolvencies: a “cause…
5 November 2015/by AU Group

G Grade 3rd quarter : Discover new trends in country risks

A quarter might seem to be a short period of time, but it’s…
13 October 2015/by AU Group

Crises and opportunities

It is generally accepted that receivables represent approximately…
23 July 2015/by AU Group
US Bankruptcy Law

US Bankruptcy Law and the Rise of Preference Claims

It has often been said that risk taking and entrepreneurial spirit…
30 June 2015/by AU Group
Grading for Country Risk AU-G-GRADE-China

Innovative Grading for Country Risk

The Dashboard of Grading for Country Risk AU Group has just…
29 June 2015/by AU Group
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A Study of the Credit Insurance Market

With minimal growth being experienced in Western Europe, the…
25 June 2015/by AU Group
Austrian Insolvencies down

Austrian Insolvencies down by 12.6% in Q1 2015

The total number of insolvencies decreased from 1,452 in Q1 2014…
16 April 2015/by AU Group

Businesses in trouble: end of short-term financing?

Few companies enjoy a steady flow of business with customer orders…
9 April 2015/by AU Group
German credit insurance market

German credit insurance market

In 2014 the economic recovery stabiled at a good level, based…
19 March 2015/by AU Group

Dubai : a market facing a lack of transparency

The United Arab of Emirates (UAE) was created in 1971 on the…
22 January 2015/by AU Group

Overview of the credit risk and the credit insurance market in Russia

1- Can you give us an overview of the economic situation in Russia…
15 January 2015/by AU Group

The economic situation in the Czech Republic

The economy in the Czech Republic had been in a protracted recession…
8 January 2015/by AU Group

Competition of Currency depreciation

It was another surprise to see Japanese yen going down to another…
11 December 2014/by AU Group

Losses can be large, sudden and unexpected

Recently, OW Bunker, one of the world's largest bunker suppliers,…
26 November 2014/by AU Group

Solutions for Commercial and Financial Information

Although the first commercial information bureau opened in 1841…
16 October 2014/by AU Group

Sicherstellung von Liquidität in Österreich

Die Sicherstellung einer ausreichenden Liquidität ist laut einer…
9 October 2014/by AU Group
China

Overview of the credit risk and the credit insurance market in China

1. Hui Wang, Can you give us an overview of the economic situation…
25 September 2014/by AU Group

Trading Companies coping with Credit Risk Management

Until recently, trading companies had little need for credit…
18 September 2014/by AU Group

Giving an overview of the Italian economic situation today is quite a simple thing: we are in a deep crisis!

However, a few months ago a character has arrived on our political…
11 September 2014/by AU Group

Comments on US Bankruptcy Code “ Preference Claims”

Comments on US Bankruptcy Code “Preference Claims”: defenses…
4 September 2014/by AU Group

How to best to prepare for a risk negotiation meeting with an insurer

In a persistent uncertain environment, even if companies must…
31 July 2014/by AU Group

Eastern Europe: A challenging business environment!

In 2014, Eastern Europe is forecast to see a slight deterioration…
22 July 2014/by AU Group

The UK Economy – A Real Recovery or Flattering to Deceive?

Laurie Harton of Hanwell Atkinson Ltd takes a snapshot of the…
5 June 2014/by AU Group

Credit insurance – a possible alternative to Letters of Credit

A Letter of Credit is widely acknowledged as being the most reassuring…
22 May 2014/by AU Group

Overseas sales: Choosing the right payment method!

With growth prospects in Europe forecast to be disappointing,…
15 May 2014/by AU Group

Non-Recourse Invoice Discounting Facility v Recourse Invoice Discounting with a separate Credit Insurance Policy

In his latest blog, Mark Barton of our UK associate, Hanwell…
17 April 2014/by AU Group

SEPA: Single Euro Payments Area / New procedures for bank transfers and direct debits in 2014

As of 1 August 2014, SEPA credit transfers and SEPA direct debits…
20 March 2014/by AU Group

AU Group International conference 2014

AU Group held an International Conference in Paris on the 6th…
21 February 2014/by AU Group

Insuring against a transfer risk

A non-transfer risk, sometimes accompanied by a currency risk,…
6 February 2014/by AU Group

Dare to invest in Africa!

Only export or innovative businesses are optimistic in the current…
24 January 2014/by AU Group

News and issues from credit management IT tools

The Financial and Administrative Directors Congress held in July…
26 November 2013/by AU Group

Top-Up solutions: a guaranteed “boost” to be used wisely !

As its name suggests, Top-Up insurance is extra cover granted…
19 November 2013/by AU Group

Reverse Factoring

In a gloomy economic climate and an increasingly restrictive regulatory context (LME [French Law on the Modernisation of the Economy], Basel III, etc.), banks are increasingly wary when it comes to financing companies, at a time when cash flows are feeling the pinch. In these uncertain times, CFOs are searching more than ever for ways to improve performance.
15 September 2013/by AU Group

Manufacturing risk

The purpose of a credit insurance policy is to cover your credit…
14 September 2013/by AU Group
Canada

Overview of credit-insurance market in Canada

The Canadian market is shared by six private insurers and one Canadian Crown Corporation - Export Development Canada (EDC).
22 August 2013/by AU Group