NEW YORK, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Roubini Global Economics (RGE), the macro-strategy research firm created by economist Nouriel Roubini, today announced the launch of Country Insights, a web-based product designed to help clients assess and compare strengths and vulnerabilities across countries.
"Since the global financial crisis began, asset managers, corporations and governments have struggled to understand and adequately respond to unprecedented stress on economies and asset markets," Dr. Roubini said. "With Country Insights' sophisticated quantitative model, we surface signals worthy of inspection, and our world-class macro-strategy team can then turn those signals into valuable insight."
Country Insights is a customizable tool that combines RGE's macro-strategy research with a systematic approach to measuring country risks and opportunities, enabling users to better understand the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of 174 countries. With over 2,500 data points and 158 regularly updated data series per country from well-established external sources, Country Insights offers an unparalleled tool for systematic, holistic and rigorous country analysis.
"We're extremely excited about the launch of Country Insights. No one else in the macro research space has anything like this and we think our clients will benefit tremendously from understanding the risks and opportunities that this tool highlights," said Richard Green, CEO.
Roubini Global Economics acquired Country Insights in July 2012, drawn to its track record for identifying vulnerable countries such as Iceland and Ireland long before markets were pricing in such risks.
"Crises are caused by the combination of fundamental vulnerabilities and a shock, whether external or internal. We can see where the vulnerabilities are, both where countries can and can't cope with external shocks and where internal pressures are building up to a breaking point," said Paul Domjan, co-founder and managing director of Country Insights. "The mix of our expert and systematic analysis is a unique solution for clients seeking to identify economic risks. Our qualitative research enables us to forecast future crises, while our quantitative model enables clients to position themselves against stress."
In the past year, RGE has been using the country score data to enrich its macro-strategy offering. The release of the new Country Insights web product will allow clients to dive deep into the country score data and create customized dashboards and indicators to compare countries. The data are organized into four pillars-external adjustment capacity, institutional robustness, growth potential and social inclusion-and can be further broken down into 72 subfactors for more in-depth analysis, allowing clients to filter out the noise and focus only on the issues that are relevant to their business.
Dr. Roubini sees the launch of the Country Insights web product as a natural progression for RGE and a major enhancement to its current research offering.
"At the IMF, we used systematic surveillance to identify areas of strength and vulnerability and expert analysis to better understand these vulnerabilities. What we've built here at RGE is more robust than anything in the market right now and will allow our clients to assess their countries of interest in a completely unique way."
For more information, visit Roubini.com/countryinsights.
About Roubini Global Economics
RGE is an independent, global macroeconomic strategy research firm founded in 2004 by renowned economist Nouriel Roubini. RGE research translates global economic signals into practical macro-strategy insight for a wide range of financial and policy professionals. Our approach broadens our clients' understanding of global economies and markets by illustrating vulnerabilities and risks, giving them constructive frameworks for clarity and helping them to make more informed decisions. RGE is headquartered in New York with an office in London.
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