15 Riskiest Countries for Investors Today

by Christopher Freeburn | June 29, 2012 2:11 pm

With Europe struggling with a seemingly never-ending series of debt crises, U.S. deficits climbing through the roof, and persistent indications of an economic slowdown in Asia, investors are facing risk in places previously considered safe.

In fact, shifting economic fortunes have made some first-world markets every bit as risky as emerging nations.

David Wang, an analyst at iShares Investment Strategy Group has evaluated the financial risks facing markets in a variety of countries and compiled a list of the world’s riskiest countries[1] for investors.

The analysis takes into account a country’s macroeconomic conditions and one-year market index volatility.

The fifteen most risky countries for investment, according to iShares Investment Strategy Group, are:

  1. Hungary
  2. Italy
  3. Austria
  4. Sweden
  5. Poland
  6. Finland
  7. Spain
  8. Germany
  9. France
  10. Russia
  11. Norway
  12. South Korea
  13. Turkey
  14. Netherlands
  15. Brazil

For additional information about the list and the factors that went into the analysis, please click here[2].


  1. a list of the world’s riskiest countries: http://isharesblog.com/blog/2012/06/25/where-in-the-world-is-risk-today/
  2. click here: http://isharesblog.com/blog/2012/06/25/where-in-the-world-is-risk-today/

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