sovereign risk

Sovereign risk

The risk that a central bank will impose foreign exchange regulations that will reduce or negate the value of foreign exchange contracts. Also refers to the risk of government default on a loan made to a country or guaranteed by it. The government's part of political risk.
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Sovereign Risk

In foreign exchange, the risk that a foreign central bank will significantly alter its monetary policy or other foreign exchange regulations so that it significantly affects one's currency trades. More broadly, it can apply to any political risk that a nation will refuse to comply with an agreement to which it is a party. For example, if one conducts a currency trade involving a pegged currency and the country in question decides to let its currency float, it can significantly impact the profitability of the currency trade. See also: Liquidity risk, Credit risk.
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sovereign risk

The risk of owning the security of an issuer in a country other than the one in which the investor lives. For example, an investor residing in the United States incurs sovereign risk in purchasing a bond issued by the government of Brazil. This risk stems from the fact that a foreign country may nationalize its private businesses, stop paying interest, or repudiate its debt.
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Euromonitor said the sovereign risk remains a "serious concern" in many parts of the world.
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"Although the Greek government appears to be on, or even ahead of, schedule in terms of the implementation of the actions laid out in its Stability and Growth Program, the difficult macroeconomic and financial environment has made continued adherence to the program considerably more challenging," says Sarah Carlson, vice president and senior analyst in the sovereign risk group and lead analyst for Greece.
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Leading a team of prominent technocrats, the Finance Minister, former World Bank executive Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has cultivated foreign investors and pushed the debt renegotiation as a means to slash the sovereign risk premium.
Yepes explained that loan pricing and terms at Wachovia are dependent on sovereign risk ratings, the size of the transaction and market conditions.
We're constantly writing new spins on existing products on every deal," said Price Lowenstein, president of Sovereign Risk Insurance, a Bermuda-based company that specializes in writing political risk insurance.
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