Financial crises have severe economic and political consequences, as well as being costly for investors. The capacity to predict these crises is valuable to both governments and private sector stakeholders. Fathom’s Financial Vulnerability Indicator (FVI) does just that, offering a comprehensive assessment of sovereign, currency and banking risk for 176 countries. Combining innovative econometric techniques, cutting-edge academic literature and large amounts of data, the FVI assesses the likelihood of crises occurring in each quarter.
Beyond the headline statistical probabilities, access to the full FVI dataset provides clients with an understanding of what drives potential crises that is presented in a user-friendly, interactive interface. The tool estimates the contribution of each variable to the probability of a crisis, allowing users to understand the source of vulnerabilities. Variables are also grouped into an intuitive set of narrative drivers (imbalances, flows, and reversals) and geographic factors (domestic vulnerabilities, global shocks and contagion effects). The transparency of the model and its economic rigour makes the FVI appealing to a wide range of clients.