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February 18, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EIU Launches New Risk Service for Global Businesses

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a provider of global risk analyses, has announced the launch of RiskWire, a major new risk service that analyzes operating conditions in key markets. According to the announcement, RiskWire introduces an innovative ratings model to map the operational risks for businesses in 60 countries. In addition to providing comprehensive analysis of the main risk factors, RiskWire will give clients daily alerts in response to events, allowing global businesses to adjust to changing conditions on the ground. RiskWire is delivered online as a premium channel on ViewsWire, the Economist Intelligence Unit's daily briefing service, or as a stand-alone subscription (http://riskwire.eiu.com).

The new RiskWire unites EIU's analyses of economies and political movements with detailed coverage of tax policies, the legal environment, and security issues to produce a new, comprehensive support tool for executives managing operations across borders. With the help of a global network of more than 500 experts, EIU rates 66 factors and feeds those scores into a carefully designed, new operating risk model. By rating each category on a scale of 0 (least risky) to 100 (most risky), EIU is able to create a robust basis for comparison between markets. The scores are underpinned and given context by the depth of the Economist Intelligence Unit's country analysis.

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the business information arm of The Economist Group. EIU's electronic services include eiu.com, a virtual library with access to all of its publications and store.eiu.com, a transactional site; viewswire.com and riskwire.eiu.com, which provide daily and operational intelligence on countries worldwide; ebusinessforum.com, a portal to global analysis on e-business; and Data Services, a portfolio of economic and market indicators and forecasts.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit



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