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Another country whose index fund has been lagging so far in 2013 but that looks poised for longer-term growth thanks to its demographics is Turkey. While the country’s steepest slide in dependency ratio is already in the rear-view, the working population is still expected to grow for a little over a decade.
So far this year, Turkey’s struggles have come thanks to “weak domestic demand and spillover from the European debt crisis,” according to The Wall Street Journal, while that domestic demand was hurt by tightening economic policy.
Which brings us to an important point: Population trends will only take off when surrounded by the proper policies. That said, Turkey still has plenty of time to get things back on track, and it has the perfect foundation for an economic explosion whenever that happens.