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Any long-term investment strategy must factor in these demographic trends

Population shifts will transform the global economy. You can't afford to ignore them

Mumbai. Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto/PA Images

Covid-19 has seen investors poring over death statistics as much as earnings figures. Such behaviour is unusual: demography typically features little in investment strategies. But those with long horizons should pay attention to vital statistics beyond their use during a pandemic.

Investing is, after all, a form of forecasting. Where investors place money depends on how they expect economies to fare in future and the size, growth and make-up of populations will shape those prospects. The economic outlook for Nigeria and Hungary could hardly be more different: the one large, fast-growing and youthful; the other small, contracting and…

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