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Should they stay or should they go? Turkey leaves foreign investors at odds

Short-term foreign investors staged their biggest flight from Turkey last year, while foreign direct investments shot up to a seven-year high.
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Foreign investors acted in opposing ways in Turkey last year. One group sold off whatever they had in their portfolios and left. The flight of so-called hot money — short-term investments in treasury bonds and stock shares — reached an unprecedented level in Turkish history.

Faik Oztrak, former treasury undersecretary, told Al-Monitor that foreign-held portfolios experienced a net cash out of $9.4 billion in 2015, exceeding sell-offs during Turkey’s financial crises from 2001 to 2008. The 2001 capital flight, totaling some $7 billion, was particularly biting due to Turkey’s low foreign reserves at the time.

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