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"While the start of this year was all about the misery of the PIIGS, the rest of the year is likely to focus on the mastery of the STINC.

That would be Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Indonesia and Chile, five under-appreciated corners of the earth unsullied by over-spending, over-confidence and over-exposure.

These five countries have been doing all the little things that add up to one big year -- and probably a big decade to follow. Each are nascent export powerhouses that can hold their own in any conversation about places where businesses and companies are just getting it done, without glamour or bright lights.

It's amazing what can happen in countries that don't borrow their way into oblivion, and focus on the important task of creating value through hard work, demographic growth, fiscal restraint and infrastructure investment. These are elements that major countries like the United States and China once cherished, but were lost in their breakneck rush toward growth at all costs.

The STINC countries are not a fad, and suffered their own stress tests years ago following the Asian currency crisis and Latin American bond scare. Their companies will be in your portfolio 10 years from now when they're really big and this is an old story, so you might as well start now when they're medium-sized or even small and participate in their growth. "


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