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How to Make More in 2010

http://www.fool.com/investing/international/2010/01/07/how-to-make-more-in-2010.aspx

Tim Hanson
January 7, 2010

Odds are you made a little money in the stock market this year. You may even be feeling pretty good about yourself.

After an awful 2008 and an even more awful start to 2009, the U.S. stock market rebounded in a big way, with our benchmark index rising nearly 20%. Even better, widely held stocks such as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) , Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  ) , and eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY  ) were all up more than 40%.

That's all well and good, but I want you to ask yourself: Could you have done better?

The answer is ...
U.S. stocks had an undoubtedly good year, but we lagged the rest of the world by a wide margin.

Excluding the United States, global stocks rose nearly 40% in 2009, and some markets did even better than that. According to data from Dow Jones, China was up more than 116%, Indonesia 87%, Brazil 82%, and India 81%.

What's more, you could easily have put some of the magnitude of these returns in your portfolio by buying shares of companies that operate in these markets.

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Country

Company

2009 Return

China

China Green Agriculture (NYSE: CGA  )

374%

Indonesia

Telkom Indonesia (NYSE: TLK  )

65%

Brazil

America Movil (NYSE: AMX  )

56%

India

HDFC Bank (NYSE: HDB  )

83%