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Singapore on a Friday: Riding with Mark Mobius, Father of Emerging Markets

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STORY: Mark Mobius on a Friday(Internet archive - be a bit patient as it loads)
MOVIE: Movie
PHOTOS: Photo Gallery(uses the now-defunct, Flash driven JAlbum - so you need to view it on an old school desktop. Sorry).

I've just landed in Singapore and hit the ground pedaling, meeting and riding with customers Mark Mobius (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Mobius) and Richard Piliero from Franklin Templeton (the "Gain from our Perspective" people).

So who is Mark Mobius, and more importantly, what am I doing hanging out with the likes of  him?

Mark is considered "The Father of Emerging Markets," and credited with coining this term that refers to investing in "developing" countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). Of course, this acronym is becoming obsolete as these economies are rapidly accelerating towards the cushiness of the first world. He travels globally and constantly, frequenting 24-hour gyms while investigating promising companies - a…