ISSUE DATE: December 30, 2002
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COVER STORY

Where to Invest in 2003
How to get the biggest bang out of a treacherous market: BusinessWeek's yearend Investment Outlook gives you the economic and market overviews to help you plan -- and the sector-by-sector details to help you make the smartest investment choices
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UP FRONT

Talk Show

Disney: More Insiders at the Castle

At United, a Lock on Stock Sales

Look Who Says "Soak the Rich"

The 2002 News Quiz


READERS REPORT

The Meaning of the Ken Lipper Saga

The New Philanthropy: What Gives?

Get Off the Golf Course, Tech Investors

What Robert Barro Doesn't Know about Dockworkers

Slurs Fell on Alabama

A Faithful Reader Spots an Evergreen Idea

No Skirting the Rules to Sell Tech in China

Give the Accountants More Credit


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"FedEx: Gaining on the ground" (The Corporation, Dec. 16, 2002)

"Which adviser knows the way?" (BusinessWeek Investor, Nov. 25, 2002)


BOOKS

Is Democracy Dangerous?

The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List (.pdf)

The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

Gazing into My Crystal PC...


ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT

What the Scandals Reveal: A Strong Economy


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: The Recovery Gains Traction after a Muddy Autumn

Eastern Europe: The Big EU Hopefuls Are Pushing Their Luck
Loose fiscal and monetary policies in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia could cause problems upon their entry into the EU


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

The Great Budget Debate
Why the Supply Siders are Scrambling
How Do You Tally the Benefits of a Tax Cut?

A Shocker from the Oil Patch

Memo to CEOs: Give It Up

Go East, Young Chipmaker

Commentary: E-Tail Stocks: 'Tis the Season to Be Wary

George Soros Is Back in the Game

Who Says CEOs Are Grinches?


IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK

Deborah Hopkins: Winds of Change

Conseco Throws in the Towel

History on the Basketball Court

WorldCom Clears the Decks

Red Ink at the Golden Arches

Can UAL Jettison its Labor Deal?

Et Cetera...

Not So Boffo


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Even If Lott Goes, Damage Has Been Done

Mr. and Mrs. Juice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Putting Up Walls Inside the EU

Can Diekmann Plug the Leaks in Allianz?


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Bob's Biggest Bloopers of the Year


INSIDE WALL STREET

Angling for Instinet?

From Exact Sciences, a Better Cancer Test

Singing Machine May Join a Larger Chorus


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)


EDITORIALS

What We Learned in 2002


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Greater China: Progress--and Misplaced Anxiety

Why Profits Aren't Pouring in for Starbucks in Japan

What Makes Microsoft Mighty? Not Innovation or Price

Boeing's Jet of the Future: Thanks, but No Thanks

A Good Stockpicker Is a Lucky Stockpicker

Bush's Tax Cut: On the Right Track


INTERNATIONAL -- ASIAN BUSINESS

A Crusader Who's Taking India Private

Guangzhou Daily: From Rag to Riches to...


INTERNATIONAL -- EUROPEAN BUSINESS

Yoox: Discounted Luxury
The Italian e-tailer thrives by selling designer clothes cheaply -- who cares if it's not the latest?


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L OUTLOOK

France: Raffarin Can't Afford to Wait on Reform

A Shakeup in Euro Finance?

Iraq's Unruly Opposition


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures of the Week
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