ISSUE DATE: October 31, 2005 =Subscribers Only

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  SPECIAL REPORTS
Best Global Brands
These 100 brands are among the world's most recognized—and most valuable

Best Places to Launch a Career
We canvassed career-services directors, employers, and students to rank the best companies for recent graduates

BusinessWeek 50
Our picks of the top-performing companies from the S&P 500. Plus, regional rankings for Asia and Europe:
Asia's BusinessWeek 50
Europe's BusinessWeek 50

Customer Service Champs
Companies that excel at pleasing customers, based on J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction data and our own reader survey

Hot Growth 100
From young, upstart companies to those that have been around for centuries: Plus, regional rankings of top-performing small businesses in Asia and Europe:
Asia's Hot Growth 100
Europe's Hot Growth 100

Info Tech 100
Emerging-market cellular players, wireless phone and gear makers, and Web giants are this year's stars

World's Most Innovative Companies
Nurturing, creative cultures allow these companies to wow customers with innovative products and services

More Special Reports

International Business News, Business News, Technology Industry News
COVER STORY

The Mad Man Of Wall Street
Jim Cramer wants to make you a lot of money. He's got plenty himself, so why does he bother?
COVER IMAGE:  The Mad Man Of Wall Street
GRAPHIC:  Stockpicker's Empire
CHART:  Market Maven
GRAPHIC:  How To Buy Stocks According To Cramer
Bio: James J. Cramer
ONLINE EXTRA:  How We Compiled Cramer's Report Card
ONLINE EXTRA:  The Quotable Jim Cramer



INTERNATIONAL COVER STORY

Betting On China's Banks
The biggest IPO on earth may signal the start of a rich, new era in financial markets
COVER IMAGE:  Betting On China's Banks
GRAPHIC:  CCB Cleaned Up Its Act...
GRAPHIC:  ...But Huge Challenges Remain
GRAPHIC:  China Fever

Raging Growth And Rickety Bourses
Beijing is taking steps to make its stock exchanges reliable -- and transparent enough to lure ambitious local companies
CHART:  Going Nowhere

Piggy Bank To The World
A flood of Chinese savings over the next several decades could boost world economies
CHART:  China Effect


SPECIAL REPORT

This Man Wants To Heal Health Care
ONLINE EXTRA:  Corporate Health Care Gets Proactive
ONLINE EXTRA:  Protecting Patients' Privacy
ONLINE EXTRA:  Power to the Patient


UP FRONT

Talk Show

Teaming Up To Take On Wal-Mart

Call It "Grounds For Suspicion"

What's Next -- G.I. Joe Formal Wear?

An Indian Labor Shortage?

A Boat-Slip Bubble In Miami

Joseph Galli: The Lid Pops At Rubbermaid

Enough Stats To Choke The Hungriest Fan

Coins Lose Cachet In Japan


READERS REPORT

Scouting Talent: Tips From Troops On The Ground

Immigration Could Spark An Exodus From The GOP

Two Contradictory Takes On Dell

The Predictable Disaster Of Medicare's Big Experiment


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"The Best Executive MBAs" (Special Report, Oct. 24, 2005)

"Promise Keeper" (Voices of Innovation, Oct. 17, 2005)


VOICES OF INNOVATION

Stan Honey: Virtual Virtuoso


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

The Way To A Google Office


MEDIA CENTRIC

Samsung The Network


THE BARKER PORTFOLIO

Catalog IPOs: Wait For A Sale


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: GM Adds One More Brake On Inflation

Turkey: Big Blows From High Oil -- And Avian Flu


NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Hedges: The New Corporate ATMs

An Ugly Split Over Business Taxes

Kerkorian At The Gates

"Working Late" Won't Work Anymore


IN BIZ THIS WEEK

Mike S. Zafirovski: Handyman's Special

Publishers vs. Google

Ivy-Covered Investor

Biotech Bonanza

The Big Banks Rake It In

Et Cetera...

Closing Bell: Guidant


WASHINGTON OUTLOOK

Congress Gets Serious About A Pandemic

Business Balks At Tighter Borders

Online Extra: "This Is Intolerable"


ASIAN BUSINESS

TSMC: "A Very Huge Pair Of Shoes To Fill"

Jakarta Puts Its Banks On The Block


EUROPEAN BUSINESS

One Hand On Two Steering Wheels

Arvato Is Printing Money

Accor: Please Call Housekeeping


GLOBAL OUTLOOK

Iran: So Much For Harmony At The Top

Pakistan: After The Himalayas Quake


PEOPLE

At Sears, A Great Communicator


ENTREPRENEURS

Golden Parachutes


MARKETING

Leader Of The Packs


MANUFACTURING

A Whole New Wireless Order

No Need For Economies Of Scale


GOVERNMENT

Storm Warnings For Kevin Martin
ONLINE EXTRA:  The FCC's Front Man Talks


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Crashing The Stent Party
ONLINE EXTRA:  How The Conor Stent Works


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Cold Realities For Novell


SPORTS BIZ

The PGA Tour: Sand Trap Ahead
ONLINE EXTRA:  How the PGA Schedule Lines Up


WORKING LIFE

Good Divorce, Good Business


PERSONAL BUSINESS

Three Generations, One Roof

A Rival For BMW?

Why Most Meetings Stink

Wanted: Your Life Insurance

A Rich Harvest Of Losses
Time For A Yearend Checkup


PLUS

Beware Of Seers

A Trove Of JFK Memorabilia

Deferred Comp: Breathe Easier

Rockefeller Center Views


INSIDE WALL STREET

Why Biocryst Has Wings

Total Trust In SulphCo

BearingPoint Of Recovery?


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

"Big Army Just Doesn't Get It"


IDEAS -- VIEWPOINT

A Stronger Yuan Helps China


EDITORIALS

Higher Ed's Higher Costs

The Invisible Lenders


INTERNATIONAL -- READERS REPORT

Why Germany Needs Loopholes For The Rich

A Tax Hike Is The Last Thing Japan Needs

Cerberus' Lumbering Conglomerate Is No Innovation


INTERNATIONAL -- INT'L FIGURES OF THE WEEK

International Figures Of The Week (.pdf)
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