ISSUE DATE: October 22, 2007 =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

Bear Bets Wrong
Two Bear Stearns hedge funds soared by specializing in exotic securities and unorthodox practices. Then they imploded and helped set off a global credit market meltdown
COVER IMAGE:  Bear's Hocus Pocus
GRAPHIC:  The Fine Print
GRAPHIC:  Bad Formula
GRAPHIC:  Only a Matter of Time


EDITOR'S MEMO

A BusinessWeek for a Busier World


THE BUSINESS WEEK

A New Reason for Bulls to Run

Keeping Up with Oracle

What Happened at Bear

Waiting for the Dreamliner

Auto Workers Walk Again

A Scorned Sallie Sues

Sprint's Boss Rings Off

Bottled Water Backlash

How High Can Google Go?

Siemens Pays Up

Big Music Wins Big

Brewers in One Bottle

Move Over, iTunes

Insourcing Piracy

RBS Lands ABN

Cozy Bourses in China

The Write-Down Parade

Burger Lovers, Beware

Glaxo: The Winner Is...

Kazakhstan Backs Off

Acid Rain, Go Away

A Vote for Free Trade?

Cadbury Shifts Gears

Rate That Software!

China's Emerging Global Brands


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- BUSINESS OUTLOOK

The Storms of August Continue


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- NUMBERS

Slide Show: Commercial Building Is Holding Steady—for Now


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- THE NEXT BUSINESS WEEK

BusinessWeek.com

BusinessWeek TV

The Calendar


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- BTW - ANALYZE THIS

Analyze This


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- BTW

A Wake-Up Call for Coffee

Chief Executive Worriers

Google's Open Lobby

Jack's Global Splash

A New Pop Sensation


THE BUSINESS WEEK -- FACETIME

George Soros: Chairman Soros Fund


NEWS

Universal Music Takes on iTunes

The Economy's Safety Valve

Alarming Talk in Hong Kong

What in the Web Are They Thinking?
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Big Tech Buyouts

Trucking Hits The Breaks

North Korea's Warming Trend


IN DEPTH

The Patient American
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Inside Vietnam's Boom

I Can Get Your Kid into an Ivy
ONLINE EXTRA:  Putting College Within Reach for Many


WHAT'S NEXT -- MEDIA

The Arab World Wants Its MTV
ONLINE EXTRA:  MTV Presses Play in the Middle East


WHAT'S NEXT -- INFO TECH

A Bruise or Two on Apple's Reputation


WHAT'S NEXT -- GREEN BIZ

Towed Across the Sea by a Monster Kite

Alien vs. Predator in Florida

Of New Plastics and a Steel Sandwich


WHAT'S NEXT -- C SUITE

Selling CEOs on a Troubled Bird


WHAT'S NEXT -- FINANCE

A Kinder, Gentler Shareholder Activist


WHAT'S NEXT -- HEALTH

Roll Up Your Sleeve, Gramps


WHAT'S NEXT -- MANAGING

I Dodged the Ax. Now I'm in Agony

The Innovation Doctor Is in

When the Boss Goes to Work in the Call Center


WHAT'S NEXT -- DESIGN

A Master Designer Redraws His Plans
Playbook: Making Dough From Your Designs


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- HEALTH CARE

Advocates Who Help You Negotiate Health Care
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: Benefits Parade


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- RETIREMENT

Quiz: Should You Switch to a Roth 401(k)?


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- INVESTING

Stock Volatility: Get off the Roller Coaster


PERSONAL BUSINESS -- PARKER ON WINE

Champions of Chardonnay


OPINION -- TECH & YOU

Which BlackBerry Is the Juiciest?
Slide Show: Sifting The Tech Hits Out Of The Hype


OPINION -- MEDIA CENTRIC

Don't Kill the Nightly News. Really


OPINION -- INSIDE WALL STREET

Amgen: Down but Not Out

Happy Faces at IncrediMail

A Courtroom Boost for O2Micro


OPINION -- FEEDBACK

An American Bias

The Debate Over Pay Works Overtime

Educating Borrowers Just Won't Work

The Bumpy Road to a Biofuel Future

Making Tough Decisions For Our Kids

Don't Encourage the Hackers

Corrections & Clarifications


OPINION -- BOOKS

America's Fleeting Edge in Innovation


OPINION -- THE WELCH WAY

Define Yourself—or Others Will
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