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September 2009 Issue
The Great Migration
Dumped by Wall Street giants, bankers are landing at firms such as Mesirow, Knight and Stifel. The transplants—and their new employers—are exploiting the market disarray by trying to win new clients. MORE 

The Contrarian

Paul Touradji’s $1.8 billion hedge fund was one of the few winners in 2008. Meanwhile, some former employees are suing him over pay and alleging abuses. MORE 

Plundering the Amazon

Alcoa and Cargill have bypassed laws designed to prevent destruction of the world’s largest rain forest, Brazilian prosecutors say. The damage wrought by scores of companies is robbing the earth of its best shield against global warming. MORE 

The Fed's Dilemma

As the first signs of a recovery fuel inflation concerns, economists say the central bank may not act fast enough. MORE 

Four-Door Demon

The new Porsche Panamera looks like a sedan and drives like a 911. MORE 

Transforming the G&T

Artisanal gins and more-flavorful tonics are changing the classic cocktail. MORE 

Upper Crusts

New York’s newest pizzaioli give rise to a golden age of dough. MORE 


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Highlights from past issues

Washington's Other Handout
While taxpayers and lawmakers fret about the $700 billion bank bailout, the Treasury and Commerce departments are among a list of agencies that waste as much as $100 billion a year on contracts, often managed in secret. (March 2009)

China in Africa: Young Workers,
Deadly Mines

Children in Congo risk their lives digging cobalt and copper ore with their bare hands for Chinese companies. (Sept 2008)

Busting the Chip Cartel
U.S. antitrust prosecutors sent 15 executives from four companies to jail for price fixing of memory chips. There was a rub: The collusion failed. (June 2008)

The Subprime in the Schoolhouse
The mortgage contagion has hit state-run investment pools that handle $200 billion in funds for schools and cities. Taxpayers are in the dark. (Jan 2008)

Ethanol's Deadly Brew
Thousands of Brazilian sugar cane workers are injured and scores die each year in the rush to produce a fuel that Presidents Bush and Lula celebrate as a path to energy independence. (Nov 2007)

Unsafe Havens
U.S. money market funds have invested $11 billion in subprime debt, much of it managed by Bear Stearns. (Oct 2007)

The Insurance Hoax
Property insurers use secret tactics to cheat customers out of payments—as profits break records. McKinsey's advice to Allstate: Use "boxing gloves" instead of "good hands."
(Sept 2007)

The Secret World of Modern Slavery
Steel used to build cars and appliances in the U.S. starts with forced labor in Brazil. (Dec 2006)

Playing the Odds
Doctors disagree on how to treat the more than 230,000 men who will learn they have prostate cancer this year in the U.S. (Sept 2006)


Also in the September 2009 issue


The Startup
Ken Moelis, who has advised the likes of Carl Icahn and Steve Wynn, wants to turn his boutique into a global investment bank.

The Hidden Empire of Paul Desmarais
The billionaire and his family control Power Corporation of Canada, a little-known global financial giant with returns that beat those of Berkshire Hathaway.

The Last Kings of Scotland
George Mathewson picked Fred Goodwin to carry out RBS's global expansion plans. Now, he wonders whether his successor's inability to admit mistakes led to the biggest loss in U.K. history.

Thwarted by Japan Inc.
John Ho's plans to shake up the country's largest electricity wholesaler led to a loss for his British hedge fund—a sign that the world's No. 2 economy is still hostile to activist investors.

Greening the Grid
Investors see a huge opportunity in upgrading America's antiquated electrical transmission system.