Insights for Business at a Moment of Change

Insights for Business at a Moment of Change

It is already a cliché to call the inauguration of Barack Obama an historic moment, but with so much—including the economic health and prosperity of the country—riding on his Presidency, it's hard not to take a deep breath and consider what could be. In this Special Inauguration Issue, the writers and editors of BusinessWeek look beyond the pomp and excitement of the moment to frame 10 policy debates that will consume business in the months ahead. We certainly can't guarantee the outcome of those important battles, but we tell you which way the wind is blowing and share with you insights that may help influence your business decisions. We also offer an insider's guide to navigating Obama's Washington in which we identify the new power players. In addition, we asked readers and industry experts to dream a little and imagine projects that might help the U.S. build a new future. Those intriguing ideas confirm what we all know: Change is afoot.

In that spirit, this issue also presents a Personal Business section that has been changed and redesigned to be more useful to investors. Among the features we're introducing is Money Report, a smart digest of immediate and important developments that could influence your personal-finance choices. In How to Play It, we will explore the investing implications of business trends covered elsewhere in the magazine. For example, this week we highlight the best ways to play a sector that will benefit from fiscal stimulus—municipal bonds. And our Life Management section will provide guidance on topics ranging from retirement to tax planning, compensation, and much more. And, of course, there are additional personal-finance articles and videos online at BusinessWeek.com. We hope you enjoy—and profit from—our expanded commitment to providing the most insightful and relevant personal-finance advice available.

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