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The Bank That Works
The Bank That Works
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February 13, 2012
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"The Bank That Works" follows the success of Wells Fargo and its strong customer service values and its possibility of solving the housing crisis. Plus: sport's biggest ballers, can textbook giant Chegg defy this ever-growing digital age and buried under Carlsbad, NM may be the answer to the country's energy crisis. 

THE BANK THAT WORKS

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Don’t soft-soap SOPA.

LEADERBOARD
FLOWCHART- Joann Muller
Inside a tycoon’s messy empire.

SCORECARD
Early 2012 winners and loser: Ellison sails, Google trends downward.

YIN YANG- Eric Savitz
Jerry Yang’s roller coaster of a career has hit another dip, but his ride is far from over.

MONEY BOWL
Some statistics you likely won’t see on Super Bowl Sunday.

TOYS- Kashmir Hill
Kim Dotcom loses his megaloot.

FACE-OFF- Deborah L. Jacobs
Legal rights: air versus sea.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers bet on Spotify’s next move. Some were annoyed by our “30 Under 30” package- and our story about the cellular company LightSquared.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
The virtues of capitalism.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Chip Mellor
An unhealthy exercise of federal power.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Driving change: Cisco’s Chambers.

STRATEGIES
WHY FORD SHOULD WORRY- Joann Muller
Chief Executive Alan Mulally avoided bankruptcy. But he’s not safe yet. Not by a long shot.

TECHNOLOGY
SAP GETS A PIT BULL- Victoria Baret
Dull no more, the German giant is suddenly overgrowing Oracle. Watch out, Larry. Here comes Lars.

GREENING THE GRID- Erica Gies
LightSail aims to make power cleaner by making energy storage cheap and plentiful.

CHEGG’S NEW CHAPTER- Helen Coster
Can the best-funded company in textbook rental compete in a digital world?

DATA DRIVE / THE CURE FOR ROAD RAGE- Jon Bruner
Los Angeles built the largest connected traffic network of its kind. Driving its streets has never been better. Honest.

INVESTING
PICK YOUR POISON- Daniel Fisher
Rising rates? Recession? DoubleLine’s Jeff Gundlach says bond investors have to choose which risk they fear more in 2012.

MAILBOX BLUES- Kelly Phillips Erb
The 1099s and W-2s now arriving feature some confusing changes. Here’s help.

HOW TO FIGURE STOCK GAINS- William Baldwin
Reconstructing a tax cost for ancient stock positions can be a chore. Some shortcuts.

INTRINSIC VALUE- William Priest
European thriller.

FIXED-INCOME WATCH- Richard Lehman
Scoop up the bargains.

FINANCIAL STRATEGY- A. Gary Shilling
More juice left in Treasurys.

ENTREPRENEURS
YOUR MODEL AGAINST MINE- Alex Knapp
Kaggle helps companies improve their algorithms by letting data jocks compete for their business.

MORTAGE MAVEN- Helen Coster
Sue Allon launched a loan-analysis firm in the depths of the housing crisis. Now she’s ready to ride the next securitization wave.

FEATURES
THE BANK THAT WORKS- Matt Schifrin and Halah Touryalai
As financial services continue to struggle with credibility- and profitability- John Stumpf’s Wells Fargo is quietly doing what banks are supposed to: opening accounts, making loans and issuing mortages. He may even have a solution to the housing crisis.

THE COMING ERA OF ABUNDANCE- Brian Caulfield
Peter Diamandis’ $10 million X Prize bounty sparked a boom in commercial space tourism. You won’t believe what he wants to do next.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON- Tom Van Riper, Kurt Badenhausen, Michael K. Ozanian and Christina Settemi
The wounded Golden State Warriors: the best deal in basketball. Plus: highest earning NBA players and team values.

NUKE US!- Christopher
There’s a secure solution to America’s energy problem buried under booming Carlsbad, N.M. If only Washington would get out of the way.

FREEPORT-MCMORAN’S COPPER CHAOS- Simon Montlake
The mining giant dug up a heap of trouble in Indonesia’s most tenuous territory, and it won’t get better soon. Investors beware.

LIFE
AMERICA’S CUP: RACING TO THE FUTURE- Daniel Fisher
Larry Ellison’s high-tech yachts redefine sailing speed.

THOUGHTS
On basketball.