• Dewey & Leboeuf: Partner exodus is no big deal

    More than 30 partners have fled the law firm this year after an earnings miss in 2011 was followed by a controversial compensation review this January. Its response? Get used to it.

    FORTUNE -- For a guy who is supposed to be overseeing the meltdown of the law firm he runs, Steven Davis cuts a pretty mellow figure. Over the course of a one-hour sit down in the midtown Manhattan headquarters of MORE

    - Mar 22, 2012 2:38 PM ET
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  • Meredith Whitney was right

    The more general point that Meredith Whitney was trying to make about public debt -- that municipal finances in this country were a mess that was only going to get messier -- was dead on.

    FORTUNE -- To readers of the business press, the story is a familiar one: fifteen months ago, superstar analyst Meredith Whitney rocked the world of municipal finance with a December 2010 prediction on 60 Minutes that a MORE

    - Mar 12, 2012 10:26 AM ET
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  • The Keystone debacle as seen through Canadian eyes

    Alberta Finance Minister Ron Liepert has a message for U.S. politicians: We'll find a way to get our oil down south with or without Keystone. That, or it might just go to China.

    FORTUNE -- The world has turned upside down. First, despite a decade-long exercise in hand-wringing about reducing American dependence on the oil of, shall we say, "unfriendly" governments, the U.S. just put the kibosh on a deal with Canada MORE

    - Feb 15, 2012 11:48 AM ET
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  • Meet the woman behind Sheldon Adelson

    Miriam Adelson is not your average billionaire's wife. In an exclusive interview with Fortune, the medical doctor, businesswoman and philanthropist emerges as no less accomplished — or powerful — than her larger-than-life spouse.

    FORTUNE -- The business world knows quite well who Sheldon Adelson is -- the eighth richest American who has alternately lost and recouped tens of billions of dollars in the casino business over the last few years. A MORE

    - Feb 8, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • The cash is coming! Here's how to play it.

    If company executives can't figure out how to invest their money back into their own businesses, they're going to have to return it to their shareholders. This year may finally be the year for that.

    FORTUNE -- When Apple announced its latest quarterly earnings last week, the most amazing thing wasn't that it once again blew away Wall Street's expectations. This company is on a roll of unprecedented proportions, and it's MORE

    - Jan 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • For investors, playing the game of risk has never been easier

    UBS just launched instruments to let investors turn risk on or off. Is it really that simple?

    FORTUNE -- Imagine if investing were as simple as a light switch. When you're feeling good, you turn it on. When you're not, off. Even if you're manic, and change your mind about your feelings every single day, it's as simple as that: ON or OFF. Well, imagine no more! That's the state the MORE

    - Dec 21, 2011 11:04 AM ET
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  • The world needs more crazy billionaires

    Paul Allen, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel....they're all dropping bushels of cash on things they think are cool that won't likely ever make money. Good for them.

    FORTUNE -- Leave it to a tech billionaire to once again raise the bar on space exploration. With news that Paul Allen plans to build the largest plane ever—the wings will be 385 feet long—geeks all over the world are surely rejoicing. The plane, which MORE

    - Dec 15, 2011 2:18 PM ET
  • Ten questions for Jon Corzine

    The former chief of the bankrupt firm MF Global heads to Capitol Hill on Thursday. Here are some questions for Jon Corzine's congressional grillers.

    FORTUNE -- Suggestions from management gurus or consultants that things are moving faster than ever before have always been off-putting. Things are always moving faster than ever before, and so in some sense nothing is changing at all. It's never truly different this time around.

    Jon Corzine has MORE

    - Dec 7, 2011 8:37 AM ET
  • Netflix: Down, but not out

    If you're into buying stocks on the turn, now may be the time for Netflix.

    FORTUNE -- If you're looking for a stock to kick around and are getting bored of banks, look no further. I present to you Netflix, the undisputed whipping boy of late 2011.

    It all started with the controversial price hike in the summer and continues to this very day. Earlier this week, Netflix dropped a "double bomb" on MORE

    - Nov 23, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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  • Time to buy U.S. banks?

    Forget emerging markets. The best investment opportunities right now might just be in our own backyard.

    FORTUNE -- Woe is the investor who has tried to pick a bottom in U.S. financial stocks at any time in the past few years. Unless their timing has been dead-on, they have surely gotten burned by one or more instances when the industry's stocks have cratered on some new fear. The current bogeyman? Italy, MORE

    - Nov 16, 2011 10:48 AM ET
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About This Author
Duff McDonald
Duff McDonald
Contributing Editor, Fortune

Duff McDonald is a contributing editor at Fortune. He has also written for New York, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Portfolio, GQ, WIRED, Time, Newsweek, and others. In 2004, he was the recipient of two Canadian National Magazine Awards -- best business story (gold) and best investigative reporting (silver) -- for "Conrad's Fall" in National Post Business. Last Man Standing, his biography of Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2009. He is also the co-author, with Owen Burke, of The CEO, a satire.

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