A Letter From the Publisher: Nov. 10, 1986

This week's cover story on the stock market and its gyrations was not a task for a numberphobe or the technologically faint of heart. "After nuclear proliferation, this is the most complicated cover I've ever tackled," says Associate Editor George Russell, who wrote the story. Following a stint as TIME's Buenos Aires bureau chief from 1979 to 1981, Russell returned to write in the World section for five years, then switched last March to Economy & Business. "Wars and coups are very decisive -- stories tend to write themselves when people are killing each other," he observes. "It is tougher to...

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