A sustained policy of interest-rate increases. A weakening euro. Oil prices dangling a stone's throw from 10-year highs. And, most recently, a slew of top-shelf companies -- technology outfits, in particular -- warning of weakening demand.

This is the economic backdrop as the curtain rises on the fourth quarter of 2000 -- a year in which the first nine months have witnessed a 9.7% retreat in the

Nasdaq Composite

and a 2.2% decline in the

S&P 500

. With the fourth quarter upon us, the question is: Where will the markets stand three months from now?

TheStreet.com

huddled with some of the best money managers on Wall Street to hear their answers to that question. The pros will also weigh in on where they think the treasures -- and the traps -- are. Every day this week, we'll have a Q&A session with the best and the brightest:

Monday:

Kurt Schansinger, manager of the

Merrill Lynch Balanced Capital Fund

Tuesday:

Paul Meeks, skipper of

Merrill Lynch Internet Strategies

and

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Merrill Lynch Global Technology

Wednesday:

John Maack, director of equities at

Crabbe Huson

Thursday:

John Bollinger of

Bollinger Capital Management

and

EquityTrader.com

Friday:

Kevin Landis of

Firsthand Funds

Weekend:

Bob Turner of

Turner Funds