A year ago on Sept. 11, one of our voices fell silent.
William J. "Bill" Meehan, 49, a friend, colleague, regular
contributor and chief market analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in last year's attacks. His office was on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower, the building first hit by a hijacked plane last year.
Known for his savvy commentary on the financial markets, Meehan gained a huge following among investors by explaining the market's gyrations in an irreverent and incisive style. In his daily column, called "The Meehan Notes," Meehan would make his prescient market calls, and then in the next sentence, would note that he was off to "the wilds of Jersey" to see the Beach Boys, Paul Simon or Jethro Tull.
We wanted to remember his voice on this one-year anniversary, so here we present some of his best work. It was very hard to choose a few of his best columns, but instead of selecting his top market picks, we opted to link to some of the pieces in which his voice rang through most clearly.
His silence is a void we all feel today.
TSC Pays Tribute to Bill Meehan
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Howard Simons' Tribute
Brian Reynolds' Tribute
Todd Harrison's Tribute
A Look Back at Some of Bill Meehan's Columns
Instructions for Life, Dec. 22, 2000
If you have time to read no other columns, click on this one. It says a lot about him.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Dec. 21, 2000
Bill reflects on the information age before the dawn of a new year.
Skinny Tuesday: No Wild Party for Tech Stocks, Feb. 28, 2001
This piece injects his renowned sense of humor into a tough market.
Dear Prudence, Greet the Brand-New Day, March 13, 2001
Bill sends a message of hope amid the 'vicious' environment of the Street of Dreams.
Paradise Found? March 26, 2001
After a celebratory day on Wall Street, Bill anticipates his Hawaiian getaway.
Time to Take on More Risk, April 5, 2001
With no time to crow over his correct market call, Bill pens a missive while admiring a Hawaiian sunset.
A Time to Warn, a Time to Trade, May 30, 2001
Bill gets philosophical while quoting Yogi Berra.
Watching Whether the SOX Will Hold Its Gains, June 8, 2001
In spite of years of experience, he never missed the chance to learn something new -- and to admit it.
Looking for Reason on Wall Street? Keep Looking, July 20, 2001
In the same column, he quotes Tom Siebel and Alfred E. Neuman without a pause.
Bottoms Up, but Hold the Bubbly, Aug. 3, 2001
Calling a bottom comes back in vogue, and Bill points out the ironies.
It Could Be Worse, Sept. 10, 2001
These are the last words we heard from Bill on our site, written a day before the tragedy.