On Wall Street, it's all about managing expectations, especially during earnings season. That frenetic time of the year is well upon us, and


has been scrambling to get you all the numbers you need to know. Amid the flurry of reports, make sure to check out our daily coverage in the

markets section, which provides a comprehensive score card of who's meeting, and beating, the Street's estimates.

I hope you've been paying attention to our expanded international coverage. Led by International Editor

Andrew Morse

, our foreign staffers are trotting the globe to bring you the latest in investable ideas and news about overseas trends. Last week

Philip Segal

discussed the bargains created by saber-rattling in

Taiwan, while

Marc Young

looked at corporate Britain's

growing embrace of the euro. This week, look for a feature by the peripatetic

Philip Droege

on Malaysia's project to create the Cyberjaya smart city. As we build out our

international section, we're looking for your input. You can email Andrew at

amorse@thestreet.com with your thoughts.

We've got a special series this week. Fund mergers happen every day, and we note them occasionally in stories. But as these mergers grew in numbers, we decided they were worth a closer look.

When Funds Collide

is a four-part series, beginning Monday, examining whether mergers are really the benign events that fund companies portray them to be. Staff reporter

Joe Bousquin

finds that they're not. In fact, if you own a fund that is absorbing another, its performance will more than likely suffer in the future, according to Joe's story. And


tax reporter

Tracy Byrnes

adds that you could wind up paying extra taxes as well.

In other news, we've been paying close attention to IPOs in recent months as the IPO cycle continues to provide some spectacular debuts. One of the most promising, according to columnist

Jim Seymour

, will be the offering of

Red Hat

(RHAT:Nasdaq), a tiny software house with a handle on a very big idea -- Linux. In just a few years, Linux has come to dominate its niche by providing network server software, at the expense of no less an outfit than Microsoft. It makes for a fascinating tale, and Jim tells all in two installments beginning Monday.

Beyond the news, we've got a closely fought contest happening on the site:

TheStreet.com Investment Challenge

. Each week we profile the leaders, so you can read about which strategies are leading the pack. If you've missed it, it's not too late to register! Registration is open through Aug. 9, and you can play through Aug. 20. Visit the Investment Challenge, located on the

Community page, for details.

Finally, I hope you were able to catch the debut of our TV show, "TheStreet.com," on the

Fox News Channel

this weekend. We're just getting started in providing you the most energetic, on-target financial news show around. If you have ideas about what you'd like to see, check out the

TSC on Fox page on the site and email us using the form on the right side of the page. As always, we appreciate your feedback.

L'Etoile du Nord,

Dave Kansas