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The Coming Week on <I>TSC</I>

This year, <I>TSC</I> will be giving you more premarket information and revamping the Red Hots.

Whew! Or, as some smarty-pants is telling you, told you so!

Turned out that the Y2K thrill provided more tense anticipation than any realized drama. The celebrations around the world were incredible, and just a short time after the last fireworks have fizzled, we're right back into the mix of figuring out what's going to happen the next hour, the next day and the next week.

The new year is also about new beginnings, and we've got a lot in store for you as we kick off the year 2000 at

. This week, we'll be publishing information on the 10 things you need to know about investing in the new year. A lot of places are giving you retrospectives, but we know that investors want to know what's going to happen in the future -- and we'll do our best crystal-ball gazing and analysis for you each day through Friday.

One of our goals this year is to provide you with more premarket information. During those hazy early hours before the opening bell rings, we know that you're scrambling for the latest dope on what's going to happen in the stock market. As we move into the new year, you'll notice a growing amount of information in those previously murky premarket hours. Look for changes on that front this week.

Many of you have come to appreciate our

Red Hot index, a measure of 20 highly active stocks in the wilder regions of the market. We took your votes last week, and this week we'll expand the index to 30 names; we're also currently contemplating a name change. If you've got suggestions, please don't hesitate to email Ellen Leventry at

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As part of our New Year thinking, we're taking a closer look at the email bulletins many of you receive. We'd like to gussy these up a bit, and if you've got any ideas on how we can make them better, please send Gail Griffin an email at As ever, we value your suggestions on how we can improve the site.

Finally, don't forget that this is a new year. It's a chance to start anew, erase bad decisions and focus on new ideas. It's a tabula rasa, a time to start afresh with the optimism that the new calendar brings. So get ready not just for an exciting week, but the start of an exciting year on


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Dave Kansas


Dave Kansas is editor-in-chief of In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks, though he owns stock in He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. He welcomes your feedback at