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Can the market get any crazier? Sometimes one wonders. After a brief respite, it was wildly volatile again last week. Tech stocks got slammed and the


swooned. What does the future hold? More trouble, or a return to the bull market path? As ever, we'll focus our coverage on finding the answer to that all-important question.

With the quarter-end comes the highly anticipated earnings season. While

Alan Greenspan

and his fellow


heads will try to grab the spotlight, market attention will most certainly start to focus on corporate profits. By most accounts, the numbers should look strong. But in the current environment, forward-looking thoughts will be more important than ever. Our staff of reporters and columnists will be keeping a keen eye on the earnings picture as the season comes into focus.

Sometimes I wonder if this crazy market action stems from the impending tax day. Many investors are grappling with unfamiliar tax issues, and that may have some pulling money out in anticipation of paying off Uncle Sam. In order to help you better understand complex tax situations,

Tracy Byrnes

, our resident tax expert, and

Martin Nissenbaum


Ernst & Young

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will host a chat on Tuesday, April 4 at 5 p.m. ET. The chat is free, but you need to register at

Many of you expressed interest in our

Online Broker Survey. If you haven't yet checked it out, I encourage you to do so. It's a comprehensive analysis of your votes -- the biggest ever survey of online investors. While other surveys pontificate from on high, our survey reflects the views held by investors like you. We'll continue to monitor the online brokers, and if you have input please feel free to send it in to us at

From the market to your broker, we're focused on making sure you get the information you require to be a better investor. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to email me at I'll always respond, and I'll do my best to make sure your issues get addressed.

In the meantime, get ready for another exciting week of investing with!

L'Etoile du Nord

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