Talk about a wild week! One moment you're wondering what hit you, the next you can't believe the market is taking off again. The way stocks gyrate these days is giving volatility an entirely new flavor -- not to mention volume, shock and surprise.

Sometimes it's hard to make heads or tails of what's happening. Certainly few want to wait for the next day's dead-tree version of events, which is why here at


we're always working to bring you the analysis as things happen. Our markets team -- including newcomer

Brett Fromson

, formerly of

The Washington Post

-- is constantly digging for the latest meaning behind each twist and turn. You need to know right now why the market is spinning south or suddenly jumping higher. Sometimes the clues are in the options pits or in other more obscure regions of the market. Our team is fanned out, sifting through each piece of information, from economic news to earnings news, to make sure you have the firmest possible handle on what exactly is going on in this topsy-turvy market.

Often in tumultuous times, it's best to hear from experts deeply mired in what's happening. That's why this Tuesday's



chat with daily columnist

James J. Cramer

will be most important for curious investors. He's battling against the same whipsawing forces you're facing, and he'll take your questions at 5 p.m. ET at It's free, but you do need to register.

Perhaps the only thing more frightening than this mercurial stock market is the looming tax day. We know that many of you are still cobbling together those returns, and we'll be there to provide some guidance. On Wednesday, join tax ace

Martin Nissenbaum

and our own in-house tax pro

Tracy Byrnes

as they take last-minute tax questions. Check out our Tax Forum

message board beginning at 4 p.m. -- we'll be going for two hours strong, since we know many of you have queries.

Finally, we want to take a moment to thank you for your devotion to

. We've received many notes of thanks and encouragement as we've hustled to cover the recent wild swings in the market. We appreciate the thanks, and you should know that those notes only drive us to work harder for you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send me a note at I'll see that your issues get addressed. Meantime, buckle in for another exciting week at!

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