The stock market continues to defy easy explanation, swinging madly from good to bad mood on a daily basis. Inflation fears are rising, economic growth scorches ahead and the


moves ever closer to center stage. Prepping for the week in times like this make columns like

The Coming Week, written this week by

David Gaffen

, especially important. Gaffen puts the previous week in perspective and outlines the important events to come. In addition, he brings the Fed picture -- will they raise rates 50 basis points? -- into sharp focus. I encourage you all to read it before the week gets under way.

This past weekend we've had coverage on a couple of issues important to investors. Our weekend chat features

Charlene Barshefsky, the U.S. Trade Representative. With U.S. markets topsy-turvy, more investors are looking at overseas markets. Barshefsky talks about trade issues, especially China's proposed admission to the

World Trade Organization

. It's a good insight into why global trade matters for U.S. investors.

Far from China,

Christopher Edmonds

tracked the Oracle of Omaha,

Warren Buffett

, through his annual meeting rituals. Chris has become an expert on Buffett in the past few years, and his coverage of the value-investing lion is must-read stuff, especially for those seeking Buffett's wisdom on the stock market. On Tuesday, Chris will follow up his coverage from Omaha with a chat. Joining him will be long-time Buffett watcher

Robert Hagstrom

. The chat, at 5 p.m. EDT, is free, but you have to register at

Robert Shiller

is perhaps one of the wisest bears out there.



Roland Jones

hosts Shiller, a Yale economist, in a chat on

on Monday at 3 p.m. ET. Shiller, recent author of

Irrational Exuberance

, believes investors should be looking beyond stocks when considering how to diversify their investments away from a stock market that he believes is overvalued and inevitably headed toward a downturn.

Finally, for those who may have missed it, I urge you to take a look at our

recent series on mutual funds holding information. Those who invest through mutual funds are usually unable to find out what their funds hold in a timely manner. In the series, we explore why the funds world is so secretive -- and why it should change.

If you've got any suggestions, concerns or questions, feel free to email me at or contact our customer support staff at We'll make sure your issues get dealt with promptly.

L'Etoile du Nord

Dave Kansas


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