Memorial Day comes just at the right time for this market. We all needed the long weekend to grill some burgers and stare at sunny skies more than stock markets.

The past several weeks have offered a bruising education for investors who had grown accustomed to easy pickings. The game is definitely far more intense, far more challenging and far more demanding. And we recognize that. Not only are we keeping track of the markets, but we're also looking for interesting investment themes and ideas that will work in this market.

In addition, we are also looking for themes that work on the short side. In a time like this, someone like

Herb Greenberg

, who writes daily -- and throughout the day -- provides excellent insight into some of the short-side ideas that are working.

This week we welcome some new faces.

Bill Meehan


Steven Nagourney

, both of

Cantor Fitzgerald

, will begin offering views on the markets beginning on Wednesday. Bill is the chief market analyst at Cantor and Steven is the chief international investment strategist there. Their insights will appear in the Commentary section.

Now a word about our pending relaunch. As we announced earlier this year, we are transforming

into a free hub with a network of other sites, including's

, an upgraded version of our current subscription offering. We'll be increasing the subscription rate at launch, which is scheduled for later in June, to $200 a year. However, you can still lock in for the next two years for $200. Click

here for more details, or call our Customer Service department at 1-800-562-9571 to sign up for


Finally, if you've got any concerns, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact our Customer Service folks at or email me at .

Days are tough, and we're digging for you.

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