Most Main Street investors crave the opportunity for real talk with a Wall Street insider. Here's your chance.

On Thursday, Jan. 3,

TheStreet.com

will feature the latest Street Talk, a one-hour interactive chat with one of the brightest minds on Wall Street. Once a week, we bring in an expert to take reader questions and weigh in on the markets.

On Jan. 3, our guest is Anirvan Banerji, director of research for the Manhattan-based Economic Cycle Research Institute, the foremost institute of research into leading indicators of the economy. At the Center for International Business Cycle Research at Columbia University, he was in charge of the Business Week Leading Index, as well as the

Journal of Commerce

Industrial Materials Price Index.

Banerji serves on the Economic Advisory Panel of the New York City Office of Management and Budget, and is a member of the Organization for EconomicCooperation and Development (OECD) Expert Group on Leading Indicators. He also writes for

RealMoney.com

, our premium site.

Joining Street Talk is simple: Just click on the tile on the home page of

TheStreet.com

at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. For an hour, Banerji will answer questions on the markets and the economy. Please send all questions now to

streettalk@thestreet.com.

Moderating next Thursday's session will be

TSC

Senior Writer Aaron Task. Once you join Street Talk, be sure to click on the audio version of the interview.

Let's stay

interactive.

Dave

David Morrow is editor-in-chief of TheStreet.com. In keeping with TSC's editorial policy, he doesn't own or short individual stocks, though he owns stock in TheStreet.com. He also doesn't invest in hedge funds or other private investment partnerships. He welcomes your feedback and invites you to send it to

David Morrow.