Smart Moves in Today's Market

Risks remain. But thanks to strong earnings and low interest rates, stocks should finish the year in the black.

Editor's note: This story has been updated since its original publication.

The economy is perking up. Consumers are opening their wallets. Durable-goods orders are increasing, a sign that businesspeople are becoming more confident about the future. After dramatically reducing their capital spending, companies are once again investing in software, technology and equipment. Exports are rising. Even housing prices may have stabilized.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Andrew Tanzer is an editorial consultant and investment writer. After working as a journalist for 25 years at magazines that included Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, he served as a senior research analyst and investment writer at a leading New York-based financial advisor. Andrew currently writes for several large hedge and mutual funds, private wealth advisors, and a major bank. He earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, an MS in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and holds both CFA and CFP® designations.