I’ve seen several articles recently that are encouraging consumers to invest in stocks and homes NOW rather than waiting for an economic revival. One of the better ones is in Time magazine by Dan Kadlec. It’s called "Ignore the Headlines".
The "smart" money is on buying low and selling high. What most people do is just the opposite. They wait until the market turns around and then they buy (high). When the market takes another downturn they sell again (low). Don’t fall into this trap!