Best time to be an investor? Yes. Best time to invest? Meh

That increasing ease, plus the strengthening job market, are helping coax more Americans into the stock market. Slightly more than half of U.S. families own stocks in some way, the highest rate since 2007, when the Great Recession was beginning. And stocks, with their long history of providing better long-term returns than bonds and other investments, are one of the most powerful tools to help people’s savings grow.