These are confusing days for investors. On one hand, the major stock market indexes—usually pretty good indicators of the economy—have hit record highs this year. On the other, we hear about how anemic this economic recovery has been. Who can blame investors for scratching their heads? Here at Wells Fargo, we’ve identified 10 issues we feel investors should know. Here they are, along with brief descriptions of their importance.

Corporate America is still strong. Although it’s true the recovery has been frustratingly slow for the most part, it appears corporate America has figured out how to generate profits in this slow growth/low inflation environment by becoming leaner and more efficient in recent years. These efforts have paid off and, as a result, corporate earnings have hit record highs this year.

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