The dog days of summer are drawing to a close, and despite some of the rocky market conditions in recent weeks, there is a lot to be optimistic about. Volume is picking up, second-quarter earnings were very strong across Wall Street, midterm elections hold the promise of change and eurozone troubles appear to at last be behind us. So where do investors go from here? Well, that depends on your strategy. For those looking to hunker down and stay on the defensive, there are a number of great high-yield dividend stocks and bedrock investments out there. For the aggressive traders looking to get a piece of the coming surge, there are biotech stocks and emerging market picks that are just at the beginning of their growth curve. Whatever your investment strategy, here are seven top stock picks from our InvestorPlace experts.