Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 25, 2009 by admin. tags:Tags: , , ,
2008 Paragon Team

The Paragon Team:  Trudy, Shannon, David, Nathan and Elizabeth

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! We hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Every November we celebrate our company anniversary. This year we celebrated our 23rd anniversary.

Paragon has grown significantly since it began in 1986. David Young started the company because he wanted to give investors a smarter way to invest their retirement funds. In the early 1980’s he opened over a dozen successful businesses. He sold his businesses in 1985 and wanted to invest the proceeds, but was unable to find an investment firm to meet his needs.

He began conducting extensive research to find the best ways to invest. After a year of trial and error, David opened Paragon for business. Its original name was The Center for Financial Excellence. It was later changed to Paragon Capital Management, and then most recently Paragon Wealth Management.

David managed his friends’ and family’s portfolios in the early years of his business. When he avoided the 1987 crash, his methods sparked a lot of attention from investors, and his company began to grow. He built and tested basic quantitative models that determined when to be in or out of the equity markets. The models measured, monitored, adjusted and changed the investments as market conditions changed.

Today, David continues to research ways to improve Paragon’s portfolios. Paragon is known for its flagship portfolio called Top Flight. It has generated a total return of 323.01% versus 30.82% for the S&P 500 from its inception on January 1, 1998 through October 31, 2009. Its compound annual return is 13.16% versus 2.33% for the S&P 500. (Visit www.paragonwealth.com to see complete track record and full disclosures.)

Paragon Wealth Management is a provider of managed portfolios for individuals and institutions.  Although the information included in this report has been obtained from sources Paragon believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy.  All opinions and estimates included in this report constitute the judgment as of the dates indicated and are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.  Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Stock Market Update

Posted November 20, 2009 by admin. tags:Tags: , ,

Below is a short 5 minute video. Dave Young, President of Paragon and Nathan White, Paragon's Chief Investment Officer, discuss what has been happening in the stock market.

Paragon Wealth Management
is a provider of managed portfolios for individuals and institutions. 
Although the information included in this report has been obtained from
sources Paragon believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its
accuracy.  All opinions and estimates included in this report
constitute the judgment as of the dates indicated and are subject to
change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes only
and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the
purchase or sale of any security.  Past performance is not a guarantee
of future results.

Rolling Over Your 401k is a Big Decision

Posted November 11, 2009 by admin. tags:Tags: , , ,

If you are ready to rollover your 401(k), chances are you are retiring. You have worked your entire life so that one day you could enjoy retirement.

Like most retirees, you now want to spend time with friends and family, travel and do those things you've always been too busy to do.

Before you begin your worry-free retirement, you have to make a major decision. This is probably the most important post-retirement decision you will make. More than any other decision, this decision directly effects your quality of life going forward.

Below is a short two minute video about rolling over your 401k. Complete the form to the right to download the report that was mentioned in the video.

Paragon Wealth Management is a provider of managed portfolios for individuals and institutions.  Although the information included in this report has been obtained from sources Paragon believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy.  All opinions and estimates included in this report constitute the judgment as of the dates indicated and are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.  Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

The Case for Optimism

Posted November 5, 2009 by admin. tags:Tags: , , ,
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Written by Dave Young, President of Paragon Wealth Management

In August, BusinessWeek ran a cover story called “The case for optimism.”

The premise was simple:

Beyond the issues facing the global economy, there are many underlying positives that give cause for optimism looking forward.

Powerful forces under the surface will drive economic growth, and that growth will drive stock prices. Examples include the positive impact of technology, the recovering U.S. housing market, the revitalization of economies and the incredible energy from the developing world’s educated youth and emerging middle class. 

Leading indicators show that the recession likely ended in June. 

Our indicators also showed that the end of June was the turning point, and have only strengthened since. We believe this recovery is real. Contrary to what the pessimists say, it appears to be very sustainable.

The FED is in easing mode. Usually they keep interest rates low until 20-30 months after the end of a recession. The low interest rates should power the economic turnaround. We don’t expect rates to move up until unemployment starts declining, and that is at least 18 months out. We are not concerned about inflation at the moment, but it is one of the factors we will be watching.

The markets are back into a positive, upward trend. 

All 42 of the global markets we track are above their 40-week moving average, which is very bullish. That’s what markets do. They go down, and then they go back up. Then they repeat the cycle. It’s pretty basic, but it’s the way it’s always been.

We will continue to run our models and adjust our portfolios accordingly. The biggest wild card is to what extent politicians jump in and slow down or disrupt the cycle. Their actions won’t kill the recovery, but the debt they are piling on will likely slow it down.

In 1907, U.S. financier J. Pierpoint Morgan single-handedly averted a banking panic among U.S. investors. Later in life, someone asked him his best guess as to the direction of markets.

His answer: “They will go up, and they will go down.”

One hundred years later, that’s still the best answer for a short-term market forecast. No one can predict market movements in the immediate period ahead.

At Paragon, we will continue to follow our models and adjust our portfolios to whatever the market throws at us. No one likes volatility, but for most of us it’s the necessary price to arrive at our ultimate destination.

Paragon Wealth Management is a provider of managed portfolios for individuals and institutions.  Although the information included in this report has been obtained from sources Paragon believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy.  All opinions and estimates included in this report constitute the judgment as of the dates indicated and are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.  Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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