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Market Summary

Posted April 13, 2018 by paragon. tags:Tags: , , , , , ,
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Written by David Young, President & Founder of Paragon Wealth Management The markets have been strong the past few years — and they have been exceptionally strong since Donald Trump was elected. Most of the strength was based on investor expectations. Specifically, that Trump’s free market policies and tax reform would benefit stock prices. As a result, last year the markets were up 10 to 20 percent depending on the market. Volatility was almost nonexistent. ...Read More

Back To Normal?

Posted April 11, 2018 by paragon. tags:Tags: , , , ,
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Written by Nathan White, Chief Investment Officer After a tremendous start in January (and what seemed like a continuation of 2017), the markets finally hit some long-anticipated turbulence in February and March. The stock market had been riding a nice wave. Last quarter, I suggested it was a prudent time to review allocations and risk exposure while the markets were doing well. Now that volatility has returned, let’s review current conditions and factors, as well ...Read More

Not What Anyone Expected

Posted January 20, 2018 by paragon. tags:Tags: , ,
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Written by David Young, President and Founder of Paragon Wealth Management Two-thousand and seventeen was a banner year for stocks. Not just in the U.S., but around the world. Investors with a long-term perspective were rewarded once again. It was not a good year for the market forecasters. Their primary talent is consistency — and they were consistently wrong. At the beginning of last year, most Wall Street Strategists forecasted a gain of 4% or ...Read More

Calm Seas?

Posted January 10, 2018 by paragon. tags:Tags: ,
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Written by Nathan White, Chief Investment Officer For the stock market, 2017 was a year of unprecedented smooth sailing. The S&P 500 has risen for 14 months straight, a new record. It also didn’t have a monthly decline, which has never happened before. Volatility was non-existent. The economy continues to move along with no signs of an imminent recession. Moreover, there have been no corrections in sight. The latest global manufacturing indexes (PMIs) ended with ...Read More

Stocking Up

Posted October 22, 2017 by paragon. tags:Tags: , ,
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Written by Nathan White, Chief Investment Officer How long will this upward move in stocks last? It’s a constant and valid concern, especially considering how well the markets have done for years. What will end the rally? We are currently dealing with elevated valuation and sentiment levels, historically low volatility, rising interest rates, reversal of quantitative easing, terrorism, natural disasters, political uncertainty, and more. It is impossible to know what concern will finally “stick” and ...Read More

Keep On Keeping On

Posted October 15, 2017 by paragon. tags:Tags: , ,
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Written by David Young, President and Founder of Paragon Wealth Management Last quarter was a continuation of what has gone on since last year’s election: The markets keep going up. Leadership changed and rotated to Small Caps taking the lead this quarter. Small Caps lagged in the first quarter (and again in August), but then took off in September to get back in line with the other averages. The leading indexes change from quarter to ...Read More

Quiet Summer

Posted July 18, 2017 by paragon. tags:Tags: , ,
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Written by Dave Young, President and Founder of Paragon Wealth Management In terms of market volatility, it’s been a quiet year so far — mild back-and-forth movement with a general upward bias. Unusually quiet. Stocks outperformed bonds in the second quarter. The NASDAQ Composite was the leader for U.S. markets. Emerging Markets had a strong showing. International markets surprisingly outperformed the U.S. The weakest trades were commodities, gold and the U.S dollar. The market has ...Read More

Mid-Year Review And Outlook

Posted July 12, 2017 by paragon. tags:Tags: , , , ,
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Written by Nathan White, Chief Investment Officer Volatility in the equity and bond markets has been at historic lows. The economy has been strong enough to support stocks, but not too strong to disturb bonds. While still on the expensive side, equity markets are being sustained by growing earnings. They are also still anticipating an increase in economic growth based on upcoming fiscal and policy measures. If the intended reforms keep getting delayed, it could ...Read More

Investment Choices in a Low Rate .....

Posted April 29, 2016 by paragon. tags:Tags: , , ,
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On March 29, Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech to the Economic Club of New York. Before you fall asleep, as is usually justified when it comes to mind-numbingly boring economic talk, let’s discuss how her comments will directly affect your investments. Yellen advocated for letting the economy run hot before continuing to raise interest rates. She basically admitted that the small increase administered by the Fed in December was a mistake, and that ...Read More

Current Thoughts on the Market

Posted February 16, 2016 by paragon. tags:Tags: , ,
By Nathan White, Chief Investment Officer of Paragon Wealth Management The following video agrees with our current readings on the economy and the fears regarding a recession.  While we acknowledge that there are notable risks to the economy the bulk of the economy is still growing slowly and the data does not currently support a recession call.   The global economy is adjusting to lower energy and commodity prices and the resultant effects on associated companies ...Read More

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