Written by Dave Young, President & Founder of Paragon Wealth Management

I recently returned from a trip to the Dominican
Republic.   The trip was for a group of
30 entrepreneurs and their wives who were graduates of BYU.

The trip was great.
It was a chance to get out of the cold.
It was good to network with an upbeat, successful group of people.  The days were nice, sitting on the beach,
listening to the waves and enjoying the sun.

In retrospect, it reminds me of the stock market the past
few months.  There has been very mild back
and forth movement within a general uptrend.
All in all, it has been a good time to be invested.

About midweek, I was involved in a beach volleyball
game.  Everything was going great until
this guy from Russia wearing a Speedo decided to go for the ball in the zone I
was covering.   He hit me full force with
his shoulder going into my left lower ribcage.
Both of us ended up out of bounds on the ground – with me getting the
worst of it – with two broken ribs.

That sudden change of events kind of put a damper on the
trip.  Much like market sell-offs put a
damper on nice market up-trends. 

The moral of the story is to never be complacent.  When investing -especially when times are
good- we are always looking over our shoulder and preparing for the next bad
thing that might happen.  They say the
best traders are somewhat paranoid.  When
investing, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.  When in the Dominican Republic – watch out
for that Russian in a Speedo…

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