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Investing In REITs

April 5, 2012 Comments (0)

Forget the new breed of nontraded REITs, says Green Street Advisors Inc. Investors are far more likely to be better off with publicly traded REITs, the research firm said in a report released Wednesday. Regulatory scrutiny has forced sponsors of nontraded REITs to address issues surrounding valuations, illiquidity, high fees, dividend payouts and conflicts, the report said. One crucial change: the introduction of daily net-asset-value estimates by several sponsors, as better pricing...

How Can Conservative Investors Survive in this Low Interest Environment?

March 29, 2012 Comments (0)

Paragon Wealth Management advised conservative investors to think twice when investing in CDs or money market funds. “Investors who save money in CDs and money market funds don’t have a lot of options right now,” said Dave Young, president and founder of Paragon Wealth Management. “With inflation rates at 3 to 4 percent and interest rates between 0.5 and 1.9 percent, savers are actually losing money in their "conservative" accounts.” Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said they’ll...

Debt Limit - A Guide To American Federal Debt Made Easy

March 22, 2012 Comments (0)

Our national debt is a very serious matter but because it is such a large number it takes it out of the realm of reality and makes it difficult to understand. This short video helps put it into perspective.

The First Break?

March 15, 2012 Comments (0)

Is this the first move in the long awaited end to the bond bull market or just a short-term blip? Treasury yields shot up yesterday after comments by the Federal Reserve seemed to indicate that since the economy is picking up there would not be a need for another round of bond purchases. Interest rates have been pushed to historic lows due to slow economic growth, central bank purchases, flight to safety moves (i.e., European credit fears), and general investor aversion to equities. Due to...

Paragon’s Top Flight Portfolio Increased 410.7% Over 14 Years

March 9, 2012 Comments (0)

Paragon Wealth Management’s growth portfolio, Top Flight, increased 410.7 percent from January 1998 through February 2012. “We are happy to see these numbers over a 14-year time span in our growth portfolio,” said Dave Young, president and founder of Paragon Wealth Management. Young designed Top Flight in January 1998 to be a dynamic, overall solution for the growth portion of a portfolio. It is specifically for the growth-oriented investor.

Gold Falls 5% In A Day!

March 1, 2012 Comments (0)

The price of gold fell over $90 today to close just below $1700/ounce. That would be the same as the Dow falling 650 points! Moves like this highlight my view of the risk inherent in owning gold at these prices. The fall was due to comments by Fed Chairman Bernanke before Congress today where he indicated that QE3 will probably not be needed. Initially many thought that the downward move was just a kneejerk reaction but then it continued down. What I find interesting is that many gold...

How to Invest with Interest Rates so Low

February 23, 2012 Comments (0)

Written by Dave Young, President of Paragon Wealth Management Usually it's stock market investors that feel stressed. Now, conservative investors are feeling the pinch too. Life used to be simple. You took your retirement savings and put it into a savings account, annuity or bank CD. You didn't earn much, but you did get 4% or 5% and that was enough to make your retirement plan work. Now things are not so easy. Interest rates are the lowest ever. Conservative savings options are paying...

2011 Stock Market Recap

February 16, 2012 Comments (0)

After all was said and done 2011 was indicative of a bifurcated world of governments behaving badly while the private sector continued to grow. The deflationary effects of winding down the credit bubble continue to be pitted against the inflationary moves of central banks. Despite calls for a recession the U.S. economy continued to grow and add jobs at a mediocre pace. The recovery continues but it is the slowest recovery post World War II. We had a difficult year trying to balance...

Volatility Unleashed (Continued)

February 9, 2012 Comments (0)

Going Forward Europe is still a major issue. It seems that the markets have mellowed somewhat though. Recently, European news that would have sent the market down 1000 points only sent the market down 150 points instead. The Europeans have made a lot of progress, but there are still a lot of unknowns. Until those unknowns begin to get resolved, it will be difficult for stocks to progress. If you get past the European overhang, there really are a lot of positive factors for stocks. Price...

February 2012 Stock Market Update

February 2, 2012 Comments (0)

Paragon Wealth Management's investment advisers gave their thoughts on what happened in the stock market in January and what they think will happen going forward.