Markets & Fiscal Drama

What’s going on with markets? Why does the federal government keep getting into fiscal fights? A lot is going on, so let’s discuss. Why did markets melt down? A combination of things. Some negative news about home sales and consumer confidence created fresh concerns about the state of the economy.1

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How Should You Choose a Financial Planner?

Finding a financial professional, or even evaluating the one you currently use, is a hard task. There seem to be so many in the marketplace working for different companies. We will discuss our 5 reasons as to why an advisor at Paragon is different and could be the right fit

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How High Will Rates Go?

How high do you think the Federal Reserve will have to push interest rates to fully tame inflation? Some good news first: inflation is much, much lower than it was last summer. From its 2022 peak, headline inflation has plummeted to 3.2% in July after rising slightly over June’s reading.1

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Ignoring the Right Things

Quick question: What do you usually find yourself reading? News summaries, headlines, and quick bits to keep yourself updated? Or longer reads like books and articles? We’re ever more inundated with information that’s eager to capture our attention. We click because we want to stay up to speed and avoid

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Things Are Looking Up

A word about recessions. Are we still going to see one this year? Let’s discuss. Why did so many people think a recession was coming? Inflation and interest rates, primarily. Historically high inflation has cast a pall over the economy since early 2021.1 In response, the Federal Reserve has raised

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State of the Economy

Big question: how’s the economy doing? With the year more than half over and markets on a spree, it’s an important question to consider. Let’s dig into the latest data and find out. Inflation continues its downward spiral. The latest data for June shows that inflation fell for the 12th

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New Bull Market

A new deal finally put the debt ceiling issue to rest (for now, anyway), and stocks are rallying. Are we on the brink of a new bull market? We might be. The S&P 500 has soared in 2023 and is up nearly 20% from its October 2022 low.1 That’s pretty

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Floating Above the Turmoil

Imagine there are 100 miles between you and a goal. A place you want to get to. But the land in between is chock full of canyons, crevasses, and crumbling cliffs. You have two choices of how you could get there. You could find a way on foot, sliding into

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