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Quarterly market insights from Craig Novorr and Paragon Capital Management, LLC

The market is dynamic and always changing. Craig’s musings on the market include his forecasts and how Paragon is making changes based on the economic environment, leveraging his over two decades of experience as an institutional investment manager.

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July 2024

Navigating 2024's Market Landscape: Mid-Year Review and Outlook

A Comprehensive Analysis of the First Half and What Investors Can Expect for the Remainder of the Year

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April 2024

Stock market all-time highs

Explore Q1's major market trends, delve into AI's influence on stock performance, and uncover potential energy crisis looming ahead. Get up-to-speed to navigate your investment journey.

FOMO (Fear of missing out)
January 2024

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Dive into a thrilling recap of 2023, navigating through the success of 'Magnificent 7', FOMO, and more. Explore challenges, triumphs, and our investment strategies for 2024.

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October 2023

Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary

Highlights from 25 years of dedicated service at Paragon Capital Management. Celebrate with us as we look back at the events that shaped us and the finance industry.

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June 2023

Climbing the Wall of Worry

It’s summertime, what better analogy to use than roller coasters and theme parks. Why a roller coaster? A roller coaster goes up, goes down, gets a little bumpy and has lots of twists and turns. Sound familiar, sounds like the stock market.

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April 2023

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The biggest theme in 2022 was the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. We have now seen nine interest rate hikes. The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates to combat inflation by slowing down the economy. While most people thought the biggest risk of this policy would be the potential for a recession, we found out that there was another consequence to the drastic increase in interest rates.

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January 2023

2022 Year End Review

2022 was a year many investors would like to forget. A lot of things happened in 2022 and we would like to reflect on the year that we just completed.

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October 2022

Tough 2022 for Investors

Paragon would like to begin with a message to all clients, friends and family in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian. Please know we are thinking of you and are here to help however we can. The safety and well-being of all of you is far more important than our thoughts on the markets!

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June 2022

The Bear is out of Hibernation

The first half of 2022 has been historic for investors in many ways. In the newsletter this quarter, we will break down the first half of the year and help to understand how that affects different asset classes.

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April 2022

Interest Rates Rising

The April newsletter is quickly becoming the most interesting newsletter each year to write. In April 2020 we had just begun a worldwide lockdown due to COVID and there were so many uncertainties. Many around the world were fearful of the economic impact of the pandemic, not to mention the toll on human lives.

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January 2022

Why Yields Matter

We wrote multiple times throughout 2021 about the issues the markets have been facing, ranging from new variants of COVID to supply chain and labor issues. In past newsletters we have detailed these and many more issues and encourage you to go to our website,, and reread our thoughts on all the issues that continue to concern the markets in 2022.

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October 2021

Market Themes

All nine of the major themes outlined in our mid-year review remain major factors for the markets going forward. Some new themes have popped up over the last quarter we will discuss in this newsletter.

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June 2021

Midyear Update

Now we are at the midpoint of the year, and the S&P 500 increased over 8% over the last three months to be up over 15% for the year. Legislation is bogged down in Washington as both parties fight over terms of bills. President Biden originally proposed an infrastructure bill with a price tag exceeding $2.25 trillion dollars. It was quickly negotiated down to about $1.2 trillion dollars. Even at the lower amount there is not enough support to get it passed and negotiations will continue for many more months. Tax hikes seem to have died down as well as there are not currently enough votes to get anything passed.

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April 2021

Thank You!

In this quarter’s newsletter we want to demonstrate how we take what is happening in the world and adjust how we manage money. The world, the economy, the markets are all constantly changing - shouldn’t your portfolio as well?

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January 2021

A bull market

In our last newsletter we reviewed the year as of September 30th. The re-openings in May, the tragic weather around the country, hurricanes, tropical storms, wild-fires and now we add massive snowstorms on the east coast. Dozens of retailers and restaurants have filed bankruptcy and shuttered their doors forever. We concluded our last newsletter looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election and hoping for the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine shortly.

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October 2020

Looking Forward

As the third quarter progressed, Mother Nature grabbed the headlines. Hurricanes, tropical storms, and wildfires in California caused catastrophic damage to already economically depressed states. By July, cases of Covid-19 began to spike in Arizona, Florida, and Texas. GDP for the 2nd quarter was announced -32.9%, the worst ever. By August we had surpassed 5 million cases inthe US.

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June 2020

Main St. vs Wall St.

2020 has become a year we will never forget. So much has happened during the last three months and so many things have changed quickly. In this quarters newsletter we will look back at what has occurred, put some perspective on it and give our thoughts on the second half of this crazy year.

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April 2020


We titled our last newsletter in January “Year of Changes”. The changes in 2019 to the industry were a drop in the bucket compared with what we have all experienced through the first three months of 2020. To say we are in totally unchartered waters would be a tremendous understatement. Paragon has tried to keep our newsletters concise, fun and informative. While this quarter our newsletter will be longer, we encourage you to read through it as we will try to break down what has happened and where we think we are headed.

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April 2019

Spring has Sprung!

After a long, cold, and icy winter it seems as if Spring has finally arrived in Kansas City. The temperature is rising, the sun is shining, and the pollen is in the air. Just as the seasons change, so does a business. So, as you are enjoying the warmer weather let us tell you about some exciting changes at Paragon Capital Management.

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