FOUNDED IN 1928
Andrew Jones Kilpatrick (Uncle Jonnie) and Warren Bothwell formed Bothwell & Kilpatrick in 1928 to offer stocks and bonds as investments to the people of Augusta. The firm was renamed A.J. Kilpatrick Jr. in 1949 when Warren Bothwell passed away. On May 1st,1962, Uncle Jonnie’s nephew, Richard Cree Kilpatrick, joined the brokerage business and A.J. Kilpatrick & Company was formed. Jonnie passed away in 1978, but the firm continued as a mainstay in downtown Augusta. In 1994, A.J. Kilpatrick & Co. joined A.G. Edwards, which was bought by Wells Fargo in 2007. In 2005, Thomas Duncan Kilpatrick joined his father, Richard, at A.G. Edwards as the third generation Kilpatrick in the financial services industry, and because of his commitment to providing objective financial advice, realigned with LPL Financial in 2009. Today, A.J.Kilpatrick is focused on serving Augusta’s people with the integrity and dedication of their founders, and the future vision of their thriving community.
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As the Federal Reserve (Fed) continues with its Quantitative Tightening (QT) program, questions abound regarding the Treasury Department’s expanding funding needs. The QT program is designed to reduce the Fed’s balance sheet — now $7.7 billion down from $9 billion — after Treasury notes (mostly) were bought after economic concerns intensified during the COVID-19-related pandemic. Households and, perhaps surprisingly, foreign investors have been buyers recently, and with the amount of Treasury supply coming to market, both will need to keep buying.
When we wrote the annual outlook last November, the data was mixed. Some metrics hinted at emerging cracks in the economy while others suggested the growth trajectory in capital markets and the economy had legs. So, the variety of the data produced the narrative that business activity in the New Year would grow on an annual basis but experience some bumps in the first half of the year. Now, enter the revisions.
Yale Hirsch, creator of the “Stock Trader’s Almanac”, first discovered this seasonal pattern back in 1972, which he called the January Barometer and coined its popular tagline of ‘As goes January, so goes this year.’ Here, we assess the likelihood that this popular stock market adage delivers more gains for investors this year. The weight of the evidence leans toward yes, as we explain.
On traditional valuation measures, valuations do appear high and it does seem reasonable to expect more moderate stock market returns going forward. Here we walk through several different stock valuation approaches to get a more complete picture and even make the case that they aren’t as pricey as they look.
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