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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King Dollar Still Rules | Weekly Market Commentary | May 8, 2023
Much has been written lately about the threats facing the reserve currency status enjoyed by the U.S. dollar. “De-dollarization” headlines appear on a near-daily basis, suggesting the dollar’s reign is in looming jeopardy, while counter arguments point out there isn’t another currency with the depth, transparency, and reliability associated with the dollar. Still, critics accuse the U.S. of having “weaponized” the dollar, that is, punishing other countries with sanctions and freezing assets. These accusations have been particularly prevalent as the Ukraine/Russia conflict continues, with Russia and its long-standing allies asserting that the U.S. has illegally frozen billions of dollars of Russian financial assets.
Sell in May? | Weekly Market Commentary | May 1, 2023
“Sell in May and go away” is probably the most widely cited stock market cliché in history. Every year a barrage of Wall Street commentaries and stories in the financial press floods in about this popular, but overused, stock market adage. Here we take our annual look at this historical seasonal pattern which, as you will see below, has started to lose some of its street cred recently.
Draining the Lifeblood of the Economy | Weekly Market Commentary | April 24, 2023
Investors use various analogies to describe the importance of small businesses in the domestic economy. Some refer to the small business sector as the backbone or the lifeblood of the economy. At this current stage of the cycle, we could say there are rising risks of an acute backache or a draining of that lifeblood. In this edition of the Weekly Market Commentary, we discuss the weakness in small businesses and what that foreshadows in the markets and the economy.
A Closer Look at Commercial Real Estate | Weekly Market Commentary | April 17, 2023
The commercial real estate (CRE) market has recently captured the spotlight after being flagged as the next potential shoe to drop following last month’s banking turmoil. While rising rates have weighed on financing costs and the recent bank failures will make lending more restrictive, the postpandemic world has produced structural changes that will likely weigh on the sector, especially within the retail and office segments. Banks, especially smaller cap regionals, are most exposed to CRE if credit cracks continue to widen.
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