About the Author

Clement K. Miller, CFA

Administrative Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager

As senior portfolio manager of the Wilmington International Fund, Clem develops and maintains close working relationships with a network of investment managers located in Europe, Japan, and Asia ex-Japan. He is a voting member of the firm’s investment committee and a non-voting member of its portfolio management committee. He is a frequent contributor to the firm’s Wilmington Wire publications.

Prior to joining investment management, Clement was a senior relationship manager with M&T Bank’s international trade division. He led a team of four relationship managers who financed transactions supporting foreign buyers’ purchases of U.S. exports, often from firms in M&T Bank’s business regions. He received the President’s Council Award for his sales accomplishments. Before joining M&T, Clem served in a variety of positions with the Export-Import Bank of the United States. As a relationship manager, he shepherded U.S. firms’ export finance transactions through the bank’s credit approval process. He served on the bank’s credit committee, which approved all loans under $10 million and managed the bank’s workouts division, working within creditor groups to renegotiate the debts of foreign and U.S. borrowers. He participated as the bank’s representative on a U.S. government delegation to inter-governmental trade financing negotiations organized by the OECD in Paris. Clem also served as a country risk economist, advising the bank’s board on country eligibility and sovereign loan pricing decisions and participating in inter-agency working groups. Earlier in his career, he served as an international economist with business consulting firm WEFA, providing economic advice to a range of business clients.

Clem holds an MBA in finance and international business from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a CFA® charterholder and served five terms on the board of the 600-member Baltimore CFA Society, including two as its elected president. Currently, he is serving as the M&T appointed board member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.


By the Author

EU Paints its Capital Markets Green

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
Environmental technology concept. Sustainable development goals. SDGs.

July 22, 2021—For decades, the European Union (EU) has led the world in pursuing sustainable finance policies, particularly in carbon reduction. Within Europe, sustainability objectives enjoy broad support across the left, right, and center.  Last year, the European Commission ratcheted up these efforts by incorporating its “European Green Deal” into its massive multi-year budget program, alongside efforts to boost European competitiveness in the digital space.

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Global Equities: What is Driving Regional Returns Dispersion?

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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June 23, 2021—Over the last three months, global equity share prices have risen, validating our pro-cyclical equity positioning. It is worth noting that within global equities, we have seen a massive dispersion of return performance across regions/countries (see the chart below comparing trailing three-month return performance for various regional exchange traded funds (ETFs) and their larger component stocks).

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India’s COVID-19 Surge—Dimensioning the Impact on EM Equity Returns

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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May 10, 2021—We have all seen the horrifying images coming out of India. The recent wave of COVID-19 illnesses, deaths, and lockdowns are having a severe negative impact on the operations of Indian business, including those listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. The human toll of the India outbreak has been devastating and heartbreaking. Moreover, the situation may worsen before it stabilizes, especially if vaccinations do not further accelerate.

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Emerging Markets Strength Amid China Anti-Trust Concerns

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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March 26, 2021—We are currently overweight emerging markets equities—including Chinese equities. Four pillars support our position. First is our view that the vaccines have prompted a cyclical rally that is, in general, constructive for global equities. Second, we believe emerging markets will see faster economic growth than developed markets. Third, the Asia ex-Japan region, including China, has so far successfully managed the COVID-19 crisis, in our opinion.

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Emerging Markets Dollar Bonds—When to Invest?

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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March 1, 2021—Some of our advisors and clients have asked whether the Investment Committee (IC) might make a tactical allocation to emerging markets U.S. dollar (EM USD) bonds. No doubt these questions are motivated by the fact that EM USD bonds offer higher yields than U.S. investment-grade bonds and involve return streams that are only partly correlated to those of other asset classes.

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