About the Author

Luke Tilley

Senior Vice President, Chief Economist

Luke is Chief Economist and Head of Asset Allocation and Quantitative Services for Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors (WTIA), a part of the M&T Bank family. Luke is also a member of WTIA’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2015, Luke was an officer and economic advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Earlier in his career, Luke worked as a senior economist at IHS Global Insight (now IHS Markit) and as an economist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Luke holds a Ph.D. in economics from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from James Madison University. He is a former adjunct faculty member at Temple University and formerly served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Economic Association. In addition, Luke is former president of the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics, a chapter of the National Association for Business Economics.

By the Author

Fed Positions Itself to React More Quickly if Needed

Luke Tilley |
Wilmington Wire
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - part of United States central bank.

December 20, 2021 – As I’ve watched the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve get more hawkish over the past months I’m reminded of my days playing lacrosse, specifically being back on defense. When your opponent has the ball you should be in a ready position with your weight on the balls of your feet, evenly distributed, and be ready to react to your left or to your right depending on which way the attacker moves.


Episode 44:
2022 Capital Markets Forecast—An Economic Cycle Unlike Any Other

Tony Roth and Luke Tilley |
Capital Considerations with Tony Roth

December 15—The health crisis of the past two years has resulted in acute dislocations among key pockets of the economy, leading to a cycle that is unprecedented. We face inflation that’s at its highest in nearly four decades and the tightest-ever labor market. Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth and Chief Economist Luke Tilley discuss the disconnects within the economy, the anticipated trajectory for inflation, and much more. Please listen to important disclosures at the end of the podcast.


Eye on Omicron

and Meghan Shue |
Wilmington Wire
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December 1, 2021 – Fears around the newest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, have jolted investors out of a holiday lull, sending risk assets lower, bond prices higher, and whipsawing expectations for future Fed policy. We see the Omicron variant as widening the range of possible economic and market outcomes over the next three to six months.


Federal Reserve Policy and Outlook

Luke Tilley |
Wilmington Wire

Topics shared in this publication are:The Federal Reserve is using both of its major monetary policy tools, the short-term overnight interest rate (federal funds rate) and purchases of long-maturity U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, known as Quantitative Easing (QE), to support financial markets and the economy.In December 2021 the Fed accelerated the “taper” of its QE purchases and is expected to be done buying securities in March 2022.