About the Author

Rhea Thomas

Senior Economist

Rhea is a Senior Economist at Wilmington Trust, responsible for monitoring and analyzing economic developments in domestic and international economies.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Rhea served as Vice President in Foreign Exchange Sales at Lehman Brothers, where she provided primary sales coverage to institutional clients. Earlier in her career, she focused on foreign exchange research, where she helped to build models and write publications to explain currency market movements and trade ideas.

Rhea holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies with Distinction from Yale University.


By the Author

Bitcoin’s Wild Ride: Not Likely to be Over Yet

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
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May 26, 2021Bitcoin’s steep ascent since the pandemic has been set back in recent weeks, with challenges coming from increased regulation in China and the U.S., and rising concerns about its environmental impact. Some of the regulatory scrutiny may also be paving the path for increased competition from central bank digital currencies, with China being one of the furthest along, and the U.S. announcing last week that it plans a formal exploration.

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Business Capex Cycle Turning Up to Support Next Leg of Economic Recovery

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
Businessman pointing arrow graph corporate future growth plan. Business development to success and growing growth year 2020 to 2021 concept

May 17, 2021A tech-led business capital expenditure (capex) recovery is underway, jump started in part by the pandemic, as firms accelerated their investments technology and equipment to quickly pivot to remote working, online shopping, streaming content, telemedicine, and other ways of adapting to survive in the new COVID environment.

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Disappointing Jobs Report Does Not Change the Outlook

Rhea Thomas and Luke Tilley |
Wilmington Wire

Rhea Thomas, Senior Economist, Wilmington Trust Investment AdvisorsMay 7, 2021—Markets were abuzz at 8:29 Friday morning ahead of the jobs report with official consensus forecasts of 1 million new jobs added in the month of April and “whisper expectations” (whatever those are) of 1.5 million. At 8:30 those expectations were thoroughly dashed upon the announcement of just 266,000 new jobs added and downward revisions to previous months.

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Supply Chain Disruptions: Adding to Upside Inflation Risks

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
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April 9, 2021Recent supply chain disruptions are likely to add to near-term inflation pressures by constraining the supply of goods and services in the economy, just as demand is set to bounce back.Longer-term inflation will remain dependent on the interaction of consumer and market inflation expectations, and the Fed’s new approach to monetary policy.

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