International Stocks: The Rewards of Quality Earnings Growth

Clement K. Miller |
Wilmington Wire
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June 28, 2019—If you’ve been invested in international developed country stocks over the last ten years, you would have done much better investing in the international consumer staples, health care, and information technology sectors, rather than in financials or energy  (see Figure 1). Why has this been the case?

Figure : International developed stocks (MSCI EAFE) by sector

10-year annualized returns


Data as of May 31, 2019

The MSCI EAFE Index returned 6.


Should you “friend” Libra? Getting to Know the Newest Cryptocurrency on the Block

Rhea Thomas |
Wilmington Wire
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June 27, 2019—Facebook’s June 18 announcement about the launch of Libra, a proposed new cryptocurrency, has sparked a renewed interest in the digital currency world. Libra is intended to be a new form of digital money that can be used to make purchases or transfer funds, domestically and globally, at a very low cost, using just a mobile phone.


The Federal Reserve Hints at Rate Cuts to Come

Luke Tilley |
Wilmington Wire

June 20, 2019 – The Federal Reserve left rates unchanged at its meeting this week, but as we expected it would, it hinted that rate cuts may be coming soon. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept an optimistic stance, saying it still expects economic growth to continue, the labor market to remain strong, and for inflation to remain subdued, but that the “uncertainties around this outlook have increased.