Principal and Chief Economist
KPMG in the U.S.
Constance Hunter is the Chief Economist at KPMG where she is responsible for economic thought leadership at the firm. She works closely with KPMG and client executives to identify the inflection points, risks, and opportunities that arise in the constantly evolving economic landscape. She also serves in a number of leadership capacities including as a member of KPMG’s Pension Advisory Committee and our Sensory Advantage Ecosystem.
Constance is an invited speaker on a wide variety of macroeconomic topics at conferences, is a regular guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business, and is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Washington Post. Constance currently serves as the President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).
Constance is also known for correctly identifying economic turning points. These include the Russian currency devaluation in 1998, the Dotcom bubble in 2001, the real estate and credit crisis in 2007-2008, the recovery of the housing market and concurrent low bond yields in 2012, and the continued low bond yields during the post-Great Recession recovery and into the expansion. In January 2019, she is on record in the WSJ for being one of the first economists to officially call the Fed rate cuts that occurred later in the year. Constance started forecasting the economic impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy in early February.
Prior to joining KPMG in 2013, Constance held high-level positions in the asset management sector for nearly two decades. She served in the capacity of Chief Investment Officer or Chief Economist for a significant portion of her career, including at AXA Investment Managers, where she helped to manage over $500 billion in fixed income assets.
Constance graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology from New York University, and holds a Master’s from Columbia University. She also holds the Certified Business Economist designation.