Former Principal and Chief Economist, KPMG LLP
Former Principal and Chief Economist
Constance Hunter is the Former Chief Economist for KPMG responsible for macroeconomic analysis and forecasting at the firm. She regularly appears on broadcast media such as Bloomberg TV, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, and Fox Business, and is frequently quoted in marquee print media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Known for correctly identifying economic turning points, in January 2019 Constance was cited in the Wall Street Journal as one of first economists to officially forecast the Fed rate cuts that year. She was also one of the first economists to begin forecasting the extensive economic impacts of COVID-19 on the U.S. and Chinese economies in early February 2020. Previously, Constance called the Russian currency devaluation in 1998, the Dotcom bubble’s burst in 2001, the real estate and credit crisis in 2007-2008, the recovery of the housing market and persistent low bond yields in 2012 and beyond.
Prior to joining KPMG in 2013, Constance held high-level positions in the asset management industry for nearly two decades. She served in the capacity of Chief Investment Officer or Chief Economist for over a decade before joining KPMG. Most recently she served as Deputy Chief Investment Officer at AXA Investment Managers, where she helped to manage over $500 billion in fixed income assets.
Constance is the Past President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), has been honored as a NABE Fellow, and she currently serves as a NABE board member where she is a champion of diversity and inclusion. Constance has an extensive cadre of high-level, international economists, policymakers, business and trade experts with whom she regularly consults with and advises. She is passionate about her community and serves on the board of GallopNYC, a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of disabled New Yorkers by offering therapeutic horsemanship programs.
Constance holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from New York University, and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She also holds the Certified Business Economist designation.