Kenneth Kim is a Senior Economist at KPMG LLP where he brings his insight and knowledge to help clients and KPMG leadership assess the constantly evolving economic environment. Ken has more than 20 years of experience conducting macroeconomic research and communicating his findings. Prior to joining KPMG, Ken was an economist with Merrill Lynch and later became a founding member of Stone & McCarthy Research Associates, the first independent economic research service on the Bloomberg terminal. Ken also worked as a U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets and senior economist at Huawei Technologies USA, where he focused on global growth, interest rates, foreign exchange and formulating risk scenarios.
In his current role Ken speaks regularly with CEOs, CFOs, corporate board directors, business leaders from numerous industry sectors. His areas of expertise are U.S. and global macroeconomics, banking and capital markets, insurance, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), private equity, consumer and retail. He publishes monthly reports on retail sales, durable goods orders and industrial production data and is frequently interviewed and quoted by the news media. Ken is actively involved with KPMG’s Board Leadership Center and CFO Peer Exchanges.
Ken is known for his rigorous and careful economic and data analysis. In June 2014, Ken discovered a market-roiling error in the widely followed ISM manufacturing survey. As a result, Ken was featured in Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications, as this was the first such error found in the 80-year history of the survey. Ken also foresaw the approaching housing crisis in 2007 and has been instrumental to KPMG’s correct analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and key industries.
Ken holds a BS in Economics and a Minor in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany. In 2022, Ken earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® certification. Ken also holds the designation of Certified Business Economist from the National Association for Business Economics.