Matthew C. Klein, Barron's

Matthew C. Klein


Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Matthew:

What to Watch For This Week in Financial News

It’s a big week for Canadian financial stocks, tech names such as Palo Alto Networks and Intuit, and economic news. → Read More

Why the July Jobs Report Could Be Ugly

Other data from the government and private-sector sources all suggest the labor market recovery has stalled. → Read More

These Industries Were Hardest Hit in the First 100 Days of the Pandemic. Where They Are Headed Next.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, and many industries suffered in the economic fallout. Here’s a look... → Read More

Buried in May’s Jobs Data: Virus’ Impact Spread Further to White-Collar Workers

The biggest job losses last month were at local governments, followed by passenger transportation, and media. → Read More

There’s Little to Fear From China’s ‘Rise.’ Why the U.S. Will Likely Prevail in the Long Run.

Far from displacing the U.S. economically, the likelier outcome is that China will soon enter a long period of relative decline. → Read More

America’s Manufacturing Pain Is Concentrated in Aerospace and Autos

But the rest of the capital-goods sector is holding up much better—for now. → Read More

85% of Californians Who Filed for Unemployment Expect to Get Their Job Back Once the Crisis Ends

About 85% of all California unemployment-insurance applicants since mid-March reported they expect to get their old job back once the crisis ends. That is up... → Read More

U.S. Manufacturing Has Collapsed. Don’t Look to China’s Reopening for Hope.

New surveys of purchasing managers in the manufacturing industry, published the Institute of Supply Management and IHS Markit, show a decline in activity as bad as anything in 2008-09. → Read More

The Coronavirus Has Already Made Us Poorer for Years to Come

In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, productivity will be lower, households will be more risk-averse, and tens of millions of workers will endure... → Read More

The Federal Reserve’s Emergency Lending Has Peaked. At Least for Now.

The global dollar shortage is gradually subsiding. But money is now starting to show up in strange places. → Read More

Everyone Is Desperate for Dollars, and the Fed is Lending like 2008

Latest Federal Reserve data show emergency loans are up more than $500 billion since the end of February. → Read More

How to Fix Germany’s Ailing Economy

The contraction of Germany’s export markets presents the country with a valuable opportunity to overhaul its economic model by having Germans spend more on themselves. → Read More

Yes, the Fed Has Cut Rates. No, It Hasn’t Become Dovish.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell calls the recent rate cuts a “midcycle adjustment,” rather than an easing cycle. He is right to do so, Matthew C. Klein writes, since the Fed is simply trying to recalibrate policy to avoid inadvertently killing the expansion. → Read More

The Federal Reserve Cut Interest Rates. It Didn’t Loosen Monetary Policy.

The central bank’s move Wednesday to cut its target band for short-term interest rates represents another step in its “midcycle adjustment” on monetary policy. → Read More

The Housing Market Is Rebounding. Thank the Federal Reserve for Its Rate Cuts.

A recent drop in mortgage costs is feeding through to higher home-buyer demand and higher construction. The Fed shouldn’t disrupt these dynamics, writes Matthew C. Klein. → Read More

Were America’s Pessimistic Manufacturing Surveys Wrong?

The latest data published by the Federal Reserve show sharp improvement across categories, in contrast to reports from ISM and IHS Markit. → Read More

The Federal Reserve Is Likely to Cut Interest Rates on Wednesday. What’s Next Matters More.

The market expects the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by a quarter-point on Wednesday. Investors should be watching for clues about whether this “midcycle adjustment” to monetary policy will get more aggressive. → Read More

Core Retail Sales Stagnated in August. This Could Spur the Fed to Be More Dovish.

Friday’s report on the health of American consumers has troubling news, but also some encouraging nuggets on the state of the housing market. Still, the slowdown could prompt a more vigorous “midcycle adjustment” by the Federal Reserve next week. → Read More

Blame Argentina’s Economic Crisis on Repeated Mistakes

The Macri government inherited a teetering economy and made things worse by borrowing heavily. Once things went bad, again, the International Monetary Fund compounded the problems with overly optimistic assumptions of the sort made in its Greek rescue efforts. → Read More

Will the U.S. Consumer Keep Holding On?

Friday’s retail-sales report will indicate whether troubles in manufacturing have spread to the rest of the economy, helping to inform the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate path. → Read More