About me

Hi there! This is the official website of journalist and author Spencer Jakab.

I’m the editor of the “Heard on the Street,” the Wall Street Journal’s financial and economic analysis column. Before joining Heard as Deputy Editor in 2015 I wrote the “Ahead of the Tape” column which ran each weekday and previewed the day’s most important economic or business event and before that I wrote “Lex” for Britain’s Financial Times.

My first career was in finance. I lived in Europe for a decade, mostly working as an emerging markets stock analyst and later the head of a research team at a big bank. I learned a lot, traveled to some very cool places, but got bored with corporate life and decided to write about money instead of making so darn much of it.

Nearly everything I know about the world of finance was picked up on the job or through reading but, for what it’s worth, I earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, a certificate from Columbia’s Harriman Institute, and a B.A. in political science from Brandeis University.

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