Jason Schenker is the world’s top ranked Financial Market Futurist. He is the Chairman of The Futurist Institute and the President of Prestige Economics.
Mr. Schenker advises executives, corporate boards, industry groups, public corporations, institutional investors, nonprofits, and central banks. He directs forecasting, risk management, scenario planning, and strategic consulting projects.
Mr. Schenker is consistently ranked one of the most accurate forecasters in the world by Bloomberg News. Since 2011, he has been ranked the #1 forecaster in the world for his forecast accuracy in 23 different categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Brazilian Real, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and U.S. non-farm payrolls.
Mr. Schenker founded The Futurist Institute in October 2016 to help analysts and economists become futurists. The Futurist Institute confers the Certified Futurist and Long-Term Analyst designation, for which Mr. Schenker has created a rigorous course of study that includes The Future of Work, The Future of Transportation, The Future of Data, The Future of Finance, Futurist Fundamentals, The Future of Energy, The Future of Leadership, and The Future of Healthcare. Mr. Schenker is also an instructor for LinkedIn Learning, for which he has released a course on Corporate Finance Risk Management.
Mr. Schenker is very active in FinTech. In the fall of 2016, he founded Hedgefly, a risk management platform that uses Blockchain technology and a Bitcoin backend that he developed while studying FinTech at MIT. Hedgefly was acquired in September 2017 by SpreadBot, a technology firm that creates automated chatbots to perform complicated tasks and make spreadsheets talk. Mr. Schenker is now a Partner at SpreadBot. As a successful blockchain entrepreneur, Mr. Schenker is pleased to fill the role of the Executive Director of the Texas Blockchain Association. He is also the Futurist for Hyperloop Massachusetts.
Mr. Schenker has written four books that have become #1 Best Sellers on Amazon: Jobs for Robots, Commodity Prices 101, Recession-Proof, and Electing Recession. He also wrote the books Robot-Proof Yourself and Be the Shredder, Not the Shred. He is editor of The Robot and Automation Almanac, which is compiled annually by The Futurist Institute.
Mr. Schenker is a columnist for Bloomberg Prophets, and he has appeared as a guest host on Bloomberg Television, as well as a guest on CNBC. He is frequently quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Prior to founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked for McKinsey as a Risk Specialist, where he was responsible for directing industrial, energy, and agricultural trading and risk initiatives on six continents. Mr. Schenker also worked for Wachovia as the Chief Energy and Commodity Economist, where he initiated coverage on commodity markets and wrote on domestic and international economic and foreign exchange topics.
Mr. Schenker holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro, a Master’s in Negotiation from CSU Dominguez Hills, a Master’s in German from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s in History and German from The University of Virginia. He also holds a Certificate in FinTech from MIT, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT, a Certificate in Professional Development from UNC, and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School. Mr. Schenker holds the professional designations CMT® (Chartered Market Technician), CVA® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERP® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). He is also a Certified Futurist and a Board Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
He is currently completing a certificate in Cybersecurity at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Schenker is also involved with a number of nonprofits. He is a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council, the only CEO-based public policy research organization in Texas, with a limited membership of 100 CEOs and Presidents. Mr. Schenker is also a member of the Central Texas Angel Network, which is the most active angel investor network in the United States, and he is also on the advisory board of Hidden Star, a non-profit focused on helping low-income, minority, and disadvantaged entrepreneurs start and succeed.
Mr. Schenker is a member of the 2018 Director class of the Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan, non-profit that fosters business and policy dialogue on important U.S. and Texas issues.