Spencer Jakab

Spencer Jakab

Formal First Name

Spencer Jakab is an award-winning financial journalist and the editor of the Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street", a financial and economic analysis column. He also wrote the "Ahead of the Tape" column at WSJ, which ran each weekday and previewed the day's most important economic or business event. Before joining WSJ, he wrote for the "Lex" and "On Wall Street" columns at the Financial Times. Prior to his journalism career, he was a former top-rated stock analyst at Credit Suisse, where he was most recently Director of Emerging Markets Equity Research. Spencer is the author of The Revolution That Wasn't: GameStop, Reddit, and the Fleecing of Small Investors (2022) and Heads I Win, Tails I Win: Why Smart Investors Fail and How to Tilt the Odds in Your Favor (2016).

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • 2008 New York Press Club Journalism Award

  • 2008 William Clabby Award, Dow Jones

  • 2006 SABEW Award, Society of American Business Editors and Writers