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Jason Schenker    

Top-Ranked Economist, Best-Selling Author & President of Prestige Economics

Jason Schenker is the Chairman of The Futurist Institute, which helps analysts, consultants, and executives prepare for the future. Schenker is the author of over 30 books and the creator of over 40 online courses about emerging technologies, data, economics, finance, risk management, and leadership. As the President of Prestige Economics, Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker the #1 forecaster in the world in 26 different categories since 2011, including for his forecasts of industrial metals prices, oil prices, the euro, the Chinese Yuan, and U.S. jobs. Since 2004, Mr. Schenker has given over 500 presentations all over the world. He has also given over 1,000 television interviews, including for Bloomberg Television, CNBC, CNN, and the BBC.

Schenker advises Fortune 500 companies, central banks, government entities, OPEC, NATO, the UN, and the WHO. He previously worked for McKinsey as a Risk Specialist and at Wachovia (now, Wells Fargo) as an economist. Schenker holds master's degrees in three unique fields: applied economics (UNCG), negotiation (CSUDH), and German (UNC). His bachelor's degree is in history and in German (UVA). Schenker has completed postgraduate certificates at MIT, Harvard Law School, and Carnegie Mellon. Schenker is a Certified Futurist and holds the Futurist and Long-Term Analyst (FLTA®) professional designation. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Since 2009, Schenker has lived in Austin, Texas.

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The Economic and Financial Future After COVID

This presentation focuses on the economic, financial, and business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion includes forecasts for the economy, recession risks, and financial markets, as well as the outlooks for fiscal policy, Fed monetary policy, commodity markets, domestic manufacturing, global trade, real estate, employment and jobs, energy, finance and FinTech, food and agriculture, healthcare, national security, international relations, and travel. Topics in this talk come from Jason Schenker's recent book "The Future After COVID: Futurist Expectations for Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities After the COVID-19 Pandemic."

The Future

This presentation can offer a futurist lens on a variety of topics, including: work, education, energy, finance, monetary policy, fiscal policy, real estate, agriculture, supply chain, media, international relations, national security, politics, leadership, travel and leisure, ESG and sustainability, startups and the recession.

Economic and Financial Outlook for 2020 and Beyond

Top-ranked financial market forecaster Jason Schenker will discuss the most important dynamics for the economy and financial markets in the year ahead. The talk will include a discussion of Fed policy and interest rates, global trade and growth, jobs, the dollar, and commodities. There will even be a discussion of various risks, the impact of technology, and how the 2020 presidential election could impact the economic outlook.

The Current Economic and Financial Outlook

The economy and financial markets are constantly shifting. This presentation will offer an integrated view of the state of the key major world economies, with a particular focus on the United States. There will also be a significant discussion of current and near-term Fed and foreign central bank policies, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, the dollar, oil prices and precious metals prices. Hear market expectations and near-term forecasts from one of the most accurate forecasters in the world, according to Bloomberg News. The presentation will also discuss long-term trends and threats that will become increasingly important in years to come.

Audiences will learn about:

  • Current economic and financial market conditions and forecasts from one of the top-ranked, most accurate forecasters in the world
  • Factors that pose near-term upside risks to the economic outlook
  • Factors that pose near-term and long-term downside risks to the outlook

Risk Management in the Face of Economic and Financial Market Uncertainty

Economic and financial market dynamics pose risk—and even more so as technicals become increasingly important alongside fundamental economic data. This presentation includes a discussion of financial market risk management from an expert who worked as a risk specialist at McKinsey before founding Prestige Economics, a research firm that has consistently performed risk management consulting projects for some of the largest companies in the world. Market-specific risks will be discussed within the context of the economic outlook, including interest rates, foreign exchange and commodities. In addition to a discussion of managing market risks, there will be a discussion of financial market trading dynamics, where the definition of long term has become increasingly shorter. This presentation includes a discussion of expectations for the future of market volatility and investing, as technicals become increasingly more important.

Audiences will learn about:

  • Current economic and financial market conditions and forecasts from one of the top-ranked forecasters in the world
  • Implementing risk management strategies to help them better manage their risks
  • The trend toward shorter-term trading and what it means for financial market volatility

Economic, Financial and Recession Outlook

This presentation focuses on the prospects of recession within the context of the current state of the economy. Three kinds of recessions can affect specific companies, industries or regions. This presentation includes a discussion of these recessions and where they currently exist—and the areas to which they could spread. Contagion risk and market-specific risks will be discussed within the context of the economic outlook, including economic forecasts, as well as forecasts of interest rates, foreign exchange and commodity prices. A number of the topics in this presentation draw on topics from Jason Schenker’s #1 Amazon best seller Recession-Proof: How to Survive and Thrive in an Economic Downturn.

Audiences will learn about:

  • Current economic and financial market conditions and forecasts from one of the top-ranked forecasters in the world
  • Where recessions exist, how they could spread and what contagion risks are at play
  • What the prospects for overall U.S. recession look like in coming years, including a discussion of proprietary survey data
  • Which data and markets should be watched for confirmation or divergence from expectations of three kinds of recessions

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Oil prices have become increasingly volatile and important for financial markets. Jason Schenker has been ranked the #1 oil price forecaster in the world in 2011, 2015, and 2016 by Bloomberg News. He has also been attending OPEC meetings for over a decade, and he was the first oil price forecaster to predict oil’s rise in 2004 to $50. In this presentation, Schenker will share his views on the outlook for oil and gas in the United States and abroad. He will also discuss the implications for the global economy and global politics. This presentation includes topics covered in Schenker’s #1 Amazon best seller Commodity Prices 101: A Primer on the Financial Market Drivers of Commodity Prices.

Audiences will learn about:

  • The current state of global oil markets and prices
  • Political dynamics of OPEC and non-OPEC producers
  • Long-term expectations, risks and opportunities for oil production, prices and energy alternatives
  • The importance of fundamentals and technicals that drive prices in the short term

Electing Recession: The Impact of Presidential Elections on Financial Markets and the Economy

In this presentation, Jason Schenker, one of the top economic and financial forecasters in the world, shares his nonpartisan analysis on the importance of presidential elections for financial markets and the economy. This presentation also includes integrated forecasts of major global economies, with a particular focus on the United States. There is also significant discussion of current and near-term Fed and foreign central bank policies, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, the dollar, oil prices and precious metals prices. Hear market expectations and near-term forecasts from one of the most accurate forecasters in the world, according to Bloomberg News. The presentation will also discuss long-term trends and threats that will become increasingly important for future presidents. This presentation includes topics covered in Schenker’s forthcoming book Electing Recession: The Impact of Presidential Elections on Financial Markets and the Economy.

Audiences will learn about:

  • Current economic and financial market conditions and forecasts from one of the top-ranked, most accurate forecasters in the world
  • How the party of a future president is likely to impact financial markets and the economy
  • Increasingly important long-term risks and challenges

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