About The 5 Min. Forecast

The 5 Min. Forecast is a daily e-letter covering the economy and the markets, now reaching 275,000 paying subscribers.

It draws on the input from a team of globally connected, outside-the-box financial thinkers — private investors, world travelers, accomplished analysts, former floor traders, leading scientists and inventors, hedge fund quants, policy wonks, best-selling financial authors, film makers, commodities experts. Each is uniquely qualified to alert you to the news and trends you can use to develop a winning investment strategy. Timely, down to earth, to the point.

Our daily recipe goes something like this: Take our entire team’s best ideas… mix in some not-so-common takes on the day’s financial headlines… throw in a dash of “quirk” from the business world… and add a generous helping of reader feedback. Leaven the whole thing with the mockery Wall Street and Washington so richly deserve. Bake for 5 Mins.

History of The 5 Min. Forecast

The 5 Min. Forecast was launched in 2007 by Addison Wiggin, veteran financial publisher, author of three New York Times business bestsellers and executive producer of the breakthrough documentary I.O.U.S.A.

Dave Gonigam joined as managing editor in 2010, bringing an old-school journalist’s curiosity along with 20 years of experience as an Emmy award-winning TV news producer. In 2017, Emily Clancy came aboard as associate editor.

Throughout, our aim each day has been a simple one: That you learn at least one interesting thing you didn’t know before… and you decide to come back the next day.

Recent Alerts

White Lies

“I’ve been misleading you,” says Zach Scheidt. Here’s the most accurate way to calculate the income your stocks are generating… Read More

Ugly Nexus

The 5’s compelled to visit our periodic theme of media malpractice — especially the elitist nature of corporate media here in the 21st century. Read More

Media, Misconduct, Money

Exposed? Media elites and other connected insiders might be colluding with finance types on lucrative trades in the markets. Read More

Fire Sale

“Private equity companies are sitting on more than $2 trillion,” says Zach Scheidt. Here’s how these lucrative companies “make money in both good times and bad.” Read More

Debt Death Spiral

“There’s no legal impediment to even higher debt levels,” says Jim Rickards, “if Congress wishes.” But there’s no good way out… Read More

Free Market My ***

Social media’s swift ban hammer on “hate speech” and “misinformation” is more self-serving than you think. Read More

Moneyball Meets Wall Street

“SPACs right now are hot,” Ray says, “and everyone wants to get into the action somehow.” Read More

Sign of Strength

Go figure: At the time of writing, the S&P 500 is only 2% off its all-time high — which was achieved only six weeks ago. Read More

The Great 5G Letdown

Apple’s pricey new iPhone “primes consumers for the higher cost of even more advanced connectivity that could be making its way,” Ray Blanco says. Read More

The New “Froman Memo”

A curious mainstream narrative begs the question: Is there a 2020 version of the “Froman email” floating around Wall Street and D.C.? Read More