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

Passing the Baton

Biotech experienced a monster run-up coming out of the 2007–09 financial crisis. But for the last five years, the sector went nowhere. Now? biotech is getting a booster shot… Read More

“Variants” vs. Vaccines

As the virus mutates to survive, questions arise about the efficacy of the three main vaccines that have already been approved. Read More

China 2021

Is the great Chinese growth engine slowing down? The virus notwithstanding, by nearly every measure, George Gilder says China comes out ahead. Read More

The Road to Dow 50k

“I don’t believe the Federal Reserve alone explains record-breaking stock prices,” says our resident futurist Robert Williams. Read More

Business as Usual

Nomi Prins on Wall Street mainlining Fed money… while Main Street languishes. Read More

Biden’s Plan for Your 401(k)

With Democrats soon to control the White House, House and Senate… we turn our attention to the prospects for your 401(k). Read More

A Riot by Another Name

A day after the Capitol Hill riot, we stick to our thesis that — election angst aside — it’s underlying economic anxiety that brought us to this juncture. Read More

98% Failure Rate

As we carry on with our team’s 2021 predictions, James Altucher advises: “Always look for Moore’s law investments.” Read More

Elon Musk’s Shopping List

“Tesla only makes sense if you look at the bigger picture for this iconic company,” says Zach Scheidt. It’s “much more than a car company.” Read More

Who’s Really in Charge?

Jim Rickards believes Trump’s weak fight for a second term is performative; meanwhile, Team Biden is shaping up to look like Barack Obama’s third term. Read More