Author: JAK

forecast5 October 18, 2021 JAK

Bogeyman or tomorrow’s saviour? Sizewell nuclear reactor. Those of us who are tootling gently along in our electric cars felt smug when we passed fuel queues—but how long will we be able to plug into electricity as the days roll over to what could turn out to be the worst winter of discontent since the…

forecast5 October 7, 2021 JAK

Despite Government’s reassuring noises, fuel queues grow and jerricans sell out. Last week Britain experienced fuel queues for the first time since the days of rationing. As a new world emerges from the Covid pandemic central banks around the world have been meeting to try and understand what is happening. This cameo illustrates three things:…

forecast5 September 25, 2021 JAK

An imperfect storm Wind farms stand idle in windless August. The UK’s wholesale energy markets have reached record highs in recent weeks, The Guardian said. The trouble stems from a global surge in demand for gas following a cold winter that left the UK’s gas storage facilities depleted, and, as reported in The Spectator on…

forecast5 May 17, 2021 JAK

One man. A brewery. The miracle. Jester, Olicana, Goldings, Fuggles A couple of Evans-Evans best brews. Celtic to most of us, but not if you are Welsh. Simon Buckley’s family have been brewing in Wales for 253 years and now he has recovered from a 13-week stay in hospital with Covid 19, Simon intends to…

forecast5 April 29, 2021 JAK

“Full throttle for Deliveroo” screamed the Sunday Times Business headline just before the IPO. “Online giant defies critics as investors pile into £8bn float” But within days it all turned to tears. Was it timing? Was the valuation too high? Did labour issues discourage investors? Were the firm’s entry barriers perceived as being too low?…

forecast5 March 18, 2021 JAK

Last Friday President Joe Biden signed one of the largest economic rescue packages in U.S. history, authorizing a flurry of new federal spending and a temporary yet dramatic increase in anti-poverty programmes to help millions of families still struggling amid the pandemic. Congress had already spent $4 trn fighting the crisis. Now he proposes $1.9 trn more…

forecast5 December 9, 2020 JAK

The ‘economic emergency has only just begun’, Rishi Sunak said on November 25 as he announced forecasts that show the UK economy contracting 11.3% this year and the deficit reaching almost £400 billion. Armageddon’ outta here Unusually The Spectator put the knife into its former editor, Boris Johnson in its November 28 issue.  It points…

forecast5 November 2, 2020 JAK

Carpe diem indeed. In a world that Covid turned upside down, it is the visionaries, the out-of-the-box thinkers and—yes—the budget watchdogs who are seeing profit graphs climb. Elon Musk is described as having been a cat in a former life: every way the market throws him, he lands on his feet*. His latest touch down…

forecast5 October 26, 2020 JAK

Some businesses’ success under Covid was expected—think Zoom and Team View. Others are more surprising: Are you and your company one of the lucky ones who are benefitting from Covid? If so, you know what to do. Quickly download a free, 21 day trial of Forecast 5, the highly rated financial forecasting package and be…

forecast5 October 11, 2020 JAK

An Excel-ent solution? Earlier this month, Public Health England admitted that a glitch in its spreadsheets led to 15,841 positive Covid results not being reported. Why? Not only had Public Health England used an Excel spreadsheet, a program not built to be a serious database manager, but they were using a 2007 version. This version…