Geoffrey Smith, Fortune

Geoffrey Smith

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United Kingdom

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Recent:
  • Fortune
Past:
  • Entrepreneur
  • Wall Street Journal

Recent articles by Geoffrey:

Coronavirus and the global economy: Can these controversial measures save the economy from collapse?

Policy makers and central bankers plan to throw the kitchen sink at the coronavirus problem—think rate cuts and cash handouts—to save the global economy. Will any of it work? → Read More

Life without sports—betting firms begin to tally up their coronavirus losses

No soccer. No horse racing. No NBA basketball, or college hoops. The $450 billion global gambling market is taking it on the chin. But there's always marbles racing! → Read More

With the markets in turmoil, the ECB readies a bond-buying bazooka

The European Central Bank announced emergency measures to prop up the bond markets just days after Christine Lagarde declared, "we are not here to close spreads." → Read More

European Central Bank roiled markets when president Christine Lagarde told coronavirus-ravaged Italy: you're pretty much on your own

The European Central Bank president sent European markets in a freefall on Thursday with her words: "we are not here to close spreads." → Read More

A lameduck CEO and a spying scandal that won’t go away—Credit Suisse braces for an awkward earnings call

There could be fireworks when Credit Suisse reports earnings on Thursday, the last time outgoing CEO Tidjane Thiam will address the markets as head of the embattled bank. → Read More

Amid mounting losses and layoffs, Deutsche Bank stages an unlikely comeback

Germany's biggest bank reported an historic loss last week, but shares continue to rally. How long can it last, analysts wonder. → Read More

First NAFTA. Then China. Europe may be the next target in Trump's trade war offensive

First NAFTA. Then China. The EU could soon be subject to Trump's trade war tactics. → Read More

Why the U.K. is bailing out regional airline Flybe when it's let others fail

Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended a lifeline to the failing carrier. → Read More

How Ted Baker London Went from On Trend to On the Brink

The fashion retailer that dressed Pippa Middleton and Reese Witherspoon is facing a perfect storm of crises. → Read More

New Russia to China Gas Pipeline Has Everything—Except Profit

The so-called Power of Siberia, a 1,800-mile pipeline, has puzzling economics. → Read More

Europe Is Terrified of Digital Currencies in the U.S. and China—But Can't Manage to Develop Its Own

Even as it views payment systems as a means of financial sovereignty. → Read More

European Food Fight! The Battle for Meal-Delivery Supremacy Is Heating Up

Europe’s $5 billion food delivery market is among the most competitive startup sectors on the continent, pitting home-grown firms against the might of Silicon Valley in what is shaping up to be another bruising round of technology-driven, winner-takes-all capitalism. → Read More

Tiffany & Co. Is a Symbol of Luxury—But LVMH May Manage to Buy It for a Bargain

LVMH's bid to acquire Tiffany comes amid headwinds for the jeweler, which may prompt shareholders to take the money currently on the table. → Read More

The ECB Is Still Dovish on Gender Balance

As Draghi prepares to step down, 30% of the ECB’s managers are women, including in senior management roles. While not great, that does mark a big improvement from 2011 when he took the job. → Read More

How To Grade the Mario Draghi Years? Start with These Three Words

One the most divisive central bankers is on his way out of office. His "whatever it takes" vow will be the stuff of legend—and lawsuits. → Read More

Regulators Hobble Libra, but See Some Upside in Digital Currencies

Pressure from lawmakers and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have forced out several important payments companies needed to build the Libra digital currency platform. But many of those same critics lament the shortcomings of today's currency regimes that are too slow and too expensive. → Read More

The World's Biggest Turbines and No Subsidies: How Offshore Wind Is Entering a New Era

A recent auction in the U.K. shows how massive scale is transforming wind and the larger energy sector. → Read More

The Saudi Oil Attacks Are Shifting the Gulf's Power Balance—Towards Russia

The attacks on the Kingdom leave a further opening for Putin to strengthen his position in the Gulf → Read More

The European Central Bank’s ‘Bazooka’ is Back. This Time, There’s Less of a Bang

Mario Draghi's "Bazooka" is back—but this time, there's less of a bang → Read More

Are Fears of a German Recession Overblown? 5 Reasons Not to Worry—Yet

Germany is about to fall into recession for the first time in a decade. The world’s fourth-largest economy has become the collateral damage of Donald Trump’s trade war against China and the slow-motion car crash that is Brexit. In the near term, analysts and policymakers argue there’s not too much cause for alarm: the government and the European Central Bank—if they act in tandem—have all the… → Read More