Jeffrey oversees Asia for Reuters Breakingviews from Hong Kong. He previously spent seven years in New York, most recently as U.S. Editor. Before becoming a columnist in 2007 and helping spearhead European commentary of the financial crisis for Breakingviews, Jeffrey wrote about banking, M&A, international trade, healthcare and tech for Reuters and BNA in New York, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. From London, he led the European corporate finance team for Reuters and coverage of the continent's media sector. He has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's in finance from the George Washington University.
The shrinking conglomerate may offload parts of its digital business. GE had targeted some $15 bln of revenue by 2020 on the back of the Predix software initiative, and a CFO once dangled the idea of “infinite returns.” It’s a sobering moment for the internet-of-things hype.
The buyout firm’s largest single pool of capital, at $18.5 bln, coincides with fresh records across the industry. It may get harder for Carlyle and its ilk to deliver high returns. With shareholders prizing fees over investment profit, though, taking more money is a no-brainer.
James Packer resigned from a whopping 22 more directorships after he quit the Crown Resorts board for mental health reasons. Campaigns against such overstretched executives are on the rise, as evidence suggests returns can suffer. Companies would be wise to demand greater focus.