David Smith

Economics Editor, The Sunday Times

David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also an assistant editor and policy adviser.

He writes monthly columns for Professional Investor, British Industry and The Manufacturer, and is also a regular contributor to the CBI’s Business Voice and other publications. Prior to joining The Sunday Times, he worked for The Times, Financial Weekly, Now! Magazine, the Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank.

In terms of speaking, David talks to a wide variety of audiences on the economic and business outlook.

Recent events include:

  • The British Bankers’ Association retail banking conference.
  • The RICS property conference.
  • The Investment Week fund managers’ forum.
  • The Builders’ Merchants Federation annual conference.
  • The IG Index clients’ conference.

He also does private presentations on the economic outlook for internal company events. In terms of moderating and facilitating, he has done this at the World Economic Forum in Davos, as in previous years. Also, he chaired the FD Futures Finance Directors’ Forum and the UK Society of Investment Professionals Annual Forecasting Conference.

David is the author of several books, including The Rise and Fall of Monetarism, Mrs Thatcher’s Economics, North and South, From Boom to Bust, UK Current Economic Policy, Eurofutures, Will Europe Work?

His most recent book is called: Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics.

He was born and brought up in the West Midlands and studied at the Universities of Wales, Oxford and London.