30 Things I Have Learned During My First 30 Years At Jefferies

Thirty years ago today at the age of 28, I officially began working at Jefferies in Los Angeles.  Technically, I agreed to join Jefferies in February of 1990 to help build a high yield bond department, but for the first three months I had a dual role as I was also helping to liquidate the bond portfolio of my previous employer that just filed for bankruptcy, Drexel Burnham Lambert.  

May 2020

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When Are We Going To Return To Work At Jefferies?

Welcome to the month of May. It is clear that for the next month of our lives, the press and the chatter will be incessantly focused on the plans and strategies emerging about how businesses are going to “bring people back to work.”

May 2020

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Solid First Shot But More Bazookas Needed

A little over two weeks ago, we wrote to you that the epicenter of the massive turmoil in the economy is the endless range of businesses that employ a large portion of the work force. Our focus was, and is, to help working people maintain their jobs throughout this hopefully contained period of isolation and demand collapse by supporting and maintaining previously strong and viable enterprises that employ good hardworking people.

April 2020

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Even With Heartbreaking Loss, Springtime Can Bring Green Shoots of Optimism

We hope you, your family and your colleagues are healthy and managing through this crisis as safely and effectively as possible.  As you know, this week the coronavirus caused us to lose our friend and partner, Peg Broadbent, who served as CFO of Jefferies Group since 2007. 

April 2020

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Priorities, Strategies and Emotions of Living and Operating in a Pandemic

The two of us have spent virtually every waking hour (and unfortunately plenty of our sleep time) for well over a month focused on and thinking about the Coronavirus and its implications for all of our families and friends, our clients and Jefferies. 

March 2020

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Grasping for the Bright Side and Perspective in Dealing with the Coronavirus

Now that each of us has a second to breathe and truly be with our families, we would like to share some bigger picture thoughts with you.  

March 2020

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A Time of Uncertainty, and a Time to Step Up At Home and At Jefferies

The Coronavirus has now expanded globally and is becoming a factor in every one of our lives. None of us truly knows the scale and scope of what we will be dealing with, but there is no doubt that fear of the unknown is beyond unsettling.

March 2020

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Thank You Jefferies - Asia

Nobody said it would be easy.  Just when we thought we only had to deal with Brexit, trade wars, environmental disasters, government shutdowns, riot protests, and political elections, we have now been introduced to Coronavirus.

February 2020

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The Too Often Overlooked Real Center Of Our Universe

Insight-generating, client-swaying, wisdom-sharing and revenue-generating MDs and Senior Vice Presidents are fuel that power Jefferies.

 

February 2020

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Fiscal 2020 – Our Goal and Our Plan for By Far Our Best Year Ever and the Beginning of the Road to 2030

Thirty years ago, just after one of us arrived at our firm, Jefferies was a pure boutique with one real business, cash equities, which drove net earnings of $7 million on galactic-wide total revenues of $144 million.

December 2019

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