Profile

Jeffrey Kidwell
Industry Expert
Independent

Jeffrey Kidwell graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University in 1982. He has been an active senior architect in the repo and securities lending industry ever since. From 1982 to 2004, Jeff worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was the Head of the North American Repo Desk (Trading and Sales) and an Executive Director and helped build the business into one of the top repo desks on the Street. While there, he also helped build the European Repo Desk and managed the Canadian Repo Desk.  He then became the Co-Head of the Global Repo Desk (Trading and Sales) and Managing Director for Cantor Fitzgerald from 2004-2008, where he helped build it into a successful, brand-new Primary Dealer of the Federal Reserve. Both of his jobs at Morgan Stanley and Cantor Fitzgerald had him based in New York City.  Most recently, from 2008-2018, he was the Creator and Head of Direct Repo™, his OTC peer-to-peer financing, and the Director of AVM Solutions at AVM, L.P., a registered broker-dealer In Boca Raton, Florida. 
   
Jeff is also an author and has run a Repo School for several clients in-house at Cantor Fitzgerald and AVM, and has been an instructor in the Repo Schools at BMA, SIFMA, and SIA. He has been on several taskforces for the Federal Reserve and SIA and a member of the Financing Executive Committee of SIFMA. He has been a frequent conference speaker/moderator, contributor, and industry expert on repo and securities lending topics for the GIOA, GFOA, IMN, FMS, RMA, BMA, SIFMA, Fabozzi, MMExpo, as well as the Wall Street Journal, Securities Lending Times, ISF Magazine, iMoneyNet, and Bloomberg. He currently writes a regular Repo Commentary (and has been writing it for more almost 35 years) that is distributed to over 3500 people in the repo industry, including many state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, the ECB, and numerous corporate CFOs. He is a registered general securities representative and a registered supervisory principal with FINRA, with a Series 7, Series 63, Series 24, and Series 50. When not speaking about repo, trading repo, or meeting with clients, Jeff also sings the National Anthem for Major League Baseball games (150 since 2003) and performs frequently in a 5-part harmony group, Generation Gap (since 2007), and as an Elvis Presley tribute artist (since 1989). 


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