Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jefferies vs. MF Global

Even though liquidity was what really killed MF Global, the reason that the company was susceptible to a liquidity run was because optically the amount of capital at the institution looked extremely low.  Today there's a lot of chatter surrounding Jefferies, but from a pure leverage standpoint the two are hardly comparable.

MF Global Assets: $41B
Capital: $1.36B

Jefferies Assets: $45B
Capital: $3.49B

For roughly the same amount of assets, Jefferies has more than double the capital.

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