Jeffrey  Speakes

Jeffrey Speakes, Ph.D.

Director, Financial Markets, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, Lecturer, Economics


Jeff Speakes, PhD, CFA, is a Lecturer in the School of Management at California Lutheran University (CLU) where he teaches econometrics, investments and financial economics. He is also Director of Financial Markets at CLU’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting. He has over 30 years experience as a portfolio manager, risk manager and financial services executive. He was formerly Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist at Countrywide Financial Corporation where he developed and managed the industry leading-edge hedge program for mortgage servicing rights. He was also Senior Vice President, Investments for Union Federal Savings Bank, Head of U.S. Forecasting at the Claremont Economics Institute and a member of the economics and finance faculties at the Claremont Graduate School.

Jeff received a PhD in economics and an MA in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a long-term student of the martial arts and currently holds rank of Shichidan (7th degree black belt) in Okinawan Goju-Ryu.

Jeff and his wife, Gwen, have three children and two grandchildren. They live in Camarillo, California.


B.S. Economics (Graduated Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) - University of Washington, 1972

M.A. Statistics - University of California Berkeley, 1975

M.A. Economics - University of California Berkeley, 1976

Ph.D. Economics (Econometrics) - University of California Berkeley, 1978


  • Economic analysis & forecasting
  • Quantitative modeling
  • Finance
  • Economic consulting
  • Market risk management


Jeffrey Speakes, 1981.  Inference in Some Disaggregated Models with Special Covariance Structure, Journal of Econometrics, 16, pp. 257-274.

Jeffrey Speakes, 1983.  The Phased-In Money Market Certificate Hedge, The Journal of Futures Markets Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 185-190.

Jeffrey Speakes, 1984.  Risk Measurement and Risk Management, The Journal of Portfolio Management  Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 66-71.