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  • Citi Is Suing AT&T Over The Word “Thanks”

    06/13/2016 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 10, 2016 | Chris Morran
    Last week, AT&T launched a new loyalty program dubbed AT&T Thanks, offering rewards to customers, especially those who bundle together wireless and pay-TV services from the company. This morning, Citi fired back at the Death Star, alleging that AT&T is stomping all over Citi’s “ThankYou” trademark. For several years, Citi has had trademarks protecting its “ThankYou from Citi” credit card rewards program, while AT&T more recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “AT&T Thanks” mark. That AT&T mark was published for opposition this week, and it looks like Citi has a problem with it. Citi has...
  • Trump Owned By Wall Street

    02/19/2016 10:35:07 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 79 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 19, 2016
    Trump is Owned by EVERY Bank on Wall St. (Except Citi, Who He Stiffed for $300M)...
  • Citi: World economy trapped in ‘death spiral’

    02/05/2016 8:50:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/05/16 | Katy Barnato
    The global economy seems trapped in a "death spiral" that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned. Some analysts -- including those at Citi -- have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S. "The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral," Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday. "Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global...
  • Cruz failed to disclose second 2012 loan: report (Cruz just notified the FEC on Thursday?)

    01/16/2016 8:55:17 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/16/16 | Bradford Richardson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reportedly failed to disclose a second loan for as much as $500,000 from Citibank to fund his 2012 Senate campaign, according to a letter he sent to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Thursday. The disclosure comes after the Republican presidential candidate was already facing scrutiny for failing to adequately report a Goldman Sachs loan of up to $500,000 he also used to fund his 2012 bid. The one-page letter, obtained by The New York Times, said both loans were "inadvertently omitted" from the required filings. The Citibank loan was a line of credit, according to...
  • Trump Tees Off: Cruz A 'Canadian' Who Goldman Sachs, Citi Bank 'Owns'

    01/16/2016 8:43:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 148 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/16/16 | Derek Hunter
    Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and GOP presidential frontrunner, has taken off the gloves in his fight with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. What was friendly jabbing in the Fox Business Channel debate has gotten nasty as Trump now directly questions Cruz's eligibility to serve as president and the $1 million loan Cruz took from Goldman Sachs to jumpstart his Senate campaign. "Goldman Sachs owns him, he will do anything they demand. Not much of a reformer!" Trump tweeted. "Ted Cruz purposely, and illegally, did not list on his personal disclosure form personally guaranteed loans from banks," Trump added. "They own...
  • Ted Cruz Failed to Report a Second Campaign Loan in 2012

    01/15/2016 1:49:46 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/15/2016 | Mike McIntire
    The Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, already facing scrutiny for not disclosing a Goldman Sachs loan he used for his 2012 Senate campaign, also failed to disclose a second loan, from Citibank, for the same race, according to a letter he sent Thursday to federal election officials. The one-page letter said that the “underlying source” of money for a series of personal loans Mr. Cruz made to his Senate campaign in Texas included both bank loans, which totaled as much as $1 million. Both loans were “inadvertently omitted” from the required filings, the letter said. Previously, Mr. Cruz has only...
  • Wall Street Pays Bankers To Work in Government and It Doesn't Want Anyone to Know

    02/12/2015 2:19:12 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    New Republic ^ | 04 February 2015 | David Dayen
    Citigroup is one of three Wall Street banks attempting to keep hidden their practice of paying executives multimillion-dollar awards for entering government service. In letters delivered to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last month, Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley seek exemption from a shareholder proposal, filed by the AFL-CIO labor coalition, which would force them to identify all executives eligible for these financial rewards, and the specific dollar amounts at stake. Critics argue these "golden parachutes" ensure more financial insiders in policy positions and favorable treatment toward Wall Street.''
  • Major corporations funding “gay” indoctrination in elementary schools across America.

    12/29/2014 7:27:53 AM PST · by massmike · 59 replies ^ | 12/29/2014 | n/a
    It's every parent's nightmare, but true: Major U.S. corporations are funding a campaign of sophisticated, psychologically intrusive "gay" indoctrination programs targeting very young children in elementary schools across America. It’s part of a very well-planned and well-funded effort to reach children as young as possible without their parents’ intervention. The national program, called “Welcoming Schools”, skillfully works on the minds of young children in three ways: (1) Introducing the concept of homosexuality to children. (2) Telling them that homosexuality is normal and natural. (3) Telling them that their parents or friends who portray homosexuality in a less than positive way...
  • House Republicans Seek Answers from Eric Holder About Bank Settlement Money for Liberal Groups

    11/26/2014 6:52:33 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department’s massive mortgage settlements against two bank giants requires them to give millions to liberal advocacy groups, and House Republicans are trying to find out why. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling asked Attorney General Eric Holder seeking details about who was involved in steering the funds from the Bank of America and Citigroup settlements this way, which they said was an unprecedented departure from other settlements. “It seems that the alleged victims are not the primary beneficiaries of these multi-billion dollar settlements,” the House chairmen said in the letter....
  • Transformation: Freddie Mac Does Another Risk-sharing Deal, Citi Sells Servicing Rights

    10/25/2013 7:30:21 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The mortgage market is undergoing a transformation. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are doing more credit risk-sharing deals (a sign of things to come) while Citi decides to sells its mortgage servicing portfolio. Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) By Jody Shenn — Freddie Mac “expects to complete another” sale of risk-sharing securities “shortly,” FHFA acting director Ed DeMarco said in speech yesterday afternoon. • NOTE: Freddie spokeswoman said last month it hopes to complete another deal this year; Fannie Mae execs said this month no more deals in 2013, working on one for early next year • FHFA plans for “scope and...
  • Citi Firing 11,000

    12/05/2012 6:38:28 AM PST · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Big news ahead of this Friday's NFP report: •CITI TO CUT OVER 11,000 JOBS, TAKE PRETAX CHARGE $1B IN 4Q "Sandy's fault?" or better yet, "Vikram's fault." Or maybe the economy is collapsing despite all the propaganda one is spoonfed. Considering the recent termination of over 50,000 by UBS we think we know the answer. And while C stock may jump on the news, the end result is that New York and the US have both just lost 11,000 less key taxpayers most of whom are almost certainly in the $250,000+ bucket. That said we can't wait for the BLS...
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • The Spanish Housing Chart That's Going To Crush The Banking System

    03/28/2012 2:05:38 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-28-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    CHART OF THE DAY: The Spanish Housing Chart That's Going To Crush The Banking System Joe Weisenthal March 28, 2012, 6:11 AM Citi's Willem Buiter is out with a big call on Spain, and how things are going to get much worse, and how ultimately the country will need outside assistance in some way. Given that Spain is much bigger than Greece, this is a very big deal. We have the full gory details of the report here. One key element of his call relates to real estate, and his belief that the collapse in that market is not done....
  • Obama's New Chief Of Staff Made Some Amazing Hedge Fund Investments At Citi

    01/10/2012 9:59:23 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 1+ views
    TBI ^ | 1-10-2012 | Lisa Du
    Obama's New Chief Of Staff Made Some Amazing Hedge Fund Investments At Citi Lisa Du Jan. 10, 2012, 3:50 PM Ever since it was announced that Jack Lew, current head of the Office of Management and Budget, would be President Barack Obama's new Chief of Staff to replace the departing William Daley, the media sphere has been abuzz with Lew's stellar political resume—having worked for several Congressmen and under both Bill and Hillary Clinton—and the fact that he is described as a "mild-mannered and steady technocrat," enjoying bi-partisan support. But the incoming chief has another facet to his work history—he's...
  • Citi's Willem Buiter Says Europe Could Just Have Weeks Or Days Before A Financial Catastrophe

    11/16/2011 12:49:41 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-16-2011 | Joe Weisental
    MUST-READ: Citi's Willem Buiter Says Europe Could Just Have Weeks Or Days Before A Financial Catastrophe Joe Weisenthal Nov. 16, 2011, 3:17 PM This is a fantastic interview with Citi's Willem Buiter on Bloomberg TV. You can hear the anger in his voice as he argues that Europe may have a matter of days before an unnecessary default and a financial catastrophe. The answer: the ECB must act fast, and ignore the Germans who don't get it. While some people don't think that the ECB can really monetize sovereign debt this way, Buiter believes there's absolutely nothing preventing the ECB...
  • Citi hikes fees on checking accounts (Thank You, Dick Durbin!)

    10/05/2011 10:07:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 10-5-11 | Jessica Dickler
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The fees keep coming. Citi is the latest big bank to slap customers with a round of fee hikes. This time, on its checking accounts. Starting in December, customers who hold its mid-level Citibank Account will be charged $20 a month if they fail to maintain a minimum balance of $15,000 in their combined accounts. Previously, account holders had to carry a minimum balance of $6,000. At the same time, customers who have the bank's EZ Checking account will start being charged $15 a month if they don't carry a minimum balance of $6,000. Citi says...
  • 'Illegal' Treasuries: Could They Happen and Who Would Buy Them?

    04/22/2011 6:06:31 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/22/2011 | The Atlantic
    Would you buy a bond guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the United States if its existence also breached U.S. law? This seemingly crazy concept might sound ridiculous, but bizarre times may call for bizarre measures. As a result, this week, Citi analyst Brett Rose (via Business Insider) suggested that the Treasury could resort to an unlikely worst-case scenario: it could just issue more Treasury securities in violation of the law. Could This Really Happen?
  • Madoff victims' advocate: Citigroup saw red flags. Lawsuit seeks about $425 million from bank

    02/22/2011 1:18:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 02/22/2011 | Grant McCool
    Citigroup saw several red flags in the dealings of Bernard Madoff's firm years before his multibillion-dollar fraud was exposed in late 2008, the firm's liquidator said in a newly unsealed lawsuit. Irving Picard, a court-appointed trustee seeking to recover money for former Madoff clients, made the accusations in one of several complaints he has filed against big banks he says "enabled" the massive, decades-long Ponzi scheme by turning a blind eye to it. "Citi had access to and received information placing it on inquiry notice that Madoff's advisory business was potentially a fraud, and/or that Madoff was making hundreds of...
  • Obama's OMB Pick Lew Headed Citi Unit That Shorted Housing

    07/16/2010 8:26:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 2+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/15/10
    Obama's OMB Pick Lew Headed Citi Unit That Shorted HousingJul 15 2010, 3:40 PM ET Imagine if President Obama's new OMB head had worked at one of the biggest Wall Street bailout recipients and headed a group that profited by shorting the housing market. That would be a public relations nightmare, but it also appears to be the reality the administration faces with the Jacob Lew nomination. His Citigroup unit had a big investment in the hedge fund run by John Paulson, also at the center of the SEC's Goldman Sachs lawsuit. The hedge fund made billions of dollars by...
  • Woman Says Citibank Fired Her Because She Was Too Hot

    06/02/2010 5:09:25 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 149 replies · 5,100+ views
    Business Insider ^ | June 2, 2010 | Courtney Comstock
    Extract: Debrahlee Lorenzana is filing a lawsuit against Citibank because they fired her, she says, for the strangest reason: she's too hot. ....Her bosses told her that "as a result of the shape of her figure, such clothes were purportedly 'too distracting' for her male colleagues and supervisors to bear," she says
  • Wall Street Read of the Week: "Bob Rubin Just Wants to Be Cuddled"

    05/01/2010 4:55:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 824+ views
    NY Observer ^ | 04/30/10 | Max Abelson
    Wall Street Read of the Week: "Bob Rubin Just Wants to Be Cuddled" By Max Abelson April 30, 2010 | 6:36 p.m Until today, the London Business School-educated Iris Mack was known as a Harvard Management Company whistle-blower. From now on she will be remembered for these extraordinary words about her affair with former Treasury Secretary and Citi executive Bob Rubin: "He got this funny look on his face, and asked: 'Do you want to go upstairs and...cuddle?' So that's what this is about... And not long afterward the former Treasury Secretary had his tongue down my throat and hands...
  • No Citi pity here; Prince, Rubin dodge bullets at crisis hearing (RUBIN smiles at criticism)

    04/09/2010 7:39:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies · 458+ views
    NY POST ^ | 4/9/10 | MARK DeCAMBRE
    Former Citi Chair Bob Rubin (ex-Goldman Sachs banker and Clinton Treasury Secy) was criticized by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission for not accepting blame for Citi's ill-advised drive into CDOs (collaterized mortgage-backed securities that got a $45B TARP bailout). "You were not a garden-variety board member," he was told. Rubin got a $115M paycheck sitting on Citi's board 1999-2009; Rubin is frustrated with the view that he should have been more involved in Citi's operations during the crisis.
  • Rubin is challenged on role in Citi's risk-taking

    04/08/2010 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 424+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/10 | Marcy Gordon - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Rubin, the former financial superstar once lionized for his global crisis-fighting prowess, was scolded Thursday over the mortgage-securities disaster at Citigroup Inc. when he was a top executive there. His claim he didn't know of the risks piling up drew a sharp retort. "You can't have it both ways: You either were pulling the levers or asleep at the switch," the head of the panel investigating the roots of the financial crisis told Rubin at a hearing. Rubin expressed regret. Yet he insisted he didn't know until late in the game, when the subprime mortgage crisis...
  • U.S. set to make $8 billion from bailing out Citi

    03/27/2010 8:32:55 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 24 replies · 860+ views ^ | 03/27/10 | David Cho
    Obama administration is preparing to sell its stake in the bank, sources say. Among the banks that rule Wall Street, Citigroup got a bailout that was bigger than the rest. Now the company is about to pay a king's ransom for its federal rescue. The Obama administration is making final preparations to sell its stake in the New York bank, according to industry and federal sources. At today's prices, the sale would net more than $8 billion, by far the largest profit returned from any firm that accepted bailout funds and the transaction would be the second-largest stock sale in...
  • McCain sees irony in Paulson reforms (McCain attacks Paulson, Bush) ("We were all misled")

    03/01/2010 5:02:38 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 615+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-03-01 | Patrick O'Connor
    As the Republican presidential candidate in the fall of 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain had more power than anyone to upend the Wall Street rescue package. But McCain now feels duped by former Republican Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “We were all misled,” McCain said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” speaking of Paulson. “What did he do? He started pumping money into the financial institutions. Now the financial institutions are fine — Wall Street’s doing great. Main Street is in deep trouble.” Paulson and other former Bush administration officials told Congress at the time that the $700 billion lawmakers approved...
  • Citigroup Warns Customers It May Refuse To Allow Withdrawals

    02/19/2010 2:17:37 PM PST · by blam · 59 replies · 2,661+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-19-2010 | John Carney
    Citigroup Warns Customers It May Refuse To Allow Withdrawals John Carney Feb. 19, 2010, 2:57 PM The image of banks locking their doors to keep customers from making withdrawals during a bank run is what immediately came to mind when we heard that Citigroup was telling customers it has the right to prevent any withdrawals from checking accounts for seven days. "Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we...
  • What Citigroup knows that you don't

    02/16/2010 12:46:22 PM PST · by FromLori · 10 replies · 1,129+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 2/16/10 | David Weidner
    Questions of the day: Would you buy a round-trip ticket on an airplane prone to crashes? How about a car with a history of serious brake problems? Interested in a TV that works great, except for the picture? If you answered yes to any of those, do I have an investment opportunity for you
  • Citi plans crisis derivatives(too-big-to-fail playing with fire again?)

    02/09/2010 8:06:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 302+ views ^ | 02/08/10
    Citi plans crisis derivatives Author: Laurie Carver Source: Risk magazine | 08 Feb 2010 Categories: Derivatives Topics: Citi, hedging, liquidity crisis bankrupt Credit specialists at Citi are considering launching the first derivatives intended to pay out in the event of a financial crisis. The firm has drawn up plans for a tradable liquidity index, known as the CLX, on which products could be structured that allow buyers to hedge a spike in funding costs. Like the untraded US rates liquidity index (USRLI), the CLX is constructed as a sum of the Sharpe ratio – deviations from the mean divided by...
  • Citigroup loses $7.8B in 4Q

    01/19/2010 9:22:58 AM PST · by FromLori · 10 replies · 537+ views
    INO ^ | 1/19/10
    Citigroup Inc. became the latest bank to take a cautious view of consumers' credit problems, reporting a $7.77 fourth-quarter loss due to failed loans and the costs of repaying government bailout money. The bank said Tuesday it did see some early signs of improvement in its credit business although it still needed to set aside $8.18 billion to cover unpaid loans. That amount was down 10 percent from the third quarter, and 36 percent from a year earlier. John Gerspach, Citigroup's chief financial officer, reported one of those improving signs during a conference call with the media, noting that the...
  • FBI reportedly probing hacking theft at Citi

    12/22/2009 12:45:50 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies · 369+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 12/21/09 | Michael Kitchen
    <p>The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a computer-security breach targeting Citigroup Inc. (C 3.35, -0.07, -2.05%) that resulted in a theft of tens of millions of dollars by computer hackers, according to a Wall Street Journal report dated Tuesday.</p>
  • Feds openly manipulate Citigroup stock price

    12/18/2009 10:17:22 AM PST · by FromLori · 2 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/18/09 | DAVID FREDDOSO
    When contacted by the Washington Post to explain the special $38 billion tax deal the government is giving Citigroup, officials at the Department of the Treasury offered this explanation: Treasury officials said the government needed to grant the tax break in order to sell its shares in Citigroup because the company could not afford the loss. Officials also said that preserving the tax break would help the government sell its shares at a higher price. If any other shareholder engaged in this kind of behavior, he'd probably be indicted. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is rightly planning hearings on this debacle...
  • How To Lose 14% In Less Than Three Days?

    12/17/2009 2:40:53 PM PST · by FromLori · 8 replies · 937+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/17/09 | Tyler Durden
    Video at site
  • U.S. Could See $13-14 Billion Profit on Citi — Official

    12/15/2009 12:22:43 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 760+ views
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | December 14, 2009 | Reuters
    U.S. taxpayers could ultimately see a profit of $13 billion to $14 billion from Citigroup's payback of bailout investments, including dividends paid, a U.S. Treasury official said on Monday. That amount includes the gain on the government's 34 percent stake in Citi common shares , which was close to $5.8 billion as of Friday's close, as well as trust preferred securities with a $5.2 billion face value, received in a loss-sharing agreement backing a pool of Citigroup assets. The official also said the total also includes estimates of nearly $3 billion in dividends paid on the government's investments in the...
  • Citi starts closing Mastercards without warning

    10/20/2009 6:41:41 PM PDT · by John.Galt2012 · 56 replies · 2,897+ views
    AP ^ | October 20, 2009
    No law, including the Credit CARD Act that has started to take effect, prevents banks from closing down credit accounts without warning. Credit card issuers all maintain the right...
  • Pay czar fingerprints on Citi move to sell Phibro

    10/10/2009 10:34:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 478+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/9/09 | Steve Eder and Karey Wutkowski
    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government's "pay czar" played a critical role in Citigroup's(C.N) decision to sell off its lucrative commodities trading business, Phibro, a source familiar with the matter said Friday. The sale of the unit to Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY.N) relieves beleaguered Citigroup of a massive political headache-- what to do with Phibro trader Andrew Hall and his paycheck of up to $100 million. Hall has become the poster child of Wall Street's top earners; and while pay czar Kenneth Feinberg would have limited power over his pay this year, he would undoubtedly have dramatically restructured Hall's...
  • Citi sues Morgan Stanley over CDS, claims $245 mln

    09/26/2009 7:36:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 496+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/26/09
    Citi sues Morgan Stanley over CDS, claims $245 mln Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:35am BST NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research) sued Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Friday for breach of contract, saying the Wall Street firm owed it $245.4 million for protection it bought on a loan. Citibank bought a credit default swap (CDS) from Morgan Stanley & Co International in 2006 on a $366 million revolving credit facility it provided to an issuer of collateralized debt obligations (CDO), according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The...
  • Who's Too Big to Fail? [Federal Reserve, FDIC rebuffing more FOIA requests]

    09/13/2009 11:46:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 1,184+ views
    Regulators today won't define 'systemic risk,' unlike 25 years ago. With Congress back in session and the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers failure upon us, the Obama Administration is resuming its quest for greatly expanded authority to bail out American businesses. Under the Treasury reform blueprint, any financial company, whether a regulated bank or not, could be rescued or seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation if regulators believe it poses a systemic risk. If recent history is any guide, when the feds stage their next intervention, they will not define "systemic risk" and they will refuse to release the...
  • No Pity For CITI- US Watchdog Blasts Bank's Lack of Bailout Exit

    09/04/2009 7:19:35 PM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 509+ views
    New York Post ^ | 04 Sep 2009 | MARK DeCAMBRE
    The head of the committee overseeing how Uncle Sam is spending its bailout dollars offered withering criticism of the feds' handling of Citigroup's rescue, blasting regulators for their lack of transparency -- and the absence of any clear exit strategy. Noting that other companies that have received federal aid have served up proposals to pay back the money, Elizabeth Warren, chairman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, had harsh words about the lack of such a plan in the case of Citi, which has received $45 billion in rescue cash and is more than one-third owned by US taxpayers. "Too big...
  • Prominent Fundraiser for Obama and Clinton Charged With Fraud

    08/26/2009 6:44:31 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 1,181+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | August 26, 2009 | Tom Hays The Associated Press
    A wealthy investment banker and prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats was arrested Tuesday on charges he lied to get a $74 million business loan that -- once confronted by authorities -- he hastily repaid. Prosecutors accused Hassan Nemazee of giving Citibank documents showing he owned millions of dollars in collateral. They said the documents were "fraudulent and forged." A Clinton spokesman didn't immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment. The chairman and chief executive of Manhattan-based Nemazee Capital Corp. served as national finance chairman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008, and later...
  • A Piggy Banker with Lipstick

    03/18/2009 10:24:55 AM PDT · by The Conservative Yogini · 1 replies · 266+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    Alexander Lewis, who has been at Citigroup since 1999 and before that worked at the Federal Reserve, will head to the Treasury "to work on domestic financial issues," said the Citigroup memo, which was sent Tuesday. -WSJ I suppose it is a step up for his career, but I am not so certain it is a step up for America. Citigroup’s chief economist Lewis Alexander just got a new dream job at the Treasury Department. And wow, he also once worked for the Federal Reserve – impressive! He is a professional con-man. Again, the administration is blatantly recycling old crooks...
  • Can Citigroup Ever Turn It Around?

    07/23/2009 5:48:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 465+ views
    TIME ^ | 7/23/2009 | Stephen Gandel
    While much of Wall Street and the rest of the financial sector are finally seeing some sun, the storm clouds around Citigroup just don't seem to break. Last Friday, the company said it earned $3.4 billion in its second quarter. It was the second quarter in a row that Citi had announced a profit, after many critics said the company was done for. In a press release, Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit triumphantly said, "Our financial results today reflect the incredibly dedicated efforts of all of our people around the world and their success in implementing our plan." But in the...
  • What Citigroup SHOULD Say to Us, Its Shareholders, not the crap they will say

    07/30/2009 2:53:46 PM PDT · by bareford101 · 2 replies · 417+ views
    NY Times (3 days ago before it was announced) ^ | July 27, 2009 | Anthony Currie
    This is what Citibank SHOULD say to us. Not what they will say. It is very revealing: snip "First off, you just swapped your preferred shares for common stock. Right now it looks as if the exchange offer will wipe about 11 percent off the $25 billion the government invested for you in the preferreds that are being swapped, out of a total of $45 billion invested in Citi since the credit crisis began. And you’re losing the 5 percent dividend you were getting on that money. Common shares may be riskier investments than preferred stock. But hey, what’s life...
  • Taxpayers Now Own One-Third of Citigroup

    07/30/2009 2:45:13 PM PDT · by FromLori · 11 replies · 378+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 7/30/09
    One hundred ninety-seven years, one month and 14 days after its founding, Citigroup Inc has given a roughly 34 percent stake to U.S. taxpayers. While a few technical details still remain, the bank has completed a months-long effort to convert preferred shares held by the U.S. government into common stock. Citigroup on Thursday completed two exchange offers to bolster the capital position of the nation's third-biggest bank, widely considered the most troubled large U.S. lender. Public investors, private investors and the government swapped close to $58 billion of preferred securities into common stock of the New York-based bank. Citigroup has...
  • Citigroup CEO: Accept new world of tighter credit

    06/17/2009 12:26:42 AM PDT · by FromLori · 8 replies · 515+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/16/09
    Borrowers should accept a new world of tighter, more expensive credit as financial institutions recover from months of bad loans, failed banks and foreclosed homes, Citigroup Inc.'s chief executive said Monday. During the past few years, "U.S. consumption and credit creation were the two main drivers of growth," Vikram Pandit told a conference of business, economic and government leaders in downtown Detroit. "The world needs new drivers of growth — and a new business model." Pandit's speech closed the first day of the three-day National Summit, which is expected to draw about 3,000 attendees to Detroit over three days. The...
  • Tim Geithner Is Protecting Vikram Pandit

    06/09/2009 8:47:30 PM PDT · by FromLori · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Ugh. Why does Timmy insist on making thing worse? Read » Earlier today we mentioned that the government should be considering seizing Citigroup and breaking it up. Unfortunately, it seems that the Obama administration is going in the opposite direction: protecting Citi's chief executive from FDIC bosslady Sheila Bair, who has been agitating for changes to Citi's top management. It looks like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has become Pandit's best friend in Washington. Bill McConnell of the Deal explains: The $58 billion stock swap was reportedly held up as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairman pressed to have Pandit replaced...
  • EXCLUSIVE: The New York Fed Has Been Captured By Citigroup, Top Obama Official Complains

    06/09/2009 3:43:20 PM PDT · by FromLori · 5 replies · 663+ views
    No wonder Pandit's job is safe The New York Fed cannot effectively regulate Citi because it has been captured by the mega-bank, according to a top economic official inside the Obama administration. The close relationship between Citi executives and officials at the New York Fed is stymieing efforts to reform the bank and change its management, according to the official. The official asked not to be identified. Citi executives have told Charlie Gasparino that they are in a "regulatory purgatory," unsure about what the government's plans for them have been. Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sheila Bair's FDIC...
  • Dow gets shake-up as GM, Citi kicked out of average

    06/01/2009 9:34:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies · 730+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/1/2009 | Leah Schnurr
    General Motors and Citigroup were kicked out of the closely watched Dow Jones industrial average on Monday, marking a historic fall from grace for two once venerable American corporations. In a widely anticipated move, Dow Jones & Co said technology bellwether Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) will replace GM, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday morning. Travelers Co (TRV.N), a large home, auto and commercial insurer, will take the place of Citigroup due to the bank's restructuring and the government's "large and ongoing stake." The changes marked the latest fallout on the financial landscape from the collapse of the U.S. housing...
  • Citigroup's Richard Parsons [Obama pal] has love child

    05/22/2009 7:31:51 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 19 replies · 1,850+ views
    It's no secret that Citigroup board Chairman Richard Parsons has been working for months to repair the financial giant. But, until now, even his closest associates didn't know he also was wrestling with a personal crisis - how to tell his wife and three children he has fathered a child with another woman. Parsons and model-philanthropist MacDella Cooper are the parents of a baby girl named Ella.
  • Citi Said to Need Up to $10 Billion [Tax, Borrow, Loan, and Spend!]

    05/02/2009 2:39:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 415+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | May 02nd 2009
    MAY 2, 2009 Citi Said to Need Up to $10 Billion By DAVID ENRICH and DAMIAN PALETTA WASHINGTON -- Citigroup Inc. may need to raise as much as $10 billion in new capital, according to people familiar with the matter, as the government continues negotiations with banks over the results of its so-called stress tests. The bank, like many others, is negotiating with the Federal Reserve and may need less if regulators accept the bank's arguments about its financial health, these people said. In a best-case scenario, Citigroup could wind up having a roughly $500 million cushion above what the...
  • Citigroup Needs Another $10 Billion

    05/02/2009 5:42:51 AM PDT · by FromLori · 14 replies · 783+ views
    Stress test results spell big-time dilution for Citi shareholders. And that's if they can even raise the money. Read »