Citi Addresses Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Rumors

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From: Mike Corbat
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 9:35 AM
Subject: Recent Press Coverage
To all GWM Colleagues:

Clearly, there has been a great deal of recent media coverage around a possible joint venture between Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. I know that it’s frustrating to read about a rumored agreement in the press, and we’re sorry about that. Should there be any news, we will communicate with you as quickly and candidly as possible.
Until then, I appreciate your hard work and continued focus on the business and your clients.
CEO Citi Global Wealth Management

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29 Responses to “Citi Addresses Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Rumors”

  1. MarshallStack says:

    Like throwing an anvil to a drowning man.

  2. guest says:

    I love the term Wealth Management

  3. guest says:

    @2 what will be the next euphemism after ‘Wealth Management’ irreparably linked to 40% losses?

  4. guest says:

    “You know something is happening, we know something is happening, but we aren’t going to tell you”.
    Great “team” playing!!

  5. guest says:

    “I know that it’s frustrating to read about a rumored agreement in the press, and we’re sorry about that.”
    This is exactly how I talk to my 3-year-old: “I know that it’s frustrating to have to eat broccoli and not cupcakes for dinner, and I’m sorry about that”

  6. guest says:

    Charles…..time to spread more rumors -get on the horn and find out what’s REALLY going on!

  7. guest says:

    Global Asset Growth Management? GAG’M?

  8. guest says:

    this is paulson holding a gun to vicki’s head, saying that he’s has to sell something to offset the 4Q $10b black hole. typical gs massage technique. if this goes though, what’s left to make money for the firm? the rainmaker quit on friday.

  9. guest says:

    I work for Smith Barney and they just changed the comp plan downward, raised insurance premiums, etc. Basically bankers (bean counters) are in charge. Many brokers will be leaving soon. My guess is that they (VP) is trying to unload before the mass exodus hits the bottom line. Management has been walking arount with targets on their backs.

  10. guest says:

    In other words- You will hear any news after Vinny Gaspareeeno steals it from Dealbreaker and reports it as news. GBTW Mofos

  11. guest says:

    I work at Smith Barney, and I can tell that the firm cultures are way to different for a merger to work. For one thing, everyone who works here is a vampire.

  12. Conflicts of disinterest says:

    @7 – GAG’M – that is some funny shit…HAHAHA! Why cant the rest of you clowns entertain me like that??

  13. guest says:

    Cannot believe he didn’t blame DB for the leaks

  14. guest says:

    11 Maybe so, but the opportunities for cost reductions are just too juicy to pass this up. Sounds like a winner to me, unless you’re one of the support staff that will be deemed duplicate.

  15. guest says:

    @3 I predict it will include the word risk, like “Asset and Risk Management”. Something like that.

  16. guest says:

    You could substitute Worldwide for Global and make it WAG’M.

  17. Goldbugs69 says:

    Reminds me of when I worked at Citi two years ago. The group manager/SVP told
    my 200 person group in multiple meetings that there would be no layoffs in the forseeable future. Business was good. Less than two months later all were fired.
    Old Citi business motto: do it now and apologize later.

  18. Anal_yst says:

    Or, they could just, ya’ know, make their individual brokerages run more efficiently without jumping head first into a questionable JV, duh?

  19. guest says:

    18 The impact of a combo dwarfs anything they could do individually.

  20. guest says:

    Mike Corbat, can’t you take another look at it and come back to everyone with a definitive answer? Only dumb people will believe this pile of crap you are pushing, sad day when the media has more street cred than business and government leaders….

  21. guest says:

    #12 – …”I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f’N’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?”

  22. guest says:

    If I was a headhunter I would be aggressively calling on Smith Barney brokers right now. Make no mistake Mr. Morgan, unless their are incentive payments around there will be a mass exodus from SB employees. The majority of SB brokers have absolutely no faith whatsoever in Citi’s senior management.

  23. guest says:

    who cares if the knuckledraggers head off to another firm/ on their own/ zombies? the deal is getting sold on “synergies” and “cost savings” and “steady revenue streams” all of which is complete bull shit in a market like this. there is always a bid for good brokers away with solid fee-based businesses and loyal clients. even the dumb ass brokers who lost their clients 50% since 07 still keep preying on their clients insecurities…. that works in all markets!!! good luck DEAN SOLOMON! back to life from the dead a combination of completely disastrous proportions.

  24. guest says:

    Speaking of drowning men, can someone throw out a life raft or two for those of us in Richmond, VA at Smith Barney???

  25. guest says:

    Speaking of drowning men, can someone throw out a life raft or two for those of us in Richmond, VA at Smith Barney???

  26. […] as presented by Hoyt: In January, Dealbreaker, a competing Web site, scored a scoop by posting an internal Citigroup memo about a rumored joint venture. The same memo soon went up on DealBook, […]

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