At least that seems to be the implication, based on this laminated list of the top things women do to “sabotage their careers,” which is can apparently be found on the desk of every female HR employee at the ‘group. [DX]
As mentioned last week, analyst Mike Mayo has been going around telling clients and whoever else will listen that the bank is inflating its profits and needs to a write down $50 billion of deferred-tax assets. For the offense, Citi has, according to Charlie Gasparino, frozen Mayo out. No one-on-ones in Pandit’s office, no phone interviews, and he’s even blocked from Uncle Vik on IM, which has got to chap some serious hide. On Friday, fellow analyst Dick Bové inserted himself into the situation, coming out and claiming Mayo be talking shit, and that Citi is “not cooking the books.” Today, Mayo went on.
“We believe that Citigroup’s financial targets can encourage short-term excesses over long-term prudence,” Mayo wrote in a note to clients titled “A Matter of Trust.” Mayo, an analyst at the securities firm CLSA, added: “Citi has an aggressive financial target of 5% asset growth when so much of its past problems stem from excessive asset growth.”
Charlie Gasparino is apparently going to reveal the winning answer shortly but for those of you whose offices don’t have the TV’s turned to FBN, let’s take some stabs at it. Historically, Meredith Whitney has been the analyst with whom the bank has had the most beef, so she should be the first name that comes to mind. We can confidently cross her name off the list, though, ’cause they don’t have the balls. I suppose it could be Dick Bové but are they really looking for another tear-streamed freak-out? Probably not. So, who then? Mayo? Some bucket shop pissant you’ve never heard of so C can feel like a big man without having a certain dominatrix shove a shiv up their asses?
Only half-serious, of course (though Vickles does love a charity case). What the bank does care about is having its wealthy clients’ hard-earned money pissed away by a bunch of pissants who need to be put on a leash.
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