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The investment in the former has made Paulson and Co over $1 billion since mid-2009 and the latter is on the up and up. Read more »
From Citi’s latest 8-K, which Vikula is going to have framed and hung in his office: Read more »
For those of you who failed to mark it down on your calendars, please be advised that today is Vikram Pandit’s birthday (his 54th to be exact). Normally we’d tell you to drop what you’re doing and pick up something for him A-SAP but this year we’d advise you to go the no presents route. Not because Vickles is one of those faux modest jerks who says “no gifts, just your company” while not really meaning it but because we can say with absolute certainty that you will not top the gift to end all gifts Vikula is already poised to receive. Dick Parsons, if you’ll do the honors. Read more »
Vikram Pandit tests out the goods at Citi’s new branch, which the bank opened yesterday and celebrated with a red carpet and a waiter carrying ‘a platter of bite-size donuts and a sugary dipping sauce.’ [Dealbook via HNM]
For the last few years or so, Citi has been shown relatively little respect by market participants. That may have had to do with the fact that the bank was not a very desirable asset, having decided during the Sandy Weill era that big is beautiful. Unfortunately the C went a little too far with the idea, making it it’s business to consume everything in arm’s reach. It quite literally became “too big to fail,” and the only attention it got was negative. Receiving the sort of admiration and compliments afforded to a place like Goldman or JPMorgan was out of the question; the nicest thing you could say about C was it would take home plenty of ribbons at a pie eating contest– “best digestion,” etc. And Vickles ain’t gonna lie the jabs stung. But now? Post-makeover that’s included shedding assets, slimming down and getting back to the “core” business? Vikram is feeling hot. Regulation hottie hot. And not just when he and C look in the mirror, but in the eyes of the Street.
Pandit touted moves the bank has made to streamline its operations—winding down Citi Holdings, selling assets and improving efficiency in its global operations. The holding company was separated from Citi’s general operations to get rid of the toxic assets that remained on the company balance sheet.
“…the markets are increasingly recognizing who we are…” Pandit told CNBC. The company has made progression in its global business and trading arms and will “have the market appreciate even more what Citi is,” he added.
As you may or may not have noticed, things have really been looking up at Citi. The bank beat Goldman at something, it got the government’s ball-gag removed from its mouth and today comes the news it was able to land a big hire in academic rainmaker, Peter Orszag, whose job description is “youngest member of Citi’s Senior Strategic Advisory group, a counsel of Wall Street wise men that its bankers can call on to parachute in with advice on complex deals.” And that’s not all. Read more »