September 1, 2007 |
Ameriquest Mortgage Co., once the "Proud Sponsor of the American Dream," is closing. Citigroup Inc. said Friday that it would buy the remnants of the Ameriquest empire from ACC Capital Holdings in Orange, and ACC said it was "preparing for an orderly wind-down of its retail mortgage business." Ameriquest shuttered its 229 retail offices months ago. As recently as 2005, Ameriquest and its sister company, Argent Mortgage, were together the No. 1 sub-prime mortgage lender in the world.
August 15, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc. and three of the largest U.S. brokerage firms plan to create a trading system for unregistered securities as more companies seek to avoid regulation by raising money privately. Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Morgan Stanley and Citigroup expect to begin operating the Open Platform for Unregistered Securities, or OPUS-5, in September, the companies said in a statement Tuesday.
July 21, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc. said Friday that its second-quarter profit rose 18% on strong overseas operations that led to record revenue for the biggest U.S. bank. Rival Wachovia Corp. also posted a double-digit profit jump for the quarter, but both banks saw their shares decline as they padded their provisions for loans that go sour -- a move many other banks have made as they gird themselves for a shakier credit environment. New York-based Citigroup's net income rose to $6.23 billion, or $1.
May 9, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc. said it would commit $50 billion to environmental projects over the next decade, the biggest commitment from Wall Street to address climate change. The amount includes nearly $10 billion in activities that the bank already has undertaken. New York-based Citigroup plans to increase to $10 billion from about $1 billion its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its 14,500 locations worldwide.
May 3, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc. said Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $1.47 billion for Bisys Group Inc., which provides accounting and administrative services to hedge funds and private equity firms. The acquisition of Roseland, N.J.-based Bisys could help Citigroup, the biggest U.S. bank, compete against rivals such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. in serving alternative-asset managers, including hedge funds, the fastest-growing part of the investment industry.
April 12, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc. on Wednesday said it would eliminate 17,000 jobs, or about 5% of its workforce, in a broad restructuring designed to cut costs, boost profit and bolster a lagging stock price. An additional 9,500 jobs will move to lower-cost locations worldwide. That means the restructuring will affect 8% of the bank's 327,000-person workforce. Consumer banking, Citigroup's largest unit, will be hardest hit, followed by corporate and investment banking.
April 6, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc., one of the largest mortgage lenders, is telling brokers that starting Monday it will stop making some riskier home loans, documents obtained by Reuters show. The move follows decisions by Countrywide Financial Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and other major mortgage lenders to tighten their underwriting standards as homeowner delinquencies and defaults increase. The changes at Citigroup Inc.'
February 20, 2007 |
The U.S. is in the middle of a retail banking war, but Citigroup Inc., one of the biggest American banks, has fallen behind. Take the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in New York. On the northeast corner is a branch of Chase, with new wood paneling and sleek neon lighting. Half a block away is a North Fork branch, with bold colors, gentle lighting and zebra-skin-patterned chairs in a waiting area.
January 30, 2007 |
Citigroup Inc. said it had agreed to buy British insurer Prudential's Egg Banking, an Internet bank, for 575 million pounds ($1.13 billion) in cash. The combination of Egg and Citigroup's British consumer operations will create a financial services provider with 4 million customers, more than quadrupling Citigroup's 800,000 British credit card base.