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Breaking News…Citi “National Bank??”

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 22nd, 2009 10:24 PM |

UPDATED from late last night . . .

I just proposed on LD’s Dollars and Sense the idea that the markets would force Citigroup into the government’s hands. I thought it would occur within a month.  In just checking the WSJ newswire it appears that executives from Citi are negotiating with the government as I write this. The fact that Citi is looking to broker a transaction currently is effectively an admisson on their part that they are technically insolvent. While the U.S.  Eyes Large Stake in Citi, the common shareholders in Citi would be seriously diluted.  How would creditors be treated? At this stage I would guess that creditors will be untouched. I would imagine that if this transaction occurs, other banking shares will trade down in sympathy.

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