Citigroup investigation

I’d rather see a criminal prosecution, because the SEC normally gives them a laughable fine and a slap on the wrist:

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Citigroup’s role in a $1 billion deal that the bank created in the run-up to the financial crisis. The agency is looking at whether Citi improperly pushed an independent manager to put specific assets into the deal, according to people familiar with the probe.

The deal was a collateralized debt obligation named Class V Funding III, which was completed in late February 2007. The CDO was made up of pieces of other CDOs that were themselves backed by risky slices of subprime mortgages. The deal was managed by Credit Suisse Alternative Capital, a division of the Swiss banking giant. Independent managers such as Credit Suisse were charged with picking the best assets for the CDO. Citigroup arranged and marketed the deal to investors.

Details on the investigation are sparse. The SEC declined to comment on the probe. But the SEC has been conducting a wide-ranging investigation into Wall Street’s CDO business, including whether investment banks created deals in order to dump assets of declining value onto unsuspecting buyers.

3 thoughts on “Citigroup investigation

  1. “…whether investment banks created deals in order to dump assets of declining value onto unsuspecting buyers.”

    But… isn’t that their job?

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