Friday, October 16, 2009

Citigroup Getting Hurt By Mortgage Defaults and Consumer Loan Delinquencies

Citigroup Getting Hurt By Mortgage Defaults and Consumer Loan Delinquencies

According to this Yahoo! News article, Citi results weighed down by failed loans, Citigroup (aka CitiBank) is being hit very hard by high rates of default on mortgages and consumer loans. The article states, Citigroup "reported a $101 million profit before accounting for $288 million in preferred stock dividends and the debt exchange offer that gave the government a 34 percent stake in the bank. Including those items, the New York-based bank reported a $3.24 billion loss. Citigroup, one of the hardest hit during the credit crisis and recession, said loan losses during the quarter came to $8 billion, down $386 million from nearly $8.4 billion in the second quarter, but a sign that many consumers continue to be overwhelmed.
Citigroup's results are a measure not only of its health after it lost nearly $19 billion in 2008 and needed a $45 billion government bailout, but also the economy's, since the bank caters to consumers."

The article quotes Bart Narter, a senior vice president at consulting firm Celent, as saying "The bank is not making money, they are losing money in credit cards and mortgages, and it's dragging down the entire bank." The article also quotes Nancy Atkinson, senior analyst at Boston-based research firm Aite Group, as saying that Citigroup "still has a number of quarters that are going to be challenging. They made very bad bets on mortgages and consumer lending. They were clearly a leader in the consumer card space, and as a result are suffering now."

According to the article, the problems at Citigroup are similar to other large banks as a result of the poor economy and high unemployment rate. The article states "more customers stop repaying loans as the economy falters and unemployment rises. Credit card defaults and mortgage losses are likely to continue to climb."

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