Report: Citigroup to scale back US footprint

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by piggie2000, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. big news. no banks want to lend to broke us consumers and that includes gov't owned citi

    Report: Citigroup to scale back US footprint
    Report: Citigroup looking to maintain presence in just 6 metro areas, limit lending to wealthy
    On Thursday September 24, 2009, 12:12 am EDT
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup Inc., one of the biggest recipients of government bailout funds, is looking to scale back its U.S. retail footprint to just six major metropolitan areas and limit most lending to wealthy customers, according to a published report.

    Citi's management is looking to reduce the bank's U.S. consumer lending to mainly credit cards and "jumbo" mortgages, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the situation.

    The New York-based bank's executives are expected in October to present plans to the board of directors to pare Citi's retail branch network and concentrate mainly on the New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, the paper said.

    Most of Citi's branch locations are located internationally. Citi currently operates about 1,000 U.S. branches, much fewer than the 5,000-plus run by Bank of America Corp. and JP Morgan Chase & Co., which expanded its network with the takeover of Washington Mutual last year. While the moves would be designed to help the bank work "smaller-but-smarter," the paper said some Citi executives are concerned that the U.S. government, which owns a 34 percent stake in Citi, could balk at branch closings.
  2. pitz


    The USA has got to be one of the most 'overbanked' countries on earth.

    So a reduction in capacity is perfectly rational, and will only make the economy healthier in the long run.
  3. I go into my bank so infrequently (actually not around where I live after a move), it is not funny. If they got rid of all their branches, it would take me months to notice.

    Everything done online or through ATM network.
  4. Only ever go in when I need FX for a vacation. No need otherwise.