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Citigroup to exit custodial business in Argentina following ruling from Judge Griesa

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 08:07 UTC
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Citigroup Inc announced on Tuesday it plans to exit its custodial business in Argentina as soon as possible, after a US judge refused to lift an injunction that blocked the bank from processing interest payments on 2.3 billion of Argentina bonds, issued under Argentine law. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Well that was easy!

    The Argentineam government always makes out that everything will be a drama...... it is all terribly anticlimactic.

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Not so easy yet. Remember that Citigroup has been in argieland since 1917. It will have taken on the 'colour' of the 'country'. So the injunction must be continued until Citigroup can no longer process anything by the corrupt and criminal. Why would it need a 'stay' unless it was planning to pull a fast one?

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Now we see if Sillyoff has a plan B.

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic


    Mar 18th, 2015 - 05:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Citi may want to divest but they'll have to find someone to sell to or to take the current clients by eom. I don't see Griesa giving them any leeway on the order.

    I really hope they leave and this is a good way to do it.

    They lose a lot of U$ in Argentina and the legacy means nothing.

    Get out while the getting is still possible...

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 05:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Hon. Thomas Griesa must have explained Citibank: “Sorry guys, but holding the other Argentina creditors from getting their due money hasn't been enough--we need to increase the pressure.”
    And so the saga continues, with Griesa preventing Argentina from making its legitimate debt servicing payments to creditors representing 93 per cent of its foreign debt unless the Republic pays a fraction of the 7 per cent--the holdout creditors known as vultures.
    Let's remember that the vultures are not regular investors. They buy bonds for pennies on the dollar from countries in really bad situations, as Argentina was after its default of 2001--and then seek help from legal courts to enforce payment of 100 per cent of the bonds face value.
    Such scheme worked wonders with countries such as Peru and Republic of Congo--because of their own circumstances they paid the vultures quietly--but has encountered unexpected resistance from Argentina.
    Not only Argentina refused to pay the vultures, even as pushed to a “technical default” by Griesa and company--it has exposed the vultures' tactics in international forums for what they are.
    Not an easy ride for pack leaders Paul Singer and his NML Capital.

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 07:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Yes Enrique.

    Increase the pressure.

    What is Argentina going to do about it? Seemingly nothing. Please adjust your expectations accordingly.

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 08:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 6
    “Not an easy ride for pack leaders Paul Singer and his NML Capital.”

    You are one stupid bugger, that IS for certain.

    It would surprise me if those names put together do not have more liquidity than TDC presently given that most of the “money” claimed to exist by TMBOA is in scrip and not in greenbacks. It's nothing more than promises by TDC and we all know what they are worth, don't we? NADA.

    Do you not realise that Singer is PLAYING with TDC and enjoys every minute whilst his team get ever closer to grabbing the hard assets of TDC to liquidate for themselves.

    Have you thought of undergoing a lobotomy, it would improve your intelligence to that of an imbecile?

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 09:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    The government apparently plans on seizing money. ;)

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 11:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    The only reason these idiots on here support the actions of Singer & Co is because it is against Argentina...if it was their own country that was being pursued by these Vultures their support would evaporate.
    Try and justify it all you like...but don't lie to know it is wrong...

    Mar 18th, 2015 - 11:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Enforcing a contract is not wrong. The law is unemotive.

    If you don't like a contract then don't sign it. But don't cry foul when someone enforces what you agreed to.

    Being a contrarian doesn't make your logical.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 07:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Exactly Skip...don't gamble with your the small print, investments will go down as well as up, your money is at risk is the gist of what it says...
    Blame the investment companies that will risk your savings without a second thought in their pursuit of profit...
    I have no sympathy for gamblers at all...
    That is fairly logical...

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 11:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    People have to be pretty dumb to equate a sovereign bond with gambling. A bond is a contract, legally enforceable in its jurisdiction, so you must consider the language and the credit worthiness of the entity issuing the bond to see if it fits your risk profile.
    Investors expect and can demand that the contract be enforced if it is feels like it is not.

    As I have said for many years this is simple NY contract law that's been established for over 200yrs.

    I don't understand why the dimwits on this board don't get it.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    So it wasn't a risk buying junk bonds and relying on enough financial and political clout to pursue the enforcement through International courts...?
    There is no such thing as a safe bet...
    All investment is gambling bonds are no different...circumstances always change....

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    It was calculated risk based on contract verbiage.
    He won
    He will be paid
    The interest and penalties keep accruing every day.

    Investments is not gambling it is not blind risk.
    You're a very sad sack.
    Always bringing down the tone of the conversation with nonsense.
    Grow up.

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    “Investments is not gambling it is not blind risk. ”

    I suppose that is why so many banks and investment companies go bust...
    Have you ever invested the small print...says it all...

    Investment is totally safe according to Realtor Fred the financial wizard...
    You do talk such shite...

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 01:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Sistah, I'm not even going to waste my time. If you are old enough to type you should know the difference between and investment and gambling.

    But you grew up poor and low class you'll die poor and low class.
    It has no bearing on my life.

    You're a sad sack.
    Go bother someone else

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 01:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Typical response from the stupid Yank when he can't refute the simple statement...
    ...........INVESTMENT INVOLVES RISK..........

    I usually take all my financial advice from a Waiter/Realtor..........NOT!...;-)))

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 01:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    So Citi sees exit as its only option. But a senior Argentine government source told Reuters that The Republic won't allow Citigroup to leave.

    ”There is no way we will let them exit their (custody) business,” said the official.

    Argentina insists that the bank distribute funds to most of Argentina's creditors. A US court ruling prevents Citi from doing that.

    Read more:

    Mar 19th, 2015 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Yes, investment involves risk.

    Seems Argentina tried to play that card..... and how is that working out? Bahahahahaha

    Mar 20th, 2015 - 08:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doggy Rap

    Idiot child Enrique Massot

    you have been shown, that NML paid more on the dollar than Argentina.

    Why do you continue telling stupid lies?

    Obviously because you are an idiot child.

    Calling the holdout bond owners “vultures” proves that you are an idiot child.

    Vultures feed on rotting corpses, thus holdouts “vultures” means that Argentina is a rotting corpse.

    Mar 21st, 2015 - 03:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Moderator

    @ 6

    The old senile Judge has changed his mind again, read this :

    Hope you like it.

    Mar 23rd, 2015 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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