Posts belonging to Category Citigroup Hedge Funds

How Citigroup Met its Disclosure Obligations: a ‘Brain-Scrambling, Obfuscating Collection of Words’


After federal district court judge Jed Rakoff “forcefully rejected” a $285 million settlement between the SEC and Citigroup, Susan Beck bravely decided to read the prospectus for the Class V Funding III CDO at the center of the controversy, in order to see the disclosures that Citigroup says are adequate. What she found was a […]

Hedge Funds Continue to ‘Hide the Ball’ from Investors


Hedge funds are winning the fight against transparency. While hedge funds with more than $1.5 billion in assets will be required to report certain information to the Securities and Exchange Commission under new rules, after intense lobbying, no hedge funds will be required to report “position information,” or details on individual investment holdings; they will […]

Hedge Fund Heroes Getting Battered


Unfortunately, many investors are experiencing first hand the truism that hedge fund managers rarely outperform the market on consistent basis. John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made a killing when Goldman Sachs let him select bad CDO assets, which he turned around and bet against, is having a tough time in 2011. His hedge […]

More Hedge Fund Problems at Citi?


Bloomberg reports that Citigroup invested approximately $800 million of shareholder’s equity in its own private equity and hedge funds during the third quarter, despite knowing that regulators are busy drafting the Volcker rule, which would curtail the practice. Citigroup reportedly classified the $800 million as Level 3 assets, which are illiquid assets that are valued […]

Arbitration Panel Renders $54 Million Award Against Citigroup in Case Involving MAT/ASTA Municipal Arbitrage Investments


A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel in Denver has ordered Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. to pay over $54 million in damages for its abusive conduct in marketing and managing various investments including municipal bond hedge funds known as MAT/ASTA. The arbitration panel issued their award on April 8, 2011.

Victims of Investment Malpractice or Other Financial Misconduct During the Recent Financial Crisis May Be on the Verge of Losing Legal Rights


If you are an investor who lost money in the financial crisis, your stockbroker or investment advisor may owe you money. There are a variety of legal claims that can be brought for investment malpractice, ranging from fraud and misrepresentation to making unsuitable investment recommendations. But there are also legal deadlines for bringing such claims, […]

Citigroup Hit with a $6.4 Million Judgement Involving its MAT/ASTA Municipal Arbitrage Funds.


Citigroup’s problems with its proprietary MAT/ASTA municipal arbitrage funds just keep growing. A recent Wall Street Journal article by Suzanne Barlyn entitled “Citi Units Must Pay $6.4 Million Over Muni-Arbitrage Loss,” which concerns Citi’s disastrous MAT/ASTA municipal arbitrage funds, reports a significant $6.4 million award issued against Citigroup in a MAT/ASTA case by a Financial […]

Brokers May Reap Big Rewards for Reporting Alleged Fraudulent Conduct by Citigroup in the MAT/ASTA Municipal Arbitrage Funds


The Wall Street Journal reports that several former Citigroup/Smith Barney brokers have been sharing information with the SEC about alleged fraudulent practices associated with the MAT/ASTA municipal bond arbitrage funds that lost more than 75% of their value between 2007 and 2008. (“Citi Debt Funds Probed by SEC,” 11/8/10). These brokers may stand to be […]

Front Page Article in the Wall Street Journal Highlights Recent MAT/ASTA Arbitration Award


A recent front-page Wall Street Journal article by Randall Smith entitled “Citi Debt Funds Probed by SEC,” which concerns Citi’s disastrous MAT/ASTA municipal arbitrage fund, features a highly significant $1.8 million award issued against Citigroup in a MAT/ASTA case by a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel.

Citigroup’s Mismanagement of MAT/ASTA Funds Produces “Grand Slam” Award for Investors


In his September 9, 2010 article in The Bond Buyer entitled “Judgment Aids Investors in Citi Case,” author Dan Seymour describes a recent Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration award of more than $1.8 million in favor of MAT/ASTA investors as “[a] grand-slam judgment [that] has emboldened the lawyers and investors seeking to recoup losses […]