By Citi February 26, 2010 10:35 AMSingle, 36- to 49-year-olds in Dallas spend $57 per month on hobbies. Who knew?
Anyone might now, with the launch of personal finance site BundleSM, removing the veil of secrecy from how other people save and spend their money.
Bundle, of which we at Citi are proud to be an investor and strategic partner, boasts one of the most extensive collections of free consumer spending data on the Web. This allows users to measure their own activity against others just like them.
By Citi February 23, 2010 02:28 PMDiffuse information is the enemy of good decision making. So we've introduced CitiDirect (R) PRISM, our latest tool to bring together data from multiple, unrelated sources to help asset managers make better, faster decisions that minimize risk and maximize the performance of their clients' investments.
Using cutting-edge heat-mapping visualization technology, CitiDirect PRISM creates a single information view that equips fund managers as well as asset owners to more easily grasp a portfolio's performance and risk exposure.
It does what smarter technology can do: provide insights into complex data relationships across several metrics and enable interaction with large amounts of data in an intuitive way. The flexible aggregation and reporting dashboards improve upon existing tools that help spot patterns and anomalies that could be missed in larger reports.
The net result of CitiDirect PRISM? Information that's more available and useful, resulting in improved risk evaluation.
By Citi February 22, 2010 01:09 PM
For many Americans, homeownership is the investment of a lifetime, and having it jeopardized by job loss or other financial setbacks can be overwhelming, to say the least.
At Citi, we understand the special responsibility we bear, and are working every day to keep distressed homeowners out of foreclosure.
For more information on the CitiMortgage programs, visit www.citimortgage.com
By Citi February 17, 2010 01:08 PMThese days, the mobile phone transcends voice communication. We have the power to book a dinner reservation, purchase movie tickets for afterward and ensure a cab is waiting at the end of evening - all from the palm of our hand.
So why should philanthropy be any different? This question rings especially true in light of the recent devastation in Haiti.
CauseWorld, a new application from shopkick for the iPhone and Android phones (with other platforms coming soon), lets users give back to important global causes simply by visiting businesses in their local area.
With each visit, the user earns "karma points" that they can donate to causes they choose from a list in the CauseWorld application. Users can donate to multiple causes, including the American Red Cross disaster relief in Haiti.
Citi and Kraft have provided nearly $500,000 in donations to power CauseWorld's launch. It is our hope that other companies will follow suit upon seeing the results that such an innovative business model can achieve.
CauseWorld is available for free at the iPhone App store and on Android devices.
By Citi February 15, 2010 08:00 AMAt Citi, we are deeply committed to finding every solution possible to help families avoid foreclosure. Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, the reality is that not every homeowner has the financial ability to remain in their home.
So Citi has recently launched a pilot program designed to help distressed CitiMortgage customers who are ineligible for other homeowner assistance programs. The Citi Foreclosure Alternatives Program allows eligible borrowers to avoid the foreclosure process and stay in their homes for a period of up to six months in exchange for the deed to their property. At the end of the six months, the borrower will turn over the property deed to CitiMortgage. To help with their move, CitiMortgage will provide relocation counseling and a minimum of $1,000 in financial assistance. This deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure program is being piloted in Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio.
We hope this program can help homeowners make a smooth transition into the next chapter of their lives.
For more information on Citi's homeowner assistance programs, visit www.citimortgage.com
By Citi February 01, 2010 02:49 PM
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February 01, 2010 03:29 AMAt the most basic level, banking is all about the balance between risk and reward. And sometimes that balance needs to be adjusted to align with current conditions. Brian Leach, our Chief Risk Officer, has overhauled Citi's approach to risk so that moving forward, we will be one of the safest and most prudent banks in the marketplace.
For our society to function efficiently, capital needs to flow. But the attendant risk must be better managed. That's why we've strengthened our commitment to responsible finance. We've brought in new risk management leadership. And we've reduced our risky assets by more than half and our overall assets by more than a quarter. Reduced risk means less loss and more money available for the people who need it most - American businesses and individuals who are working so hard to face the challenges of the current economy. The new Citi. Working to be smarter, stronger and to help fuel the recovery.
February 01, 2010 03:28 AM
One of our top priorities is helping people avoid foreclosure. After all, no one wants to see a family lose its home. That's why we work hard to come up with solutions such as mortgage modifications, extensions and payment plans that help stabilize people who are at financial risk.
At Citi, we recognize that we have a unique obligation to help Americans during this challenging economic period. That's why we're providing all kinds of loan modifications, extensions, forbearance and reinstatement. We've worked with more than 715,000 Americans to help them avoid potential foreclosure. We're also taking real steps to prevent this sort of situation from occurring again, restructuring our own risk management department and radically rethinking our approach to both mortgage lending and compensation. The new Citi. Working to be smarter, stronger and to help fuel the recovery.
February 01, 2010 03:27 AMCiti has an obligation to our clients and our stakeholders - including the American public. It's an obligation to support the recovery of the U.S. economy, to reform our organization and to practice responsible finance. No one is more dedicated to these goals than our CEO, Vikram Pandit.
By Sanjiv Das February 01, 2010 03:26 AMCiti has just finalized our quarterly report on lending activity--which you can find here. The report presents an opportunity to reflect on what is both an important part of our businesses and one of the fundamental ways we are helping revive global growth and restore prosperity here at home.
It's no secret that credit is a prerequisite to expansion and a key to opportunity--or that the crisis has seen a decrease in the credit available to consumers, businesses, communities and institutions.