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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Report: Near Failure of Citigroup in 2008

by Calculated Risk on 1/13/2011 09:13:00 PM

From Shahien Nasiripour at the HuffPo: Citigroup Was On The Verge Of Failure, New Report Finds; Rescue Was Based On 'Gut Instinct'

"We were on the verge of having to close this institution [Citigroup] because it can't meet its liquidity Monday morning," said Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, during a meeting the previous Sunday night, according to the report by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

"Without substantial government intervention," said another FDIC official, bank regulators and Citigroup "project that Citibank will be unable to pay obligations or meet expected deposit outflows next week," according to the report.
We all knew it was close ...