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So who will get paid at Citigroup?

Citigroup bankers won’t be informed of their bonuses until the end of this month, but as anyone who read Vikram Pandit’s New Year’s Eve memo will already know, the Citigroup bonus pool is ‘dramatically lower than last year.’

The overall implication of the memo appeared to be that a lot of Citi bankers will receive little or no bonus for 2008. However, lest people in Citi’s viable businesses started wondering whether they could earn more elsewhere, Sir Win Bischoff appeared as guest editor of the BBC’s Today Programme on New Year’s Day and reassured listeners that bonuses will still be paid to people in “very useful and very profitable” parts of the Citigroup empire.

Which parts are these exactly? Citigroup declined to comment. However, banking analyst and arch Citi supporter Dick Bove points out that most of the bank is profitable, with the exception of its capital markets operations and anything to do with loans or principal investing.

A quick look at the Citi’s Q308 results shows transaction services doing particularly well, EMEA wealth management growing from a low base, and EMEA equity markets producing positive revenues – although down on last year.

Bonuses in transaction services, Citigroup’s treasury and cash management division, are unlikely to be big at the best of times. And wealth managers are usually paid modestly compared to investment bankers. So does this mean Citi’s EMEA equity staff stand alone in counting on respectable investment banking-style bonuses in a few weeks’ time?

Apparently not. “We hear that bonuses in cash equities at Citigroup will be dreadful,” says one European equities headhunter. “The morale across equities is really poor.”

Comments (5)

  1. From what my managers have said things are looking very bleak in the rates world even though we’ve had one of our best years.

    Kicking my heals Reply
  2. great! im a 4th year trader and all i keep getting told is things are going to be “dire”. the attraction to stay here is waning fast.

  3. I’m equity sales and was told 40% of last year in nov now it’s 60-80% down on last year

  4. I’m in Citi transaction services and really, to still have my job is bonus to me, let alone cash bonus! Fairplay Mr. Pandit and Sir Bischoff

  5. How the hell is anybody at Citi getting a bonus when it took billions from the government and was on a downward path to zero?

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