2009 loss: $1.6 billion
Compared with 2008's $27.7 billion loss, this year's $1.6 billion deficit makes Citigroup look like a turnaround story. But Citi was the most unstable of
the big banks during the crisis and has been one of the slowest to recover.
It received $45 billion under TARP, and this year a $6.2 billion charge tied to its repayment of bailout money hit results. Meanwhile attempts to sell unwanted assets have been
slow-going, although Citi's gain on the sale of Smith Barney cushioned the blow this year.
Management has cut headcount by about a third, but churn at the executive level has been disruptive. The company has had to allocate billions of dollars to cover loans that will never
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