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Same Fund That Is Now Investing In Greek Bonds Sues Citi Over "Willful Financial Misstatements" Causing Fund To Buy Citi Shares

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A hilarious little detour that will likely get no press attention and will be promptly covered up with another taxpayer sponsored settlement. Apparently the Norway Wealth Fund has decided to sue Citi "over alleged misstatements about the company's financial condition, which it claims caused it to buy Citi shares at inflated prices." The purchases resulted in over $835 million of losses in Citi stocks, bonds and preferred. And the cherry on top is that this is coming from the same fiduciarily irresponsible people who are now buying up Greek debt on the assumption that on a Yield to Infinity it is all "money good." Has the collective IQ of investors in the world over the past 30 years just correlated inversely with the amount of cheap (and now free) liquidity out there? Just how dumb do you have to be before you realize that everything is rigged?

From Dow Jones:

Norway's central bank has sued Citigroup Inc. over alleged misstatements about the company's financial condition, which it claims caused it to buy Citi shares at inflated prices.

Norges Bank claims that it lost more than $735 million on its investments in Citigroup common stock and more than $100 million on its investments in Citi bonds and preferred shares. The stocks and bonds were purchased between January 2007 and January 2009, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court Sept. 17, alleges that Citi made a series of misstatements about its financial health, particularly its exposure to subprime mortgages and other toxic assets.

Norges Bank, through its investment arm, manages about $443 billion in assets on behalf of Norway's finance ministry.

Last year, seven Norwegian municipalities and the bankruptcy estate of Terra Securities ASA sued Citigroup over the sale of more than $115 million in derivatives in 2007, claiming the notes were misrepresented as safe, conservative investments. That separate lawsuit is pending

h/t London Dude Trader

 

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Fri, 09/24/2010 - 11:55 | 602660 Dr. Engali
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By Thor's hammer we will pillage the American taxpayer until we are justly repaid.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 11:59 | 602674 Ragnarok
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Don't they already work at Capital One?

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 17:29 | 603487 knukles
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Is it true that the guy running the Norwegian Wealth and Tranny Porn Fund is the same blighter who got promoted after he ran the Village of Trottinmepants that bought all those out of the money CDO equity layers backed by sub-standard in default IO residual mortgages? 
Or is my imagination over activating again?
Something about total recall....

PS.  Did everybody know that there's a HAARP type facility near Ramfjordmoen Norway as well as Wasilla, Alaska?  LOL  Look it up!  Expalin any misbehavior?

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:03 | 602683 Kayman
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Yeah EVERYTHING IS RIGGED !

August new housing follows July as  lowest since 1963.

Lumber up limit at the CME this am.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:10 | 602686 Leo Kolivakis
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Tyler,

I met up with Petros Christodoulou, director general of the Greek Public Debt Management Agency, this morning. Norwegian Fund isn't as dumb as you think. Will discuss our meeting in my weekend comment. I'll share a few tidbits with you. When discussing blogs and bloggers, he became irate over those who accuse him of being a "Goldman puppet", calling them "dumb <expletive>", and told me he only worked there briefly before joining JP Morgan in London where he traded bonds for 12 years. He added: "Who would you rather have running this agency some Greek pension manager who doesn't know the first thing of capital markets?" Very interesting background and our meeting lasted an hour and a half. He's got one of the toughest jobs in Greece, but he's smart, knows markets and knows the challenges that lie ahead. My meeting only bolstered my thoughts: Greek bonds are grossly undervalued and restructuring will never happen. As Mr. Christodoulou told me, "there are too many vested interests and the ripple effects are unbearable for Europe and international markets". TRANSLATION: Keep buying them dips, Greece isn't defaulting or restructuring!

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:11 | 602710 percolator
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So he's really JP Morgan's puppet, glad we got that clarified.  I agree Greece won't default or restructure because bankers will never accept a haircut and will bleed the public dry.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 13:40 | 602909 Vampyroteuthis ...
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will bleed the public dry

Once the corpse is empty of blood, then Greece will default. Not too bad of a strategy unless you are the public holding the bag.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:12 | 602712 huggy_in_london
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good luck with the mark to market on that one....

The greeks are habitual liars, they have form, and everything they say is tainted by the fact that they lied there way into the euro and then lied since then w.r.t their data.  Nothing they can say would make me buy their bonds.

Remember that in a default or a restructure its your principle at stake, not your coupon!  

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:27 | 602752 Leo Kolivakis
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"The greeks are habitual liars"....as opposed to the fucking Brits who shit on our economy while their own pension system and economy is screwed beyond belief. Save it pal, Greeks aren't as stupid as you think.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 13:39 | 602905 huggy_in_london
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hey dickhead - i made no reference to the brits or anyone else actually.  Actually, the greeks are as stupid as i think.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 18:06 | 603570 Leo Kolivakis
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Actually, you're a moron.....and always were one.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 18:10 | 603582 huggy_in_london
Sat, 09/25/2010 - 04:26 | 604112 Leo Kolivakis
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Funny, is that what they do for entertainment in your part of the world?

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:16 | 602723 n2dark
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you are delusional

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:21 | 602734 thislittlepiggy
Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:51 | 602794 LMAO
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Sure Leo,

"Norwegian Fund isn't as dumb as you think"

You'r right there, it's much worse.

LMAO

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 13:15 | 602841 Buyemall
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Usually entities that default or restructure their debt don't have a choice....

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 14:24 | 602993 NotApplicable
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Greek bonds are grossly undervalued and restructuring will never happen.

So what you're saying is that TPTB are confident that they can successfully navigate ZIRP all the way out to the long end of the yield curve? (just like Fekete is predicting their efforts to be aimed at)

At one time I would've said the market will break first in a reactionary panic. But since it is broken already, there may not be enough of a real market left to instigate an opposing force.

Perhaps this is why confidence bounds?

If only Madoff had had a printing press too...

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 16:12 | 603287 Hephasteus
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You don't get it. You don't pay the taxes. It's not the governments call in whether they default or not. It's the peoples. When the people have had enough and say it's over. It's fucking over.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:04 | 602689 huggy_in_london
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as usual, in this screwed up society, no one wants to take responsibility for their idiotic actions.

 

 

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:15 | 602721 bullchit
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Leo is turning out to be a bigger contrarian indicator than Jim Crameropolous.

Regards.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:42 | 602755 LMAO
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And all Norwegians, even if they don't know it yet, are dancing the sirtaki with G-Pap

LMAO

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:32 | 602765 aheady
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Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:44 | 602776 Leo Kolivakis
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Cramer is a moron who is short solars. -)

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:46 | 602781 aheady
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He's short something.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:26 | 602748 Fidel Sarcastro
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"Just how dumb do you have to be before you realize that everything is rigged?"

Well, you'd have to be as dumb as an economist to believe it isn't rigged.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:27 | 602751 Miles Kendig
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Has the collective IQ of investors in the world over the past 30 years just correlated inversely with the amount of cheap (and now free) liquidity out there?

Thanks for the update to my definition of "Sophisticated Investor" Tyler.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:27 | 602753 NumberNone
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Note to self...get Norwegian attorney's to sue all companies I've lost money on in stock market. 

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:30 | 602762 LMAO
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"Norway is adament that Greece wont default..."

 You probably have no idea, but it's PARTY...TIME!!! in Norway.

Mr. Slyngstad and Mr. Johnsen are jumping of joy chanting "We got the whole world in our hands....."

 They are laughing all the way to the bank because of their high-yielding bets on these PIGS not defaulting.

 "Masters of the Universe" and modern day "Nostradamuses" is what these fine Norwegian gentlemen are.

 I hope the people of Norway can find lampposts strong and tall enough when these piggies meet up with reality.

 LMAO

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:59 | 602817 Azannoth
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Dont throw stones in a house of Glass

Sat, 09/25/2010 - 07:59 | 604149 LMAO
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LOL, nice one.

I for one am throwing a bouquet to the likes of Slyngstad whose delusional grandeur and lack of insight on these piggies will squander the funds' wealth.

As to the Terra scandal, one can only be amazed that nobody in these seven Norwegian municipalities has ever been held accountable for their foolish and unlawful actions leading to the disaster and loss of a but-load of Norwegian taxpayer money.

This song is about hunting higher yields in the riskiest of assets. Terra failed miserably and these "piggy bank investments" will share a similar faith.

As to the lawsuit:

The outcome of this rigged game will be decided on by rigged courts instructed by rigged politicians who take direct orders from the money-masters.

Money-masters 1 - taxpayer 0

LMAO

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 13:04 | 602824 williambanzai7
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Not dumb....Norwegian.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 13:41 | 602913 Contura
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We have a simple rule here in Norway; What goes down will go back up....or not.

For God´s sake, we´re drowning in oil, milk and honey over here !!!

Everything is so beautiful and purple !!!

Love.

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 15:18 | 603157 Missing_Link
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Has the collective IQ of investors in the world over the past 30 years just correlated inversely with the amount of cheap (and now free) liquidity out there?

Actually, yes.

Very much yes.

Sat, 09/25/2010 - 22:44 | 604958 CL1
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Sun, 09/26/2010 - 12:38 | 605570 Scisco
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I see a profit model here.

Buy debt that is misrepresented;

if (Debt goes bad) then

Sue;

Else

Profit!;

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