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What's New for Investors?

April 2011

Our modular approach, robust operational support and unmatched global presence distinguish Citi in servicing the needs of our investor clients. This rare combination provides you with the flexibility and scale to meet the demands of the market and deliver higher levels of service across expanding products and geographies.

We are excited to share with you recent highlights in our investor-servicing business solutions, including innovations, client partnerships, industry recognition and market trends.

Market Trends

Planning for the Future: The Role of a Central Counterparty in Securities Lending - Key Considerations for Major Lenders

The prospective role of a central counterparty (CCP) in the securities-lending marketplace has been attracting attention. Over the past several months, trading platform providers have already begun to set up links with established CCPs to provide a CCP service for executing securities-lending transactions on their platforms.



The US Economic Outlook

Jürgen Michels, Lead Euro Area Economist and ECB Watcher for Economic and Market Analysis at Citi, highlights factors such as, tax reductions, strong corporate profits, and growth in the housing market that indicate a positive outlook for the US economy.



Private Equity: Regulatory Arbitrage

As the dust has settled from the financial crisis, there are some interesting regulatory reforms that are impacting the private equity space. The natures of the reforms differ substantially by domicile, meaning that private equity managers should weigh carefully the impact of the regulatory changes across the globe. This article is very timely based on the expectation that these new rules will be adopted in final form prior to the one year anniversary of Dodd-Frank's enactment, July 11, 2011.

 

Leading Solutions

Citi Launches a New Suite of Services for Wealth Managers

Citi has announced that it has expanded its OpenWealthsm platform to include a complete package of trust accounting, operations outsourcing and custody services. OpenWealth trust solution offers managers a complete suite of modular services incorporating modern technology, extensive flexibility and the experience of a leader with a proven track record of building client-focused solutions.



Industry Recognition

 

Citi Recognized for Superior Mutual Fund Service by National Quality Review

Citi announced that its mutual fund transfer agent services achieved 5-Star performance ratings from National Quality Review (NQR) for the 12-months ending December 2010. This marks the eighth consecutive year in which Citi has been recognized by NQR for service delivery excellence.

Did You Know?


Chuck Booth
Director North
America Regulatory and Compliance Services

Citi's Chuck Booth to Speak at the 2011 Prime Finance COO/CFO Event

Tuesday, April 19, 2:15pm-3:00pm at The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Mr. Booth will be a speaker on a panel entitled, "Panel Discussion: "Dodd-Frank - A New Era of Compliance for Hedge Funds."




Robert Smuk
North America Operations Head, Securities and Fund Services President and CEO, Citigroup Fund Services Canada

Citi's Robert Smuk to Speak at NICSA Investment Operations Seminar

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., the Downtown Harvard Club, Boston MA.

Mr. Smuk has been invited by this mutual fund industry association to offer his insight and expertise on "Operational Trends and Challenges."




Bikram Singh
Global Head of OTC
Derivative Services

Citi's Bikram Singh - to Serve as Guest Panelist at Capital Markets Consortium - "OTC and Listed Derivatives
in the wake of Dodd-Frank"

Wednesday, April 27, 2:05pm – 2:45pm at Bayard's One Hanover Square, New York City.

Mr. Singh will be on a panel entitled "Business Implications of Dodd Frank on the Buy and Sell Side."

Citi's Bikram Singh to Speak at the GAIM Ops Cayman Conference

Monday, May 2, 2:45pm, The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman.

Mr. Singh is a guest speaker on the "Industry Roundtable: Will there be a Radical Shift in the Use of OTC Derivatives". The panel of experts will discuss the regulations impacting clearing houses, exchanges and swap execution facilities, the need for more transparency in valuing derivatives for hedge funds and much more. Also, stop by our booth to see our demo that showcases our new fund of hedge fund platform.




Mike Sleigtholme
Global Head of
Hedge Fund Services

Citi's Mike Sleightholme to Speak at the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference

Thursday, May 20, 2:35pm – 3:15pm, Bellagio, Las Vegas Mr. Sleightholme is a guest speaker on the panel entitled "Optimizing Operational Efficiency to Enhance Performance."




Massimo Zannella
Director, Citi Private Equity Services

Citi's Massimo Zannella to Moderate a Panel at the "2011 Citi Pension, Foundation and Endowment Conference"

Tuesday, May 17, 2:45pm-3:30pm, Citi Office 601 Lexington Avenue office in New York.

Mr. Zannella will moderate a panel entitled "Back Office Implications to the Investment Management Process."




THE WAY FORWARD
WITH FUND INVESTORS

2011 General
Membership Meeting

*Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washingtpn, DC

Citi at the ICI General Membership Meeting May 4-6, 2011

Citi is an exhibiting sponsor at this year's 53rd annual ICI General Membership meeting in Washington D.C. The 3-day conference is the largest annual gathering of the nation's mutual fund executives and service providers. Be sure to visit Citi at booths #207 and 209.