1 Citigroup Share = 1/2 Garlic Naan in NYC

Who would have thought things would come to such a pass?

Back in the late 1990s, selling a single Citigroup share was enough to take your family out for dinner at a nice Indian restaurant in New York City.

But times have changed. And boy, how they have changed.

Forget dinner for your family.

Today, a single Citigroup share won’t even buy you one full Garlic Naan at most Indian restaurants in NYC. Maybe a pappad.

Are you listening Vikram Pandit?

Citigroup shares fell 22.3% to $1.95 on Friday.

Given that a Garlic Naan costs $3.95 at a NYC Indian restaurant like Dhaba these days, you can buy two Citigroup shares for the price of a single Garlic Naan.

About 10 years back, you could get more than 18 Garlic Naans for the price of a single Citigroup share (Citi shares closed at $54.19 on February 19, 1999 and we assume Garlic Naans were about $2.95 in NYC those days).

At Citigroup’s current shareprice of $1.95, you’d probably need 40 or 50 Citigroup shares to buy your family dinner at a nice Indian restaurant in NYC today.

What went Wrong?
Greed (aided by deregulation and malign neglect of the government) has brought us to this sorry pass.

Hyper-Greed not just on the part of the swines on Wall Street but also sordid gluttony on the part of normal folk on Main Street for unaffordable McMansions, vacations in Bahamas, weekends in Las Vegas and cruises along Alaska.

End Result of this Hyper-Greed – The Great American Depression.

Don’t be surprised if in the near future it takes 5 or 10 Citigroup shares to buy a single order of Pappad (currently $1.95) at a NYC Indian restaurant.

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