This excerpt taken from the C 10-K filed Feb 28, 2005.
GLOBAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT OUTLOOK
Certain of the statements below are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. See "Forward-Looking Statements" on page 73.
Life Insurance and AnnuitiesSee discussion on the announced sale of substantially all of the Life Insurance and Annuities business on page 9.
Asset ManagementThe Asset Management business experienced a decline in net income in 2004. Revenues were strong due to positive market action and positive net flows; however, expenses increased, reflecting a reserve related to the expected resolution of the previously disclosed SEC investigation of transfer agent matters. The assets under management declined reflecting the termination of the contract to manage assets for St. Paul Travelers.
The global economic outlook and equity market levels will continue to affect the level of assets under management and revenues in the asset management businesses in the near-term, but underlying demand for asset management services remains strong. Overall, demographic trends remain favorable: aging populations and insufficient retirement savings will continue to drive growth in the industry across the retail/high-net-worth, institutional, and retirement services markets. Competition will continue to increase as open architecture distribution expands and major global financial services firms focus on opportunities in asset management.
For 2005, the business will focus on leveraging the full breadth of its global investment capabilities, continuing to capture the economic value of Citigroup's global distribution network, the expansion of third-party distribution in key geographies, and an emphasis on penetration of the institutional pension segment.
Federal and state regulators have focused on, and continue to devote substantial attention to, the mutual fund and variable insurance product industries. As a result of publicity relating to widespread perceptions of industry abuses, there have been numerous proposals for legislative and regulatory reforms, including mutual fund governance, new disclosure requirements concerning mutual fund share classes, commission breakpoints, revenue sharing, advisory fees, market timing, late trading, portfolio pricing, annuity products, hedge funds, and other issues. It is difficult to predict at this time whether changes resulting from new laws and regulations will affect the industries or our investment management businesses, and, if so, to what degree.