Citi, JPMorgan shareholders to vote on break-up

Honey I Shrunk The Banks

Too big to manage ?

Shareholders of JPMorgan and Citigroup will get to vote on whether their banks should consider breaking into smaller pieces.

Reuters reports that Citigroup included the question in a proxy statement it filed on Wednesday for its annual meeting next month, and the shareholder sponsoring that proposal said he has a similar one slated for the upcoming ballot for JPMorgan's annual meeting.

The shareholder, Bart Naylor, said he hopes the proposals get more votes than the 4% he got for a measure last year that called for Bank of America to break up.

The Citigroup and JPMorgan proposals "are more deferential to the boards in asking them to study the vicissitudes of a breakup," Naylor said in an interview. He hopes proxy advisory firms, which often sway one-third of votes with their recommendations to institutional investors, will back studies by directors even if they won't tell directors to break up the banks.

"These banks are too big to manage," Naylor said.

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