2008_08_cuomoag.jpgAttorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that Citigroup will buy back $7 billion worth of auction-rate securities from almost 40,000 customers. The auction rate market collapsed in February, and investors were left unable to sell them. Cuomo said, "Today’s settlement sends a resounding message to the entire auction rate securities industry: this type of deceptive behavior will not be tolerated." Citibank must buy back the securities by November 5 of this year; the company will also pay a $100 million fine for misleading investors.