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Meet Muni Bond Champion Jim Lebenthal

As investments, municipal bonds have been traditionally seen as safe, stodgy and boring. None of those terms describe Jim Lebenthal, one of "munis" biggest fans. Now 81, Lebenthal gave up a promising career as a Hollywood correspondent to join the family business of investing in muni bonds.

Once mighty Citigroup trades below $1

Just after 11.35 AM today, Citigroup (C) traded below $1. Its market cap is now only $5.3 billion. In June 2007, the stock was close to $54. Citi...