NEW YORK — One year after stripping its entire mortgage business from its retail bank, Citigroup Inc. is rethinking that decision.

On Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach gave the strongest indication yet that Citi intends to keep more than just a toe in the mortgage business. He also sent a signal that mortgages are attractive assets, rather than just toxic waste that only the U.S. government, through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is willing to hold.

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