Let’s be clear. Deutsche Bank is not Lehman Brothers, the American investment bank that triggered the financial crisis eight years ago.
The US company was an over-borrowed investment firm with very little in the way of capital and solid deposits. Germany’s leading bank has reasonably solid assets of €200billion but is short on capital.
What cannot be ignored is the long and speeding slide in the share price and, as significantly, safety net bonds known as CoCos.
Investors are plainly losing confidence in the ability of these bonds to protect them in a crisis as they are now trading weakly at 69.55 cents to the euro.
Concerns: Deutsche Bank, Germany’s leading bank, has reasonably solid assets of €200bn but is short on capital
And there is a run going on. There may be no queues outside the branches but the way hedge funds are deserting the investment bank and the share…