7 August 2017

Deutsche Bank tumbles down private bank rankings after tough 2016

Published by Reuters – 7th Aug 2017

Deutsche Bank dropped out of the world’s top 15 private banks in 2016, a year marked by negative headlines for Germany’s biggest lender, rankings by wealth management researcher Scorpio Partnership showed on Monday.

Private banking assets at Deutsche Bank fell 28 per cent in US dollar terms to US$227 billion at the end of 2016, sending it tumbling five places to 16th in Scorpio’s rankings of the 25 biggest private banks in the world.

Deutsche Bank faced a rocky 2016 in which the US Department of Justice wanted the bank to pay US$14 billion for mis-selling toxic mortgage-backed securities before the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

The demand rocked confidence in Deutsche Bank and triggered billions of dollars in withdrawals by clients. The bank eventually settled for US$7.2 billion.

Swiss bank UBS kept its place as the world’s biggest private bank with US$2.06 trillion in assets under management, Scorpio found, followed by Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.

Switzerland’s Credit Suisse, which has prioritised private banking under Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam, was overtaken by Royal Bank of Canada and fell to sixth.

The biggest gainer on the list was China Merchants Bank , which rose five rungs to 15th. Bank of China also entered the list, in 24th place.

Overall, Scorpio found the biggest 25 private banks managed US$13.3 trillion for clients with at least US$1 million in assets, representing 63.2 per cent of the market.

Operating income in the industry was virtually flat as private banks faced up to low and negative interest rates as well as an increasing preference by wealthy clients for passive investments.