Weiss Financial Strength Rating:
Germany’s Deutsche Bank, the largest bank in the world with total assets of $2.8 trillion as of December 31, 2011, is rated D (Weak) by Weiss due to its weak capital position and poor profitability. Its low 1.8 percent tangible common equity ratio, a measure of capital, is just one-fifth the industry average of 8.4 percent. In addition, Deutsche Bank earned a return on assets of only 0.1 percent, a fraction of the industry average of 0.9 percent. Both figures suggest that the bank has a significantly higher probability of future financial difficulties.