The World’s Weakest Banks (by Asset Size)

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Deutsche Bank-RG

Weiss Financial Strength Rating:
D (Weak)
Headquarters: Germany
Ticker: DB

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.


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