Tier 1 capital ratio at Deutsche Bank 2009-2018

Deutsche Bank’s tier 1 capital ratio sank to 14.9 percent in 2018, down from 16.8 percent the year before. Still, this is two percentage points higher than the years after the 2008 Financial Crisis.

What is tier 1 capital?

Tier 1 capital is money that a bank must keep on hand, here expressed as a percentage of overall assets. This ratio is important because banks do not hold their total assets in their vault. Instead, they issue loans for which they can charge interest. The capital that they keep on hand is a buffer to ensure that they can cover any demands for withdrawals.

Preventing a bank run

If a large share of depositors request money at the same time, the bank may have trouble repaying them all immediately. This is called a bank run and can lead to bank failures, like those in 1930 and 1931. Fortunately, Deutsche Bank can rely on the European Central Bank’s marginal lending facility for overnight loans in case of a run on deposits. However, with a robust tier 1 capital ratio, the need for overnight loans should be minimal.

Development of Tier 1 capital ratio at Deutsche Bank from 2009 to 2018

Tier 1 capital ratio
201814.9%
201716.8%
201615.6%
201514.7%
201416.1%
201316.9%
201215.1%
201112.9%
201012.3%
200912.6%
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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Special properties

as of December 31 each year

Supplementary notes

Figures presented for 2015 and 2014 are based on the transitional rules (“CRR/CRD 4”) and the full application (“CRR/CRD 4 fully loaded”) of the CRR/CRD 4 framework. The capital ratios relate the respective capital to risk-weighted assets. Figures presented for 2013, 2012 and 2011 are based on “Basel 2.5”. Figures presented for 2010 are based on “Basel 2”.
The capital ratios relate the respective capital to risk-weighted assets. Until 2013 transitional items pursuant to the former Section 64h (3) of the German Banking Act are excluded.

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