On Friday, Focus Magazin reported that Merkel wouldn’t meddle in the legal disputes between Deutsche Bank and the US Department of Justice over the $14 billion fine related to the scandal surrounding residential mortgage-backed securities. This is what Merkel had “signaled” to CEO John Cryan in a “confidential meeting” this summer.
Citing “government circles,” Focus reported that CEO John Cryan had “suggested” in that conversation that diplomatic mediation by the German government would be helpful for Deutsche Bank. According to these sources, Merkel also “categorically” excluded the possibility of state aid in election year 2017.
Surely, the Chancellor did not ask for this “confidential meeting.” More likely, a desperate Cryon asked for it. But there’s no official statement about it. Instead, there’s a purposeful leak piped to voters by the ultimate politician trying to get re-elected. Another bailout of bank bondholders and stockholders just isn’t very popular at the moment.
1) Deutsche Bank has 2 euros per share to go before they drop below the revenue necessary to pay their US fines
2) DB has dropped 2 euros in the past week
3) There's a number, nobody's sure where it is, where DB's CoCos blow up. It's probably not far from that 9 euro mark.
4) DB's balance sheet is 58% the size of the GDP of Germany.
Can you imagine the feeling of the Greek people when Germany inevitably does bail out DB? There was a lot written at the time about how the "bailout" of Greece was really a backdoor bailout of DB, BNP, Credit Suisse, et al. Re: point 4. By some counts, DB has the bigest balance sheet in the world. I'm told it depends whose counting, but if all the derivatives are included, it's actually in the tens of trillions, making it several times larger than US GPD, challenging the size of world GDP. Very insane that we've come to this.