Deutsche Bank’s Hedge on Italy Shows Every EU Bank for Itself

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. When Josef Ackermann called on lenders to help bail out Greece last month, the Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) chief executive officer had already cut his potential losses from the crisis spreading to Italy and Spain.

    Five days after lenders agreed to back the Institute for International Finance’s plan to accept losses on their holdings of Greek debt, the Frankfurt-based bank said it reduced its risks linked to Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain by 70 percent in the first half. In Italy, the lender cut its exposure to 996 million euros ($1.4 billion) from 8.01 billion euros.

    The decision helped the bank to escape losses on Italian bonds, which have since slumped on speculation the country will struggle to finance its deficit. It prompted an investigation by Italy’s securities watchdog and has also opened the bank to criticism it helped undermine confidence in the country. That may damage the lender’s franchise in a country where households save more than other Europeans and pay higher bank fees.

    The Zermans used to be NON cowards - now they are the first to run away ... :cool: