In a rut

THE biggest bank in Europe’s most robust economy may seem an unlikely victim of Brexit. Yet in the fortnight after Britons voted to quit the European Union Deutsche Bank’s share price tumbled by 27%—putting Germany’s biggest lender in the unexalted company of British and Italian banks. On July 7th it slid to €11.36 ($12.58), a record low.

The price has since clambered back towards €13. But Deutsche still trades at only a quarter of the supposed net value of its assets—far behind its peers (see chart). Its shares fetch half of what they did a year ago and an eighth of what they did in 2007. It lost a staggering €6.8 billion in 2015. The newish chief executive, John Cryan, is carrying out an overdue spring-clean: he has told investors to expect no profit or dividend this year (and scrapped last year’s too). Brexit makes the job a little harder.

Mr Cryan is overhauling Deutsche’s rickety computer…Continue reading

This post was originally published in the Economist.

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In a rut

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