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Deutsche Bank bonuses

Deutsche Bank employees have ostensibly had some good news. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said on Saturday that the bank will increase its bonus pool from around €500m  ($621.3m) in 2016 to more than €1bn ($1.2bn) in 2017. The increase comes after Deutsche’s investment bank performed poorly in the first nine months of 2017, and reflects concerns that another year of low bonuses could prompt investment bankers to defect to more generous competitors.

Even so, Deutsche bankers should not be celebrating. A $1.2bn bonus pool would be less than half as much as the bank paid last time things were “normal” in 2015. Then, the bonus pool in Deutsche’s corporate and investment bank alone was 1.5bn euros ($1.86bn) and the bonus pool for the whole bank was 2.4bn euros ($2.98bn). In 2014, it was 2.7bn euros ($3.35bn)

Deutsche Bank isn’t commenting on the claim, but has reportedly said the exact level of its bonuses will depend upon how the investment bank fared through the end of the year and what its competitors pay. However, we already know how well the bank fared until the end of the year in sales and trading – revenues were down by -22% year-over-year. Surely, therefore, bonuses in the markets business will be down significantly?

Separately, Dame Helena Morrissey, one of only a handful of women to have ever been CEO of a financial services firm, has nine kids and a mega-salary – what’s her secret? In an interview with Sunday Times, Morrissey suggested it might have something to do with spousal selection. Her husband, a former financial journalist is a stay-at-home dad who produces a gin and tonic when she returns home after a busy day at work. He is supplemented by a nanny and a housekeeper. As a young woman, Morrissey says she worked weekends, but that her own millennial daughters have no intention of doing the same.


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Comments (2)

  1. I work for Deutsche Bank and I am a data privacy professional (CIPP/E).

    Matthias Artzt Reply
  2. I worked for an Investment Bank and left it because I felt ashamed working for it. Senior Managers, Managing Directors and Directors were constantly reducing staff on the grounds that they need to save costs. When it came to Bonuses the smooth talkers used to get the cream and the performers had to lick the leftovers. Millions were paid to upper and Middle management. Are these Managers a thousand times more intelligent than the lowest level employees? My answer is No. It is a shame that to satisfy their never ending greed they have resorted to manipulations, falsehoods and criminal behaviour in the past.Money paid as Bonuses is just another way to loot the customers and the shareholders more so where the bank concerned is not showing adequate profits or performance.

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