Part of the Consolidated Financial Statements as of 31 December 2009; audited by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft.

Risk Report


Included in the following section on quantitative and qualitative disclosures about credit, market and other risks is information which forms part of the financial statements of Deutsche Bank and which is incorporated by reference into the financial statements of this report. Such information is marked by a bracket in the margins throughout this section.

Market Development

Confidence and liquidity in financial markets improved during much of 2009, underpinned by continued government and central bank support measures. Equity markets recovered sharply, volatility subsided, and corporate credit and interbank spreads approached, and in some cases returned to, pre-crisis levels. Issuance volumes in corporate bond markets were very strong as investor risk appetite improved. However, securitization markets saw only a more modest recovery, despite extensive liquidity support and outright purchases of assets by governmental institutions. Issuance volumes have remained low, and prices depressed, indicating that confidence in securitization has not yet been restored.

Conditions in the wider economy remained challenging. Most developed economies returned to positive growth in the second half of 2009, but the pace of recovery remained relatively subdued and reliant on public sector stimulus measures. Economic headwinds persisted with unemployment increasing, weighing on household credit quality, and corporate defaults rising further. Residential real estate prices continued to fall in many developed markets, but the German market remained stable. Towards the end of the year, large fiscal deficits and sharply rising public debt, mainly a reflection of the deep economic recession and the cost of financial sector support measures, led to growing concerns in financial markets over sovereign risk.

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