Movements in Assets

The overall increase of € 97 billion (or 6 %) as of December 31, 2014, compared to December 31, 2013 was primarily driven by a € 125 billion increase in positive market values from derivative financial instruments during the period, primarily related to interest rate and foreign exchange products in the fourth quarter, despite significant activity in trade restructuring and novation to reduce exposure.

The overall balance sheet movements include an increase of € 91 billion due to foreign exchange rate movements, in particular related to the significant strengthening of the US dollar versus the euro, which accounted for € 79 billion of the increase, primarily during the second half of the year.

Brokerage and securities related receivables contributed € 32 billion to the overall growth, mainly resulting from higher collateral requirements corresponding to the increase in negative market values from derivative financial instruments.

Loans increased by € 29 billion, with exposure increases in CB&S, Deutsche AWM and GTB partly being offset by managed reductions in our NCOU.

Financial assets available for sale (reported as part of remaining assets) increased by € 16 billion driven mainly by a € 12 billion increase in highly liquid securities held in the Group’s Strategic Liquidity reserve. These increases are the result of the ongoing optimization of our liquidity reserves.

These increases were partially offset by a € 73 billion decrease in central bank funds sold, securities purchased under resale agreements and securities borrowed, under both accrual and fair value accounting, mainly driven by reductions in our secured financing provided to clients, a decrease in securities borrowing for shorts coverage corresponding to the reduction of short positions as well as a result of the adoption of IAS 32 R in 2014, allowing for the offsetting of financial assets and financial liabilities for bilateral reverse repos and repos under certain conditions.

Trading assets decreased by € 14 billion, primarily driven by debt securities, slightly being offset by an increase in equity securities.

Interest-earning deposits with banks decreased in the same period by € 14 billion, partially being offset by an increase of € 3 billion in cash and due from banks, primarily as a consequence of managed reductions in wholesale deposits.