About this feature

Do we still need banks? In this feature, we look at the changes happening around us and what they mean for banks’ role in the economy and society. On one hand, start-ups, big tech companies and artificial intelligence are poised to disrupt traditional bank functions such as lending, payments and even financial advice. But banks are not just watching from the sidelines; they are opening up, reinventing themselves, forging new alliances and actively shaping the transformation.

This feature explores the role banks play in three areas: in the economy, in promoting sustainable solutions to global challenges and in the emerging platform economy. We meet experts from inside and outside of Deutsche Bank who share how they think banks can remain valuable partners for businesses, households and investors. They tell us what is changing, what needs to change and how banks can help make great things happen – from financing innovative new products to investing in projects that make a positive environmental and social impact.