Why banks matter


The world is changing. To shape this change, you need a vision, a plan – and a bank. Banks fund investment and accelerate the development of business ideas. Find out why banks are important – for the economy, the planet and the platform revolution.

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Do banks really matter?


As our daily lives and interactions become more digitalised, it seems a good time to ask: what do people need and expect from a bank?

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“The main challenge for banks is to stay agile.”


Digitalisation has disrupted banks' classic intermediary function. Jörg Rocholl, President of the European School of Management and Technology, explores some of the other ways banks can provide value.

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No banks, no economy.


Private sector banks drive the economy. Manufacturers, suppliers and clients all rely on banks.

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of people surveyed are convinced that the economy would not function without banks.

Source: Deutsche Bank Group Brand and Market Research international survey of 3,500 people, Dec. 2017

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Banks make sustainable investments possible.


Impact investments, for example, can help slow climate change or provide people in developing and emerging countries with food, electricity and access to education.

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USD in impact investing assets are managed by the respondents to the GIIN 2017 Impact Investment Survey.

Source: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey

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Banks need to drive digital change.


The platform economy is evolving at breakneck speed; blockchain technology may become more and more important for financial services providers.

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of people surveyed consider life without online banking unthinkable. In Germany, it’s 84%.

Source: Deutsche Bank Group Brand and Market Research international survey of 3,500 people, Dec. 2017

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