Deutsche Bank set another prime example on how to push dubious investment products in their client portfolios without taking on any risk, but charging absurd commissions. In 2006 Deutsche Bank promoted a fund in Ferris Wheels called Global View. However, so far not ferris wheel has been built, but nevertheless the fund spend up €208 million for property purchases, banking fees and dubious project development costs. So it looks like the average investors will incur huge losses, but how about the sponsor and sales arm of the fund Deutsche Bank ?
“For Deutsche Bank, though, the Ferris wheel project turned out to be very good business. The Frankfurt-based bank earned €19.2 million through Global View thanks to its client advisors, who drew in €160 million from the bank’s customers within the space of 10 weeks, primarily from German small investors like Schmidt. The bank itself, however, never invested in the fund. Global View used the bank Delbrück Bethmann Maffei (DBM) instead. Deutsche Bank preferred not to invest its own money in the project, for example through loans. Even when that money was badly needed, the bank declined on the basis of a “market risk” that couldn’t “be assessed and covered by the bank. [...]
The letters and e-mails raise suspicions that Deutsche Bank not only insisted on unusually high commission rates that were meant to be concealed from investors, but even doubted the project’s chance of success. From the beginning, the bank calculated using an “equity commission of 12 percent. The sales brochure was only supposed to show 10 percent, which called for a creative solution. One Deutsche Bank employee suggested in writing that the excess commission simply “no longer be shown in the brochure”.
To me that looks less like a creative but more like a criminal solution !