Deutsche Bank is trying to cut its mortgage securitization company beginning with repackaged U.S. mortgages, two individuals familiar with the issue said. All while the lender braces for a large fine in the United States for alleged mis-selling of such debt. Impeccable timing or coincidence?

A final decision about this core line of business company is defined to come early next year, the folks said, and securitization cutbacks could turn into a central portion of an expected tactical overhaul in the bank, after U.S. authorities have settled on a fee.

As well as rolling back the repackaging and resale of U.S. mortgages, European car loan securitization and other areas may also be cut, the people said, adding that management were still debating the scale of the reductions.

“We have shrunk the business over the last two to three years,” a person who has direct knowledge of the bank’s plans said. “It could shrink much more. Not only sales and trading, but also in origination.”

Such a move would mark a retreat from a core company that helped Deutsche become one of the most investment banks that are dominant on earth before the financial crash. Now, the International Monetary Fund considers it a huge danger to the fiscal system.

Germany’s main lender is one of the top six investment banks globally in securitization, in accordance with analyze group Coalition. The asset-backed Securities (ABS) market in the United States alone was worth almost $2 trillion in 2015.

But tougher regulation after the monetary crash has made it more expensive for banks to trade such complex securities as they tie up more capital.

Compounding Deutsche’s issues, the U.S. Department of Justice has demanded it pay up to $14 billion to settle claims it misled investors when selling mortgage securitization in the United States before the crisis.


Despite its insistence the closing fine will be less, Deutsche Bank’s stock price dropped by nearly a quarter in the two weeks that followed the U.S. demand, dragging down many of its competitors.

Deutsche Bank is just one of the most high profile cases in America.

U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs, which had a slightly larger share of the U.S. mortgage-backed securities marketplace than Deutsche, reached a resolution of about $5 billion over similar claims.

Deutsche is reacting not only to more demanding market conditions but also tighter regulation, in paring back its presence. Banks are actually sometimes necessary to hold greater than a fifth of the worthiness of such securities as capital to safeguard against losses, making it more expensive than many other designs of banking.

That prompted banks to change from trading shares of loans to helping clients create such securities as an easy way of raising finance. But Deutsche Bank has fought to get a foothold and competition in this sector is stiff, market players said.

Though it’s mostly recovered in America, the European market for asset-backed securities – securities depending on pooled loans such as car loans mortgages or consumer credit – is only half the size it absolutely was before the crash in 2008.

While trading such securities has been a money spinner in the past, one of the folks said Deutsche’s track record was mixed: “We don’t always have the correct amount of returns.”

Paring back securitization could be in line Deutsche Bank Chief Executive John Cryan’s vowed to escape unprofitable businesses.