Capital or P&L? Deutsche Bank losses highlight CVA trade-off

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Bankers talk a lot about capital requirements these days. They’re very important, they say; we must optimise them, they say. But how important are they? How much should a bank pay to cut capital usage? Deutsche Bank has given some answers to that in recent quarterly statements. In the first half of the year, the bank cut the risk-weighted assets (RWAs) generated by Basel III’s charge for derivatives counterparty risk – or credit valuation adjustment (CVA) – from €