Deutsche Bank

Citi's earnings return to pre-crisis levels, but shareholders aren't satisfied

Citi has been unwieldy, impossible to manage and too big to fail for well over 30 years. Post-crisis, however, it has effected an impressive transformation.

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Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

The big picture: Its earnings, unjuiced by the excess leverage of the early 2000s, have largely regained their pre-crisis levels — an impressive enough achievement even before you realize that the bank has shrunk considerably over the past decade.

Behind Deutsche Bank's $8.3 billion revamp

Data: Investing.com; Chart: Axios Visuals

It was the long-expected end of an era for Deutsche Bank, as it announced Sunday it will pull out of its global equities sales and trading business, cut its dividend and slash risk-weighted assets by about 40% in some parts of the business, as part of a restructuring plan to save billions.

Our thought bubble as Axios' Felix Salmon points out: The "restructuring will cost 18,000 jobs and $8.3 billion, which is a lot of money for a bank valued at just $16.6 billion at close of trade on Friday."