Germany's flagship lender is struggling to predict when revenues will improve.
Deutsche Bank reported an almost 10 percent drop in revenue in the three months through September on Thursday, versus the year before, amid a weak market and the ongoing turmoil of a major restructuring program.
When asked when exactly investors could expect revenues to pick up, Deutsche Bank's Chief Financial Officer, James von Moltke, said Thursday that this would be "very hard to answer."
"We swim in a pool with our competitors and particularly the capital markets environment has been weak in the past couple of quarters, so we're looking for that to pick up," he added.
The bank posted a strong increase in third-quarter net profit Thursday, beating analyst expectations despite a significant drop in investment bank revenue. Further cost reductions had helped profits more than double to 649 million euros ($768 million) in the quarter. For the same period last year net profit came in at 278 million euros.