According to reports, some hedge funds have taken out collateral and withdrawn positions in Deutsche Bank, causing the bank’s shares to fall by 8% this morning. The loss of confidence regarding the financial health of the bank follows the imposition of a fine of up to $14 billion by the U.S. over its sale of mortgage-backed securities prior to the 2008 financial crisis. The chairman of Deutsche's hedge fund business is reported to have said that its prime brokerage division was "still very profitable" but there was "no question we have a perception issue". The German government has so far denied making any provisional plans to rescue Deutsche, but analysts predict that the bank will get assistance if necessary. According to the Austrian finance minister, the case could not be compared with Lehmans, because "We have all the measures in place at a European level to stabilise financial markets".