IMF Warns of Risks to Global Financial Stability

The International Monetary Fund said European banks may need to sell as much as $4.5 trillion in assets through 2013 if policy makers fall short of pledges to stem the fiscal crisis, up 18 percent from its April estimate.

BNP 1Q Net Profit Rises on Lower Loan-Loss Provisions
26:46 - BNP Paribas SA, France’s largest bank, posted a surprise increase in first-quarter profit as a decline in provisions for bad loans helped outweigh a slump in trading revenue. Net income rose 10 percent to 1.81 billion euros ($2.1 billion) from 1.65 billion euros a year earlier, the Paris-based bank said in a statement Tuesday. Bloomberg's Caroline Connan spoke to the bank's Chief Financial Officer Lars Machenil about the numbers.
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