In hunt for profitability, EU banks turn to risky assets

Investments by European Union lenders in high-risk sectors shot up in the year to end-June, data from the European Banking Authority (EBA) shows.

Aggregate exposures to ‘items associated with particularly high risk’ under the EU’s Capital Requirements Regulation hit €97.2 billion ($107.1 billion) at end-June, up 22% from €80.2 billion a year prior. The data was disclosed as part of the EU-wide transparency exercise.

Risk-weighted asset (RWA) amounts for these exposures increased over the same

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