Board members at Monte dei Paschi are expected to say on Wednesday that Italy’s third largest bank may have lost up to 1 billion euros on opaque derivatives trades, far higher than the initial estimate.
The trades are at the center of a probe into former management of the bank which has deepened questions about the role of banking supervisors and the influence of local politicians ahead of Feb 24-25 parliamentary elections.
A source close to the situation said the final loss, set to be announced after the market close on Wednesday, should be somewhere between the preliminary estimate of around 720 million euros ($974 million) and 1 billion euros.
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