Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lions and tigers and derivatives and bail-ins… OH MY!

Perhaps it is because $247 trillion is just a number too big to contemplate, or that those in charge have an off button perpetually pushed when it comes to accepting the consequences of debt, but going into 2016 this black swan remains a ticking time bomb that can at any time crater the world even more than a conventional world war.
Oh, and by the way… this is just the derivative exposure of U.S. banks alone.
Did you know that there are 5 “too big to fail” banks in the United States that each have exposure to derivatives contracts that is in excess of 30 trillion dollars?  Overall, the biggest U.S. banks collectively have more than 247 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives contracts.  That is an amount of money that is more than 13 times the size of the U.S. national debt, and it is a ticking time bomb that could set off financial Armageddon at any moment.  Globally, the notional value of all outstanding derivatives contracts is a staggering 552.9 trillion dollars according to the Bank for International Settlements.  The bankers assure us that these financial instruments are far less risky than they sound, and that they have spread the risk around enough so that there is no way they could bring the entire system down.  But that is the thing about risk – you can try to spread it around as many ways as you can, but you can never eliminate it.  And when this derivatives bubble finally implodes, there won’t be enough money on the entire planet to fix it. – Economic Collapse Blog

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