Don't know what a derivative is? It's OK, we aren't 100% sure either - but what we do know is that there is no way the $1.5 Quadrillion derivatives bubble can be a good thing considering how its SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than the ENTIRE GLOBAL ECONOMY! Glenn breaks down the problem and what it could mean on radio today.
Michael Snyder on ZeroHedge explains:
Most people have no idea that Wall Street has become a gigantic financial casino. The big Wall Street banks are making tens of billions of dollars a year in the derivatives market, and nobody in the financial community wants the party to end.
The word "derivatives" sounds complicated and technical, but understanding them is really not that hard. A derivative is essentially a fancy way of saying that a bet has been made. Originally, these bets were designed to hedge risk, but today the derivatives market has mushroomed into a mountain of speculation unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Estimates of the notional value of the worldwide derivatives market go from $600 trillion all the way up to $1.5 quadrillion.
Keep in mind that the GDP of the entire world is only somewhere in the neighborhood of $65 trillion. The danger to the global financial system posed by derivatives is so great that Warren Buffet once called them "financial weapons of mass destruction". For now, the financial powers that be are trying to keep the casino rolling, but it is inevitable that at some point this entire mess is going to come crashing down. When it does, we are going to be facing a derivatives crisis that really could destroy the entire global financial system.
How big is 1.5 quadrillion?
1.5 quadrillion inches gets you to the moon and back 50,000 times.
1.5 quadrillion people would fill the entire Earth 250,000 times.
"I just wanted the point out I've never seen the word 'quadrillion' used in a legitimate story, ever, unless it's used to describe the distance in space.," Glenn said.
Glenn explained that the experts are now saying the derivatives bubble, which is significantly bigger than the $65 Trillion global economy, could collapse.
"The good thing, though, is the experts who estimate the size of financial problems always overestimate. They always think they're too big and then later are surprised at how small they are," Glenn joked.
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