Thursday, 19 March 2009

Mommy, what's a quadrillion?

Tom Foremski, writing at Silicon Valley Watcher explains:

"Quadrillion? That is a number only super computing engineers and astronomers used to use, not economists and bankers!"

Not any more, because USD 1.144 Quadrillion (USD 1,144 Trillion) is the size of the derivative blackhole that is currently swallowing the world economy.

To put that figure into context, the article continues:

1. The entire GDP of the US is about USD 14 trillion.

2. The entire US money supply is also about USD 15 trillion.

3. The GDP of the entire world is USD 50 trillion. USD 1,144 trillion is 22 times the GDP of the whole world.

4. The real estate of the entire world is valued at about USD 75 trillion.

5. The world stock and bond markets are valued at about USD 100 trillion.

6. The big banks alone own about USD 140 trillion in derivatives.

7. Bear Stearns had USD 13+ trillion in derivatives and went bankrupt in March. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers and AIG have all 'collapsed' because of complex securities and derivatives exposures in September.

8. The population of the whole planet is about 6 billion people. So the derivatives market alone represents about USD 190,000 per person on the planet.

(Hat tip: Infowars)

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