Derivatives the new "ticking bomb"
Derivatives bubble explodes five times bigger in five yearsWall Street didn't listen to Buffett. Derivatives grew into a massive bubble, from about $100 trillion to $516 trillion by 2007.
To grasp how significant this five-fold bubble increase is, let's put that $516 trillion in the context of some other domestic and international monetary data:
- U.S. annual gross domestic product is about $15 trillion
- U.S. money supply is also about $15 trillion
- Current proposed U.S. federal budget is $3 trillion
- U.S. government's maximum legal debt is $9 trillion
- U.S. mutual fund companies manage about $12 trillion
- World's GDPs for all nations is approximately $50 trillion
- Unfunded Social Security and Medicare benefits $50 trillion to $65 trillion
- Total value of the world's real estate is estimated at about $75 trillion
- Total value of world's stock and bond markets is more than $100 trillion
- BIS valuation of world's derivatives back in 2002 was about $100 trillion
- BIS 2007 valuation of the world's derivatives is now a whopping $516 trillion