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  •  What I worry most about is this. Does the Fed (3+ / 0-)
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    have three trillion dollars of junk on its balance sheet that it bought jsut to keep these banks afloat?

    •  I wouldn't say all of it is "junk," or even... (3+ / 0-)

      ...the majority of it (perhaps), for that matter. Thinking conservatively, lets just say it's 25% crap. That's a mere $750 billion....meanwhile, if 1/4 of one percent (.0025%) of JP Morgan Chase's derivatives, (for that bank, alone) which are somewhere in the neighborhood in value equal to the entire world's annual GDP, of approximately $70 trillion (that's "notional; so let's say 5%-8% of the notional isn't netted out--there's no counterparty--at any given moment), that's a mere $140 billion...which is fully backstopped by the U.S. taxpayer...1% being $700 billion...and so forth...but, we all know that would never, ever happen with JPMC's derivatives trading skill/expertise, right? (Snark intended.)

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:29:38 PM PST

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