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How Big is the US Deritivative Market?

This is a second update to a previous post, and important for understanding the scope of how debt and equity (and currency market) movements can impact multiple parties globally

According to the latest FDIC banking profile, FDIC insured institutions currently hold a notional value of $153.8 trillion in credit derivatives. That's not a typo – though GDP itself is only about $13 trillion, the high notional value emerges because for each derivative that connects two true “end users” (one long, one short), there is a whole chain of intermediaries who are long with one intermediary and short with another, hoping to earn a tiny profit on the spread.

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