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The Shadow Derivatives Market Lives On

May 16, 2013

Tomorrow, the public interest will take a loss and the largest banks will chalk up a win.

The shadow market for derivatives was at the heart of the financial crisis.†By far, the largest component of this market was the $60 trillion per year swaps market, with more than $700 trillion of swaps outstanding. Compare that with the 2012 U.S. GDP of about $15 trillion. These markets influence interest rates, currency values, credit costs, share values, and commodities, including food, fuel and precious and base metals. The shadow market was oligopolistic and became a goldm

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