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Ellen Brown: Cascade of Financial Derivative Defaults Would Bring Everything Down

  • Published on Aug 16, 2016
    Countries are up to their necks in debt that cannot not be paid. The derivatives propping the debt up are hundreds of trillions of dollars. Public banking expert Ellen Brown contends, “The concern is this $500 trillion of derivatives just on sovereign debt. There is $100 trillion in sovereign debt globally, which is a huge bill, and then you have all these derivatives betting against it with credit default swaps that would pay off in the event of a default. So, they can’t let any of these governments go bankrupt. They can’t write down the debt, and they can’t write off the debt as they should. These are impossible debts in Europe, particularly like in Greece. They are impossible debts to pay, but the central banks, for example in the EU, will not let any of these countries go bankrupt because the fear is it would trigger a cascade of defaults among the derivatives players, which would bring everything down.”

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Paul Wilmott, who holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from Oxford University, has warned that the so-called notional value of the worldwide derivatives market is over $1.4 quadrillion (Quadrillion = 1000 Trillion).

Paul Wilmott, who holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from Oxford University, has warned that the so-called notional value of the worldwide derivatives market is over $1.4 quadrillion (Quadrillion = 1000 Trillion).

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