As Lie-Bor Unwinds, Just How Much Is At Stake?

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This much:

That's $504 trillion with a T.

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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:33 | 2580210 Cursive
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Is this where Osbourne's inquiry begins and ends?

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:39 | 2580228 slaughterer
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<-- Sell-off today

<-- Robo-rally.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:50 | 2580255 gojam
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With any bet there are always winners and losers, and with extreme outcomes there are always big winners and big losers.

The record low interest rates over a sustained period is an extreme outcome.

Could someone explain to me, in the context of interest rate swap derivatives, who the big winners and big losers are ?

Thanks in advance.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:51 | 2580261 Buckaroo Banzai
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Not sure who the winners are, but the losers are easy to spot.
Just look in the mirror.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:54 | 2580268 gojam
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lol, well that would have been the case either way, wouldn't it ?  :-D

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:03 | 2580819 strannick
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whew. thats a biiiiigggg number.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:56 | 2580278 cossack55
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But my mirror has "You're looking at a winner, and a handsome one at that" printed in big, bold letters on the top and bottom.   

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:07 | 2580321 TuesdayBen
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You'd best get that mirror returned to the White House, pronto.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:40 | 2580599 DeadFred
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I was just wondering where I could find one of those. Too bad.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 16:38 | 2581659 phyuckyiu
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If you can't find that mirror, will work in a pinch.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:33 | 2580211 Sutton
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Anything less than a Quadrillion doesn't concern me.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:25 | 2580535 prodigious_idea
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Most every figure on the left side is nearly a quadrillion, several key figures on the right are approaching same.  The trend on gross market value is alarming.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 14:17 | 2581232 Kobe Beef
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Well, I've got 200 Trillion Zimbabwe right here in my wallet. Why doesn't anybody ask me for a bailout?

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:30 | 2580892 mudduck
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Oh, I don't know, 100 trillion here, 100 trillion there, pretty soon you're talkin real money.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:34 | 2580215 Don Diego
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Priced in, no worries

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:46 | 2580243 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Priced into our ass! As in they will be fucking everyone real soon.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:52 | 2580256 ArkansasAngie
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Will ? ... they have been screwing us for quite a while now

The banksters believe their own horse manure

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:35 | 2580218 world_debt_slave
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uh, the Universe o_0

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:38 | 2580223 SheepDog-One
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But dont we have a 'firewall'? Sure it may be made of gasoline soaked paper towels, but its the concept of it that counts. The media muppets tell us 'the new smart thing' is plowing cash into treasuries for the race to implosion. Happy days!

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:58 | 2580290 Sauk Leader
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If the firewall goes out. they can just unplug it, wait for 30 seconds and plug it back in. Fixed.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:42 | 2580608 DeadFred
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Sometimes 30 seconds can be a very long time.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:08 | 2580839 Zero Debt
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The firewall has been quite effective in keeping everyone inside the burning building

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:37 | 2580225 Catullus
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As someone who has had money with Vanguard, T Rowe Price, and Schwab, I fully expect that you fulfill your fiduicary responsibilities and seek demages from the banks manipulating the rate that feeds into my money market accounts I've had with you over the past 7 years.  Failure to do so means that you've violated your fiduicary responsibility toward me.  It's either you or them.  Make a decision. 

I would hope that your corporate clients feel the same way.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:43 | 2580612 Bringin It
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At this point, it looks like the corporate clients are with the program.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:44 | 2580226 Cast Iron Skillet
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That's sort of a lot. Btw, does anybody happen to know whether the Barclay's Lie-bor manipulation problem could be related in any way to the JPM "whale" trade problem? ... I have no idea, but from scanning the news & blog posts, the topics seem similar.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:38 | 2580229 ziggy59
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But wait, surely news of some dumbass celeb getting a divorce or kirdashs ass got bigger will eclipse this

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:46 | 2580244 Bob
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If you've seen that ass, you know it will. 

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:39 | 2580231 oogs66
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The thing that sucks is that no individual counterparty had enough of an obvious loss on any given trade to figure out how to sue the banks properly

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:47 | 2580245 spinone
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Banks skim a little from each transaction.  Market goes up or down they win.  The want to win more, so the cheat, and no one stops them.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:39 | 2580232 q99x2
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Ring fence it with some green shoots.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:09 | 2580840 Zero Debt
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Make sure you hedge those green shoots, the bears are in the woods...

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:43 | 2580237 El Oregonian
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Lie-Mor? Million... Billion... Trillion... Quadrillion... Gazillion... When there is no limit to the zeros it just becomes numbers right?

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:48 | 2580252 d edwards
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Yeah, remember what happened in Zimbabwe? (sp)

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:45 | 2580240 paddy 57
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Not to shabby!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:51 | 2580260 i-dog
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Is that like "Not to worry!" in some Irish dialect?

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:48 | 2580246 Benjamin Glutton
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So you want to buy an interest rate swap?


no problem.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:48 | 2580247 NaiLib
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Seems to me its time for a Reverse Split in various currencies.........

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:50 | 2580257 Joshua Falken
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This is a global probrem and goes way beyond LIBOR fixing

Current market abuses that need investigation are co-location, HFT and algo trading, rehypothecation, insider trading, dark pools, shadow banking repo's, ETF's, money market funds, MBS, CDS's, CDO's, asset backed securities, commercial paper, securities lending and wilful manipulation of official statistics and indicators.


Unfortunately for the UK, by uncovering and investigating this abuse, the City of London will be vilified by all central bankers and regulators as corrupt and evil English villains, whilst defending the integrity of their domestic institutions.


This is going to get messy and it has only just started.


Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:53 | 2580441 tabasco71
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Don't forget the markets for copper, PM's, oil, property, used cars, carbon and good old frozen OJ!!!

Oh sorry, those markets are not rigged and operated by self-interested, rip-your-face-off traders... yeh, right, so if you believe that....

Seriously you can find corruption in your kid asking you for £10 pocket money and you give him £5 instead.... 

Shouldn't we be focusing on becoming productive again instead of trying to pull our own guts out of our assholes?

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:53 | 2580267 writingsonthewall
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People are always talking about "how we need banks" in order for our capitalist society to function correctly.


So far the banks have sold us PPI (immorally and now illegally), they have fixed LIBOR, they are borrowing at 0.5% and lending to us at 20%, they have traded against themselves with their prop trading and cost the consumer more - they have foreclosed on properties but not resold them back to the market (maintainging prices) -  valued their assets on 'fantasy' and required a multi-billion dollr bailout. tell me - what the fuck have they done for us lately?

If you're not already walking up the street with a molotov to pay a visit to your local bank - then you're just another slave asshole.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:07 | 2580320 tmosley
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Lashing out at local bank branches isn't going to do any good.  If you want to use violence as a means to change, you should attack the source of the problem--the Fed.  Or at least burn down Brian Sack's house (or Jamie Dihmons, or Lloyd Blankfein's).

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:54 | 2580271 ItsDanger
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Need more detail.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 08:59 | 2580295 MrBoompi
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A .001% fudge factor on the interest rates of $504T is only $504 Billion   Certainly the banks have earned the right to skim that much from us sock puppets right?

And it's always good to set a fine before you know the size and scope of the crime.  It increases our confidence.

I think these "banks" have been given the green light to defraud the rest of us to their hearts content.  And there seems to be no stopping it.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:18 | 2580345 Vince Clortho
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We are fortunate to have such fair-minded and compassionate overlords.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:42 | 2580917 mudduck
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Don't y'all see. It's $500 plus trillion worth of HEDGING to protect the little guy. And besides all the counterparties are fully solvent and no-one has taken any bets that aren't dead flat either way. 

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 14:21 | 2581252 Kobe Beef
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I'm Maxine Waters and I approve this message.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:00 | 2580296 LawsofPhysics
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Could someone clarify, do these funds even exist?  My guess is no, so what would really happen if this were to unwind tomorrow?  My guess is nothing (aside from making all my physical assets worth even more).

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:52 | 2580635 DeadFred
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Unwind tomorrow freezes the financial system, like draining the oil out of your car. Everything physical looks fine but without transactions it's useless. We need a good backup system because this one is going down hard onces it starts and I don't want to waste my time trading turnips for heating oil.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:05 | 2580310 tmosley
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I would bet it is more like $650T, given the trend with seasonal variation in that chart.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:09 | 2580323 gojam
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Well, if you were right then $504 Trillion would disappear off of the balance sheets of banks and hedge funds.

But I don't think you are right. Consider the recent FSA announcement of the investigation of the mis-selling of interest rate swaps to small businesses in the UK.

Certainly those swaps cost small businesses billions over the last 5 years or so, and that money was definitely real.

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