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Derivatives have grown to 10 times world GDP

The problem of derivatives is raised by Mark Mobius of Templeton at a speech in Japan.

Mobius: ‘Another financial crisis around the corner’

The total value of derivatives in the world exceeds total global gross domestic product by a factor of 10, said Mobius, who oversees more than $50 billion. With that volume of bets in different directions, volatility and equity market crises will occur, he said.

The global financial crisis three years ago was caused in part by the proliferation of derivative products tied to U.S. home loans that ceased performing, triggering hundreds of billions of dollars in writedowns and leading to the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in September 2008. The MSCI AC World Index of developed and emerging market stocks tumbled 46 percent between Lehman’s downfall and the market bottom on March 9, 2009.

He makes the point of why it matters.  When there are that many bets as he calls it being made in so many directions, there has to be losers at some point.

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Written by Colin Henderson

May 30, 2011 at 15:28

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