"For the past year or so, the investment world has been wrapped up in their version of a steroid scandal - the sub-prime mortgage mess. Banks are taking write-offs in the tens of billions and estimates are that write-offs will reach as high as $100 billion before long. CEOâs are losing their jobs and having to settle for multi-million dollar pensions. (Donât you feel bad for them?) But there is a secret right in front of everybody that the Fed, Wall Street and the banking industry wants to make sure investors donât notice. It is the incredible growth in derivatives. If you think the sub-prime problem is big, you ainât seen nothing yet. According to the Comptroller of the Currency, total Derivatives in the top 25 banks in the US amount to about 180 Trillion dollars. Not billion, trillion. 1000 times a billion ..... To put this in perspective, the US GDP for the 3rd quarter of 2007 was about 11 Trillion dollars. So they are playing a game with a pool of fictional money that is 16 times bigger than our economy. Let that sink in. " http://www.cornerstoneri.com/comments/TrillionDollarSecret.htm if this one burst, DOW can restart from ground zero.