Here’s a little table I put together with numbers from the OCC — page 9 of this pdf. Using second-quarter numbers for each year, I looked at the total nominal derivatives exposure of end users — the people for whom derivatives are meant to exist — and for dealers.
Buried in Joe Hagan’s 5,500-word profile of Zero Hedge is the news (at least to me) that it’s the latest home of Equity Private, a/k/a Finem Respice. She started posting at Zero Hedge under the pseudonym “Marla Singer” in May, and even brought her radio show over there (she moonlights as a DJ). Now, however, she has been subsumed into the Borg:
Greg Mankiw, when it comes to cap-and-trade, is more or less on the side of the angels: he’s quite right that permits should be auctioned rather than given away to polluters. But is the tax code really the best way to compensate consumers for the higher energy prices they’re going to end up paying? Mankiw writes:
Mike Konczal says that all mortgages should be prepayable without penalty. He’s right — but in fact he doesn’t go far enough. As Tyler Cowen notes, it would be even better if mortgages could be prepaid at a discount when mortgage rates rise — or property prices fall.
Threatening to file for bankruptcy is a good way to get the attention of your lenders — it makes them that much more likely to agree to restructure your debts, just because bankruptcies are expensive, time-consuming, and unpredictable things. But how much money do you need to owe before your lenders will take you that seriously? In Kent Swig’s case, the number seems to be $28 million: