Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's the Derivatives, Stupid!

-Ellen Hodgson Brown
Until recently, most people had never even heard of derivatives; but in terms of money traded, these investments represent the biggest financial market in the world. Derivatives are financial instruments that have no intrinsic value but derive their value from something else. Basically, they are just bets. You can “hedge your bet” that something you own will go up by placing a side bet that it will go down. “Hedge funds” hedge bets in the derivatives market. Bets can be placed on anything, from the price of tea in China to the movements of specific markets.
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Sep 16: Why AIG is in Trouble...and why it's a Big Deal
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