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That is likely why the actual value of $50 trillion notional could be something like $1.75 trillion, on average. It would be less if they were interest rate swaps but, in the case of a default, they would be much more if they were CDSs. The CDSs are the real weapons of mass financial destruction.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 10th, 2011 at 10:32:11 PM EST
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