Five Firms Hold 80% of Derivatives Risk. We’ve ALL Been Warned.
CFO: Members of Congress probing threats to the global financial system — especially the threat of concentration of risk — will have a lot to ponder in newly mandated disclosures highlighted by a Fitch Ratings report issued this week. While derivatives use among U.S. companies is widespread, an “overwhelming majority of the exposure is concentrated among financial institutions,” according to the rating agency’s review of first-quarter financials.
Concentrated, in fact, among a mere handful of financial-services giants. About 80% of the derivative assets and liabilities carried on the balance sheets of 100 companies reviewed by Fitch were held by five banks: JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley. Those five banks also account for more than 96% of the companies’ exposure to credit derivatives.
As much as politicians and market witch doctors want to make you believe their ponzi, bailout scheme is going to work. The worst is yet to come. Prepare for a very cold winter.