A little fuel for the OWS fire. There are sources at the link. Bank of America Trying To Stick Taxpayers With A $74 Trillion Bill By Moving Derivatives Into FDIC-Insured Accounts And after a little digging because I thought the 74 Trillion number sounded absurd I discovered this little gem on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_market Utterly mind boggling. I had no comprehension of the size of these markets. I can't even grasp what it even means or what you do about it.