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…The global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes…[Indeed,] many now believe that the end is near for Deutsche Bank. Here’s why.
…On July 7 the beleaguered German giant announced that it is laying off 18,000 employees—roughly one-fifth of its global workforce—and pursuing a vast restructuring plan that most notably includes shutting down its global equities trading business…These moves may delay Deutsche Bank’s inexorable march into oblivion, but not by much and, as Deutsche Bank collapses, it could take a whole lot of others down with it at the same time.@Your Finances
…The global derivatives market played a starring role during the last financial crisis, and it will play a starring role in the next one too…
It appears that the next “Lehman Brothers moment” may be playing out right in front of our eyes. Now more than ever, keep a close eye on Deutsche Bank, because it appears that they could be the first really big domino to fall.
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Russian Roulette: Put one bullet in the cylinder of a revolver, spin the cylinder, point the gun at YOUR head, and pull the trigger. Most revolvers have 6 chambers, so your odds of surviving are 5 in 6, IF you quit after pulling the trigger once. Press your luck, spin the cylinder, point the gun, and pull the trigger again. It might be okay. Try for a third time? Now let’s play Russian roulette – derivatives style.
Deutsche Bank’s catastrophic derivative exposure has hammered down its stock price from $135 in 2007 to only $17/share today – ergo a heart-stopping price loss of -87%. Furthermore, DB’s stock price appears to be hell bent for leather to follow Lehman Brothers’ lethal path to Wall Street’s graveyard due primarily to its oppressive derivative’s exposure. As Warren Buffett has said: “Derivatives are weapons of mass destruction.”
Never before in the history of the United States have we been faced with the threat of such a great financial catastrophe but, sadly, most Americans are totally oblivious to all of this. They continue to have faith that their leaders know what they are doing, and they have been lulled into complacency by the bubble of false stability that we have been enjoying for the last couple of years. Unfortunately for them, however, this bubble of false stability is not going to last much longer and when the financial crisis comes it is going to make 2008 look like a Sunday picnic. Let me explain why I believe the aforementioned to be the case.
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