Quite an amazing graphic representation of the world wide derivative exposure of major banks at http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/derivatives/bank_exposure.html. The numbers are so large its hard to wrap your brain around it without some spatial cue that mere mortals, like me, can understand. The graphs represent the amount of derivatives banks have on their books if they were paid in pallets of $100 Billion worth of $100 dollar Federal Reserve Notes. The pallets are too small to see in this graphic - go to the web site for a better idea of what these numbers mean. The graphic below is just for JP Morgan Chase. Other banks are also represented at the web site.