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Subject: Re: 60 Minutes, 401ks, & Saving Date: 4/21/2009 1:52 AM
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How big is the corporate bond market compared to the equity market?

Interesting question… I was curious about the real numbers so I looked them up. The debt numbers are especially interesting if we also consider a $10.5 trillion national debt. There sure is a lot of debt out there. I'm still trying to figure out the final outcome.... Inflation or Deflation?

Equity Market cap

Global Jan 2007.....$51.23 trillion

US May 23, 2007...$15.35 trillion (when S&P was 1522.3)
US Apr 20, 2009....$ 8.76 trillion (with S&P at 832.4)


Bond Market Cap

2007 U.S. outstanding public and private Debt

Mortgage related...$7.2 T
Corporate............$5.8 T
US treasury..........$4.5 T
Money market.......$4.1 T
Federal agencies....$2.9 T
Municipals............$2.6 T
Asset backed........$2.5 T

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