Staggering losses at Merrill Lynch; $15.3B Lost in Q4

Merrill Lynch posted a massive $15.3B loss for the 4th quarter of ’08 due to huge write-downs of mortgage related debt.
The brokerage firm also warned the SEC that it still has more than $10B in exposure to sub-prime mortgage securities and more than $6B in exposure to other residential and commercial mortgage debt.

But what’s really scary is the $37.5B worth of risk they hold in “credit default swaps”. Credit default swaps are contracts that make the issuer liable if certain bonds they cover go bad. Merrill covers a-lot of bonds. If thing get worse in general and bond defaults go up Merrill will be in real trouble and will drag Bank of America down with it.

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