Plus one. Front page.
It is just too cool to watch K5 readers vote this story down for being "not about technology" when the front page is choked with foreign policy articles.
Do yourself a favor. Pick a prominent stock or two and then go lurk on an investment board for a while. Some of them are hilarious. You won't learn enough to become a trader, but you'll at least figure out a few things about this "money" stuff works.
If you lurk long enough, the gold bugs will eventually come out of hiding, and when that happens, you're in for a real treat. They're the grand conspiracy freaks of the investment world. And they wrote the piece that this MLP references. Go find the GATA web site and read as much as you can handle-- it's an exercise in vicarious dementia that only the internet can provide.
On a side note, JPM/Chase is indeed in rough waters these days, but it's not because of their derivatives exposure. The reason? My guess would be credit cards (the most likely reason for the interest rate derivatives hedge), or maybe mortgage exposure. I don't know, I haven't done due dilligence, and I don't plan to, because it's one of the most boring things imaginable.
Wake up, kids. If the Greenspan economy gets hit with a combination of credit card default, mutual fund divestment, and a collapse of the real estate bubble, it will affect you far more than any scrap of anti-crypto legislation on the horizon.