To most Americans these numbers are indiscernible. They are so incredibly enormous that we can't even imagine what one billion dollars actually looks like, let alone what it takes to generate such capital. And a trillion, or better yet, the $17.9 Trillion that is our national debt? Forget about it! That's so much money that we're talking piles of cash the size of skyscrapers.
But even a visualization like this makes it difficult to understand how much money this actually is.
Ann Bardnhardt, who in 2011 shut the doors to her investment firm and urged her clients to withdraw their money from all markets because she says the entire system has been utterly destroyed, will blow your mind in her most recent blog post.
It turns out money the way we were taught to understand it in school isn't really how we should be valuing economies or debt. Instead, we need to be looking at what that money represents.