It is always easier to view the size by means of chart or graphic display...
This is a graphical illustration on the size comparison of Q2 2007 and Jan 20 2009.
This is the market size of the world largest financial vehicles like Citi Group, HSBC...etc
You will be shock to see the size has been deminished to a scale like what Chinese Say
:Put hot water onto the pig intestines, what will you expect to see?
Extract from Boomberg 20 Jan 2009