Wachovia announced their \$23.7 billion third quarter loss with an all-too-easy-to-mock pre-taped conference call. “Let’s just close our eyes and imagine what the combination of Wells Fargo and Wachovia will create,” said CEO Bob Steel. We suppose that does make it easier not to rudely stare at the number “23,700,000,000.” [WSJ Deal Journal]

1. mookiemookie says:

[dealbreaker.com] said it best: “I’m still trying to get my head around this: What does it mean when the stock you hold that is sitting at \$6.00 per share posts a \$11.00 per share loss? That’s the Wachovia shareholder experience.”

2. shorty63136 says:

“Let’s just close our eyes and imagine what the combination of Wells Fargo and Wachovia will create,” said CEO Bob Steel.

Step One: Close eyes
Step Two: Get punched in the face
Step Three: See the pretty creation

3. TVarmy says:

I hope Wells doesn’t regret taking in all this debt. From what I’ve read, they’ve been one of the more stable banks these days

As an electrical engineer I’m used to dealing with nanoseconds = 0.000,000,001 seconds or even picoseconds = 0.000,000,000,001 seconds.

Perhaps this some sort of conservation of numbers principle where, if some people have to deal with numbers with lots of digits to the right of the decimal point then other people have to deal with numbers to the left of the decimal point.

Heck, it might be computer engineers fault they can have big losses like this. Imagine if they had to count all that money without the help of computer they could never count that high.

5. Tmoney02 says:

One wonders if this is a new record for amount of loss in one quarter.

• downwithmonstercable says:

@Tmoney02: I think GM holds that title with a \$39 billion loss.

Shouldn’t that number actually be -23,700,000,000?

• Rectilinear Propagation says:

@adamondi: But a loss of negative anything is the same as a gain, yes?

7. downwithmonstercable says:

Wow. One company, in one quarter, lost more than Latvia’s yearly GDP.

Let’s all just close our eyes and imagine a world where negative numbers don’t exist… Yes. That’s not -23,700,000,000, it’s |-23,700,000,000|. Nothing to worry about…

9. Kishi says:

“Quick, while their eyes are closed, grab their wallets!”

• mac-phisto says:

@Kishi: lol! well played.

10. Trai_Dep says:

…So this means that the execs will get a negative bonus sucking a black hole in their bank account? I like-y!