Michael Panzner's view on the dangers of derivatives is confirmed in a new book by Richard Bookstaber, a senior insider in that world. "A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation " is available from Amazon here, where you will also find a review and further information about the author.
Panzner's Financial Armageddon site reviews it (under 18 May) here, quoting and commenting on a previous Wall Street Journal piece. He calls the whole system "Ponzi finance" and Bookstaber himself is calling for a reduction in the complexity of these financial instruments. See also my review of Panzner's Financial Armageddon, which considers these and other risks to America's economy.