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  • dr_klumps dr_klumps Aug 16, 2013 5:09 PM Flag


    There is too much borrowing with little or no collateral.

    The New York Stock Exchange tracks margin debt for the U.S. market. The April 2013 figure of 384 billion in U.S. dollars marked an all-time high since records started in 1959. When netting out account credit metrics, such as free credit cash and credit balances in margin accounts, total investor net worth just hit a record low since 2000 at $106 billion. In other words, investors rarely have been more levered than today. The S&P 500 closed yesterday at 1689.47 and has traded over the 1,700 level. The intra-day low on March 6, 2009, was 666, and the market closed that day at 683.38. That represents almost a 150% increase, which is staggering.

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    • Well I agree to some extent doc. The stock markets have had the blinders on to rising interest rates. It is just a delayed reaction and at some point the rude awakening hits hard.

      Leverage will only end when regulation is in place to control it. And that may or may not be on the other end of a financial disaster. Until then.......enjoy the wild west...

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