If its in the fine print at E*Trade, Scottrade, and Fidelity, its in the fine print everywhere. Meaning- if you trade on margin, expect that your margin is currently re-hypothecated by your broker. As in loaned out to itself or THE MORGUE! Which means that if your broker goes the way of the Dodo bird (as E*Trade came within hours of doing in Oct of 2008), you can kiss your cash goodbye, just like MF Global clients have. If your re-hypothecated collateral has been used to purchase derivatives, the counter-party to your brokerage who re-hypothecated your assets WILL LAY CLAIM TO YOUR BROKERS' ASSETS (YOUR COLLATERAL) AS THEY HOLD SENIOR STATUS UNDER CURRENT BANKRUPTCY LAW!! This is what just went down with MF Global and JP Morgan, and why Mr. Dimon is walking around with a big grin on his face.
EXPECT TO LOSE (HAVE STOLEN) YOUR PAPER ASSETS BY THE END OF THE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE!