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Stock Exchange Margin @ All Time High standard

I was reading a variety of different articles last night and was brought to a link (included below) which shows all of the outstanding margin debt in the US stock market.  As of March, margin debt hit an all time high of $476 Billion.  Another statistic that isn't reported is all of the pledged loans that occur at the large brokerage firms.  This is regulated under a different section called Reg U (Reg T is for margin) and isn't reported the same way so we can't see the amount of credit that's been extended under these accounts.  In my experience at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and UBS, they "pushed" advisors to having clients establish pledged loans because the rates ...

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Interesting Times standard

  It's a very interesting time in the markets when by almost every measure, US stocks are overvalued and global government bond yields are at unsustainably low levels.  Germany's 10 year bond is now below .10%.  What's a German investor to do!  Buy stocks of course and US Government bonds since besides the 1.80% yield, you can also have currency gains (or losses) as well.  Central banks have been easing at an unprecedented pace, yet GDP is not responding like it has in the past after a major recessions.  In my opinion, I feel the seeds are being sewn for another 2008 type environment sometime in the coming years.  With European QE coming to the party late, I believe the ...

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