Now we are getting into the uh-oh region:
NYSE Member Firm Margin Levels
(See our prior discussion on what this may or may not mean here)
Bloomberg News has the details:
The amount of money borrowed from brokerages that do business on the New York Stock Exchange to buy stock rose 3.6 percent to a second straight monthly record, reaching $295.9 billion in February. Margin debt, as the borrowing is called, in January broke the prior high set at the peak of the so-called Internet bubble.
Changes in the level of margin debt have mirrored those of U.S. stock indexes. After setting an all-time high of $278.5 billion in March 2000, margin debt dropped to less than half that amount by September 2002. It reached $285.6 billion in January.
UPDATE: March 19, 2007 5:05pm
As I read the NYSE rules on this, I do not believe Shorts are included in this;
-Rule 421. Periodic Reports
Its borrowed money — not margin data — that matters . . .
NYSE Margin Debt Advances 3.6 Percent to Second Straight Record
Bloomberg, 2007-03-19 14:39
Margin Levels Hit New Record http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2007/02/margin_records_.html