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Stock Market Warning Signs: Record $423.7 Billion of Debt Is Now Invested in the Market

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Blake Bos
January 1, 2014

The New York Stock Exchange recently updated its stock market margin-debt data, showing that Main Street and Wall Street are continuing to dump billions in borrowed dollars into the stock market. 


Source: NYSE.

Borrowed money in the stock market, known as "margin debt," hit an all-time high of $423.7 billion in November. This puts margin debt, adjusted for inflation, 4.6% below levels seen during the housing bubble and above highs set during the dot-com bubble.

Margin debt is accrued when someone takes out a loan and invests that money into the stock marke