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Investor Net Worth Drops To New All Time Low, NYSE Reveals

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One can debate whether or not margin debt as reported by the NYSE has any relevance in a world in which the retail investor is long gone, and where the marginal buyer are hedge funds (and primary dealers who use excess reserves as collateral for marginable derivatives and futures) who fund themselves using far more arcane "shadow" repo conduits as we have explained previously, it is indisputable that the leverage statistics disclosed monthly by New York Stock Exchange provide a useful glimpse into how the broader market is obtaining "dry powder" to keep BTFATH.

And while in July margin debt did dip modestly from near all time highs hit back in June when total margin debt was virtually tied with the previous record, at $464 billion, it was that other metric tracked by the NYSE, namely Investor Net Worth, calculated by subtracting margin debt from the notional represented in free credit cash accounts and credit balances in margin accounts, that was the notable highlight in the July report: at a negative $182.1 billion, a decline of $6.3 billion from the prior month, investor Net Worth has never been lower.

This happens to be a deficit which is more than twice as large as the net worth shortfall reached during the last market bubble, which hit ($79) billion, peaking during the quant freakout in the summer of 2007 and subsequently surging to a record high of $184.6 billion in August 2008, as repo desks closed all margin positions with virtually any and every counterparty, leaving everyone in a position of record high "net worth."

Does this, or anything else, matter in a market that is exclusively centrally-planned by the central banks and various HFT algos? We urge you to direct your questions, rhetorical as they may be, on this topic to either the NY Fed or its oftentime execution trading arm, Citadel.

Source: NYSE

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Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:29 | 5146208 blu
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Yo Tyler, you forgot kermit-in-a-ditch.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:37 | 5146237 James_Cole
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Margin debt should be renamed what it really is, future taxpayer bailout. A minor transaction cost every decade to ensure the wheels of wall street are well greased to keep making every last man woman + child in america fabulously wealthy & gainfully employed.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:39 | 5146249 max2205
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Investor?.......what's an investor?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:43 | 5146263 NotApplicable
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Just think of how much worse it would all be without the margin debt...


Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:45 | 5146266 wallstreetapost...
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:17 | 5146395 dontgoforit
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Have another round.  We're all effn' broke.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:17 | 5146647 SAT 800
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Margin debt is very serious; it's one important factor in the earth shaking crash of 1929-32; and it's very important today. The Nothing that supports the stock market positions, (the "negative wealth"), contributes greatly to the violence and speed of the ensuing crash.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:14 | 5147058 Quaderratic Probing
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And the slaughter in gold markets

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:10 | 5146620 SAT 800
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Negative 182 Billion !! Holy Shit. You realize what this means; not only is this market a bubble; it's a bubble inflated with a vacuum.OH, man; are we fucked up now.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:00 | 5146820 rainingFrogs
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yeah, really, life sucks in a vacuum.  at least it doesn't blow up, in a vacuum, I mean.  maybe collapse on itself.  this must be what a black hole looks like from the inside.  doomed doomed doomed. was that Elvis floating by? what happens when an unstoppable force collides with an immovable object?  enquiring minds want to know ... I need a drink ...

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:30 | 5146211 Dr. Engali
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Remember when all this used to matter? Yeah, me neither.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:33 | 5146220 Black Forest
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Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:33 | 5146223 Al Huxley
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How about crony insider net worth?  How's that looking?  I'm guessing it's never been higher.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:35 | 5146231 NOTaREALmerican
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Don't forget tho:   Debt that can be rolled over is really equity.   

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:42 | 5146258 IANAE
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until it suddenly isn't...

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:47 | 5146272 NOTaREALmerican
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If everybody thought like you do we all wouldn't have above average kids.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:55 | 5146304 knukles
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Not everybody can be from Lake Wobegone

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:12 | 5146623 SAT 800
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!!!! ???

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:40 | 5146239 Maplehood
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A related analysis published earlier today.  Margin debt flashing some nasty warning signs...




Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:38 | 5146242 In.Sip.ient
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"investor Net Worth has never been lower"

It does explain how they finance the low low prices for gold.

Sell gold at below any kind of market requires some kind

of subsidy.  Now we know who is doing the subsidizing.



Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:44 | 5146253 trader1
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did NBC just get trolled?  or are they trolling you?  

oh, there's just too much dark humor in this story...on so many levels



Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego, California, was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain's passport and of his body -- which feature a distinctive neck tattoo -- have been seen by NBC News. According to an activist linked to the Free Syrian Army who also saw the body and travel document, McCain was among three foreign jihadis fighting with ISIS who died during the battle.




<hands up if you thought it was John McCain's son?>
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:45 | 5146265 NOTaREALmerican
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Was this name confirmed by the NSTB or FAA?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:48 | 5146280 trader1
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i heard it was the BS&L Department.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:55 | 5146312 knukles
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Either way, couldn't have happened to a nicer kid.  Originally from Lake Wobegone, he too was above average.
Just not exceptional.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:14 | 5146631 SAT 800
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No, he wasn't; he was sub-normal. I guarantee it; go find his test scores. He was sub-normal; if he wasn't I'll pay you for your time finding the data.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:03 | 5146338 john39
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this is all part of the propaganda designed to brink the war on terror back to the U.S. and European countries...  just wait until they start publishing stories about 'returned jihadis' out to kill you and rape western civilation.   Even is this real, and its not... the bankers beat them too it by a decade...

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:11 | 5146368 Equality 7-25-1
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This is all part of the campaign to rescue tanking ratings... Death to Cable TV!

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:46 | 5146276 TheFourthStooge-ing
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:54 | 5146301 trader1
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anyone can become an internet sensational comedian these days ;-) 


relevant and funny (in context of russia/ukraine):


Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:46 | 5146275 BandGap
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I am worth more than all the riches on earth. So are all of you.

Ever since I realized this shit is going down I have seen the value of life in a much brighter hue. Hug your kids, make friends, enjoy the world for what it is, not what we have made it.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:48 | 5146282 LawsofPhysics
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...but, but, but, I thought "debt is money"...




stupid fucks.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:16 | 5146646 NEOSERF
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Dark pools dying, HFT under attack (finally), massive margin bets, lowest net worth on record, record low volume on the NYSE, yield seeking at all time high, and QE is ending....the market just keeps levitating and each of the last 3 times QE was stopped there was a crash so what makes this time different given the world is a much worse place than it was 3 years ago?  Can't wait for those traders to get back after Labor Day, should be a doozy.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:19 | 5146666 LawsofPhysics
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"so what makes this time different" --  Who is left actually participating in the "market" and the size of their dry powder.

just my two cents....

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:17 | 5146652 SAT 800
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And that's why it's a good idea to check in with Zero Hedge; regularly. This kind of reportage is very important.

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