Answered By: Barbara Coffey
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2019     Views: 19

Margining is the act of borrowing money to buy investments.  Brokerage clients can have a cash or margin account.  If the client has a margin account, they can borrow a percent of the value of the investments in their account.  The existing investments in the account are the collateral behind the loan.  

The margin debt on the NYSE is a total of the margin debt outstanding by customers of the clearing firms overseen by the NYSE.  The partner to margin debt is the free cash balances in margin accounts.  The NYSE release both numbers monthly. 

Use Global Financial Data. - search for margin.  

 

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