NYSE Margin Debt Just Shy Of New All-Time High In July

Includes: SPY
by: Cullen Roche

The latest reading on NYSE margin debt was just shy of an all-time high. Borrowing to execute securities trades has not waned much at all in recent months. The July data showed borrowing of $382.1 billion, which was slightly below the all-time record of $384.3 billion seen in April of this year. The July reading is up from $376 billion in June. Clearly, there's still a lot of confidence in the minds of traders who are borrowing to execute trades, as NYSE margin debt balances certainly appear to have a long-only bias: