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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

NASD Issues Investor Alert on Margin

NASD today issued an updated Investor Alert warning investors about the risks associated with trading on margin. Since the release of a previous Alert on this topic in 2003, the amount of debt taken on by investors to buy securities has reached a record high of $321.2 billion in February 2007.  "We are concerned too many investors are unaware they could suffer substantial financial losses by using debt to purchase securities," said Mary L. Schapiro NASD Chairman and CEO. "By updating our Alert on this topic, we hope to remind investors not to underestimate the risks involved." See NASD Warns Investors of the Risks Associated with Using Margin to Purchase Securities and Investing with Borrowed Funds: No "Margin" for Error.

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