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Chinese Margin Debts Shrink by $156 Billion as Trades Unwind

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China’s margin debt has plunged by 1 trillion yuan ($156 billion) from its June peak as stock traders close out bets using borrowed money amid a $5 trillion rout.

Outstanding margin loans on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges fell to about 1.25 trillion yuan on Monday from a record high of 2.27 trillion yuan on June 18. The Shanghai Composite Index has plunged 45 percent from its June peak amid concern that the highest valuations among major world markets are unjustified given the outlook for slowing economic growth.