I found it interesting today when I read an email from my brokerage firm stating the following:
"We currently require a minimum of $10,000 in marginable securities or cash in order to maintain uncovered equity options positions in your account, and $25,000 in order to maintain uncovered index options positions. Effective June 23, 2010, we are lowering the minimum equity requirement for maintaining either position to $5,000."
The "cheap credit monster" just won't die! "Please, please go more in debt! Take more risk!"