Lehman's gone, Merrill's been swallowed. Goldman and Morgan Stanley are trying to calm everyone down.
What about your money?
Even as the money in your low-interest bearing savings account is probably making you more this week than the money in your trading account, the money in your brokerage account is actually probably safer from an insurance perspective.
I spoke today with Stephen Harbeck, President of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation, SIPC, a non-governmental entity which insures brokerage accounts the way the FDIC insures bank accounts. (By the way, check if your bank accounts are fully insured by using the new FDIC website.)
While the FDIC protects up to $100,000 per individual depositor and $250,000 for IRAs, the SIPC insures up to $500,000 in missing brokerage funds. Nearly every brokerage registered with the SEC has to be a member of SIPC.