The world of stock trading is a fascinating one. It has been the basis for a number of different movies that have come around over the years. Here is a short look at four of those movies and how they show the world of trading and transactions in general.
Good Advice stars Charlie Sheen as Ryan Turner, a trader who uses unethical practices to get what he wants. However, he ends up losing his trading license after being caught. This eventually leads him into a job as an advice columnist where he becomes highly popular. This film is interesting in that it shows that traders can end up working with questionable tactics but at the same time can easily understand the ins and outs of the world at large.
This film is based on the memoir of Nick Leeson. Leeson used many illegal trading practices and intentionally covered up losses and eventually dealt with more losses as time when along. This eventually led to the bankruptcy of one of the oldest banks in all of the United Kingdom. This is an amazingly true story that shows that even when a person tries to get some big profits, illegal practices can always come around and bite back over time no matter how big or small those changes might be.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
In 1987, the film Wall Street exposed the dark and gritty aspect of trading. Michael Douglas’ character of Gordon Gekko has been seen as one of the most iconic characters of recent cinema history. Douglas reprises that role in this 2010 sequel as Gordon comes out to try and rebuild his empire after being let out of jail. More importantly, he is hoping to stop an enemy on Wall Street and alert the world about the coming dangers of what may happen in the event that the market keeps on going with the same atmosphere and philosophies it has used for years.
The last of the movies to take a look at is Margin Call, a film that takes place over a twenty-four hour period. A company discovers in this film that it is on the brink of financial disaster. This causes the company to take a look at what can be done to fix the problem even as they start to take a look at some of the most unethical solutions for taking care of the issue as it evolves through the entire night.