When you think of finance, what do you think? Does it recall complex math equations that are peppered with incomprehensible factors? What about old men’s shady backroom deals in sleek suits? And how about luxurious lifestyles, packed with the world’s finest comforts, legal as well as otherwise? Maybe even… assassination?
These finance movies have it all, whether you’re searching for something to keep you on the edge of your seat, making you jealous for a crazier life, or even teaching you something or two about the wonky and complex equations that make up the backbone of the finance globe. Read on to watch today’s favorite finance films.
Margin Call- 2011 ‧ Drama/Thriller
Margin Call is a J-written and directed American drama movie from 2011. C. Chandor’s directorial debut feature. During the initial phases of the economic crisis of 2007–08, the main story takes place over 24 hours at a big Wall Street investment bank. The actions taken by a group of employees during the financial collapse that followed are in focus. Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci are featured in the ensemble cast.
A margin call is generally not excellent news for an investor in finance. If you borrow money from an agent to make an investment, a certain maintenance margin or the maximum percentage of the equity in the investment will often be required by you. In the beginning, it’s easy: if the maintenance margin is 30% and you want to invest $150,000, you’ll have to pone up your own money to $50,000. If the investment value drops, you’re in danger – because you’re going to have to pay cash to get back to the maintenance margin. For instance, if the investment value falls to $100,000 but you owe your broker $50,000 to make up the difference, you’ll have to pay him or her $20,000.
Barbarians at the Gate- 1993 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama
You likely believe in delicious snack foods when you hear “Nabisco,” not financing. This film, which explains the demise of the once-powerful company, could alter that. Ross Johnson, RJR Nabisco’s CEO, attempts to take the private company through a buyout in 1998 to avoid having to reveal the fact that their company was in severe financial trouble. Unfortunately, his co-investors are not too pleased with his plan for Johnson and are taking measures to find other business bidders. The title derives from an investor quip that attempted to prevent raiders from taking over the company through a leveraged buyout: “We need to push the barbarians back from the city gates.”
Inside Job- 2010 ‧ Crime/True crime
Inside Job is Charles Ferguson’s 2010 American documentary film about the financial crisis of the late 2000s. Ferguson, who started research in 2008, says the film is about “the systemic corruption of the financial services industry in the United States and the consequences of that systemic corruption.” In five parts, the film explores how the policy environment and changes in banking practices exacerbated the financial crisis.