Want to learn about Investments while being Entertained at the same time?
These movies will ensure that you will learn a great deal without putting you into sleep.
Three of the four movies are related to the stories of greed for money. They make convincing cases not only by investors but by everyone to watch them
The remaining one is a documentary of the greatest investor in the world. Yup, you guessed it right!
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I have watched all these at least once, and My Personal Favorite is No.1.
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Becoming Warren Buffet
- Margin Call
- Rogue Trader
This was the movie that made me aware of the financial world. It was after watching this that I started my journey in finance.
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker. It shows his rise to the top one day, and downfall the other day.
It has everything a movie needs to have – drama, thriller, crime, romance, comedy, you name it. Having watched it 5 times, I can safely say that this is my favorite movie about the stock market.
Belfort lived a normal life before discovering the potential of the stock market. In the beginning, he works hard to earn his money. Gradually, he learns about the opportunities from the loopholes of the financial system.
Leaving the job, he starts his broking firm. His greediness rises, making him do things that will have serious consequences.
The Wolf of Wall Street portrays a perfect example of how a person can change after joining the stock market. With the desire for money, comes greed. The question is, “Can you control your greed for money, or will you become the next Jordan Belfort?”
What Rich Dad Poor Dad is for me in books, The Wolf of Wall Street is the same for me in movies.
“The easiest way to make money is -create something of such value that everybody wants and go out and give and create value, the money comes automatically.”
Do you want to understand Warren Buffet’s life in one movie?
Becoming Warren Buffet shows all the important parts of his life.
Most of us know Buffet as the Greatest Investor of our generation. But this movie shows his other side (personal life) as well.
You will learn that despite being the 4th Richest Person in the World, he still lives a simple life. He has been living in the same home he bought for $31,500 in 1958. He has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to the charity, making it the highest ever philanthropic donations.
Likewise, until recently, he had been using a $20 Fliphone. When was the last time you saw anyone carrying such a phone?
Buffet wouldn’t have reached where he is now had there not been a few essential people in his life. His father and Benjamin Graham have helped him in his professional career. Similarly, his wife, Suan, assisted him tremendously in his personal life.
He even has an imaginary friend who has helped him progress a lot – Compound Interest.
I enjoyed a lot understanding the other side of Buffet’s story, and I’m sure you will also feel the same way.
P.S. This documentary is also available on YouTube! Link
“If you’re emotional about investment, you’re not going to do well. You may have all these feelings about a stock, the stock has no feelings about you.”
3. Margin Call
Margin Call captures the span of 24 hours in the life of a Wall Street bank on the verge of collapse. Running up-to-the 2008 financial crisis, many of the bank’s employees are fired. Those included Eric Dale, who had been analyzing this crisis for a long time.
Before leaving the office, Eric hands his analysis to his subordinate Peter Sullivan.
After going through it, Sullivan finds that the bank has taken too much debts. If this is to continue, the losses will be more than its internal value.
An overnight executive meeting is called upon to address this issue. It is then decided that the company will sell whatever they can before the public learns about the situation.
So what will? Will the bank survive, or collapse just like a lot of companies in 2008 did?
Out of all these mentioned movies, Margin Call will test your mind the most. Its rapid pace forces you to grasp its plot quickly. Even a small miss in detail could mean that you won’t be able to understand the remaining of the movie.
You will mainly learn about the realistic insights running into the 2008 Financial Crisis. You will also get to know how ruthless can the modern, capitalistic economies be.
“There are three ways to make a living in this business. Be first, be smarter, or cheat.”
4. Rogue Trader
Rogue Trader gives us a great example of how young traders desire to get rich quickly In the process, they take unwanted risks. One of these mistakes could lead them to regret their whole life.
Like The Wolf of Wall Street, Rogue Trader is also a true story of Nick Leeson. He’s an employee of the Barings Bank, the world’s second-oldest merchant bank. He managed to collapse the bank after conducting fraudulent trading scandals of over $1.3 billion.
Nick was young and excited to get in the trading field. After being sent to Singapore, Nick starts taking the benefit of the flourishing Asian markets. He begins engaging in risky trades in the belief that with higher risk comes higher rewards. After running out of luck, he tries to manipulate the system by showing the favorable status of the bank.
It wasn’t late until some people become suspicious about the bank’s position.
In this energetic movie, will his frauds come out? Or will he escape from the punishment?
Nick’s story makes for a great lesson in risk management and financial oversight. It also demonstrates the challenges millennials face in their lives.