Documentaries

Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street - VPRO Documentary

 |  Tuesday, 19 October 2021 09:49  |  Published in Documentaries
Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street VPRO Documentary offers some insight into the question: “what is a quant?” and gives a rare glimpse into this arcane corner of Wall Street and global financial markets. The quants are the mathematical wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that nearly brought Wall Street down. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behavior. Now, quants are at the heart of another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light. What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets like a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster? A story about greed, fear and chance from inside Wall Street.

How To Change Your Career - Documentary

 |  Sunday, 19 September 2021 08:15  |  Published in Documentaries

Build the confidence to change your career through this six-part series of films, where those with the courage to do it share their insights with the FT's work and careers writer Emma Jacobs. In part one, Emma meets two entrepreneurs who gave up climbing the corporate ladder to go it alone. Part two looks at how to leave a well-paid career in finance to turn a hobby into a steady job. In part three, Emma meets a former senior executive who left behind a high-powered career to retrain as a teacher. Part four is all about redundancy and how to bounce back when it feels like your world is falling apart. In part five, Emma learns how to launch a new career after spending several years at home with children. And part six examines whether retraining as a coder is all it is cracked up to be.

Money, Power and Wall Street - FRONTLINE Documentary

 |  Friday, 17 September 2021 04:04  |  Published in Documentaries

The special FRONTLINE investigation: Money, Power and Wall Street Documentary, tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.

Hidden Secrets Of Money - All Episodes

 |  Friday, 06 August 2021 20:49  |  Published in Documentaries

Hidden Secrets Of Money is a groundbreaking new Doc-series hosted by Mike Maloney, monetary historian and author of the world’s best selling book "Guide To Investing In Gold & Silver". Mike’s goal is to remove the fog of modern economics for ordinary people and show them that although the world economy is on shaky ground, in every crisis there lies opportunity. The mission for the series: To enlighten the world that maximum prosperity can only be achieved through individual freedom, free markets, and sound money. The latest episodes will be streamed Netflix-style direct to YouTube, they show the amazing parallels between Ancient Rome and the Unites States Of America today. This playlist is the complete series so far.

The Database: Collecting The World’s Financial Data

 |  Wednesday, 28 July 2021 13:29  |  Published in Documentaries

What do you do if your bank account suddenly gets closed and you and your business can no longer function and you have no idea why? You discover it is because you are on a database that you did not even know existed, saying that you have links with "terrorism" and therefore few banks will deal with you. This happened to two organisations in London which were listed on a database used by the banking system to combat money laundering and other financial crimes. They both resorted to legal action, their cases were settled out of court and they were paid damages but they still suffered disruption and reputational damage. This film examines these databases - how they gather information, how it is used and what human impact they can have.

End Of The Road - Documentary

 |  Friday, 23 July 2021 14:31  |  Published in Documentaries

End of the Road: "How Money Became Worthless" Documentary chronicles the global financial collapse. Told in an entertaining and easy to follow style, the film tells the story of how the world came to be in such a state, from the seeds sown after WW2, to the current troubles facing us today, and to the possible future that may await us all. Also asks influential members of the finance and investment communities for their predictions on the world’s financial future. In 2008 the world experienced financial turmoil. Markets crashed, stocks plummeted, and financial institutions thought to be invincible, collapsed. Wall Street is being occupied. Europe is collapsing in on itself. Around the world, people are consumed by fear and anger, and one question is on everyone’s lips: Was the financial crisis solved or were the problems merely kicked down the road?

25 Million Pounds - BBC Documentary

 |  Thursday, 22 July 2021 14:08  |  Published in Documentaries

25 Million Pounds Documentary details the collapse of Barings Bank in the mid 1990s primarily by a broker called Nick Leeson, who lost $1.3 billion by speculating on futures contracts. The film contextualizes the downfall as the history of Barings Bank was one of the oldest and most prestigious merchant banks in Britain, run by the same family for decades with extensive ties to Britain's elites. But in the late 19th century Barings almost went bankrupt after investing heavily in South American bonds, including backing the construction of a sewer system in Buenos Aires. The bank was saved by The Bank of England, but Edward Baring, the head of the bank, was financially ruined and never recovered. This film explores the culture of Barings and of the financial markets during the 1990s, and how Nick Leeson was able to cause another huge loss of money to the bank, this time bankrupting the company. He did this by claiming fictitious profits on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange and using money requested from London as margin payments on fictitious trades to finance his loss-making positions. It's also the profile of a stereotypical corporate psychopath, as Leeson himself explains how he was able to manipulate those around him to achieve his ends and rationalize his actions.

Becoming Warren Buffett - HBO Documentary

 |  Thursday, 22 July 2021 12:20  |  Published in Documentaries

Becoming Warren Buffett Documentary is a film by HBO who have managed to gain unprecedented access to Buffett’s day to day personal life, it tell the improbable tale of how a somewhat troublesome young man was able to channel his ambitions and become one of the richest men in the world, admired by fellow billionaires, politicians and your everyday working man. The film features interviews with Buffett's family members, friends, and business colleagues whose comments complete the circle of his complicated narrative. The centerpiece of the film, however, is a revealing conversation with the man himself. Buffet is never less than candid, and expresses appreciation for those who empowered him to succeed in his personal and business-related pursuits. In his plain-spoken, humble and folksy manner, he sheds light on what it takes to achieve and maintain wealth in all aspects of life. We share in his joy when he reflects on the great luck of meeting his wife and buying his first home, and the commitment he feels towards the cause of philanthropy. In fact, Buffett has committed the vast majority of his fortune to charitable organizations, and urges other billionaires to do the same. Becoming Warren Buffett is a moving and relatable portrait of one of the world's most fascinating and influential figures.

Women In Islamic Banking - VPRO Documentary

 |  Tuesday, 20 July 2021 19:45  |  Published in Documentaries

After the financial meltdown of 2008 it's time to see what we can learn from other systems across the globe. In Malaysia, the international hub for Islamic finance, a new generation of young bankers has found an answer in Islamic banking, which is based on the laws of the Sharia. Surprisingly enough, in this new venue female bankers are leading the way. "Women of Islamic Banking" features four high potential female bankers in Kuala Lumpur and Bahrein.

The Wall Street Code - VPRO Documentary

 |  Tuesday, 20 July 2021 16:44  |  Published in Documentaries

The Wall Street Code is a thriller about a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up against Wall Street. Haim Bodek, aka The Algo Arms Dealer. After Quants: the Alchemists of Wall Street and Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box. This is the final episode of a trilogy in search of the winners and losers of the tech revolution on Wall Street. Trading on the financial market is not longer dominated by humans, but by super fast computers and algorithms. The result of this digital revolution on Wall Street is a complex and fragmented financial system that is hard to understand and overseen. A system that we are all connected to. The only people who understand the system a bit, are the people who built it. Haim Bodek started his own high frequency trading in 2007 and built a from his point of view perfect and fast algorithm. One day it just stopped working. Profits disappeared en he went looking for the cause. He decided to go public with his search to display the rotten system.

Inside Job - 2010 Documentary

 |  Friday, 16 July 2021 09:21  |  Published in Documentaries

INSIDE JOB (2010) Documentary is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. This documentary provides a detailed examination of the elements that led to the collapse and identifies key financial and political players. Director Charles Ferguson conducts a wide range of interviews and traces the story from the United States to China to Iceland to several other global financial hot spots. Ferguson, who began researching in 2008, says the film is about "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption". In five parts, the film explores how changes in the policy, environment and banking practices helped create the financial crisis.

Running A Business And Saving The World - Documentary

 |  Wednesday, 14 July 2021 10:10  |  Published in Documentaries

The classic business structure, where a company aims to maximize its profits for their shareholders, is under fire. Entrepreneurs are increasingly opting for alternative business structures, where shareholders play a different role, and short-term thinking is a thing of the past. Can they bring out the best in people while maintaining profits? Are there alternatives to the shareholder driven company? A growing group of entrepreneurs is experimenting with new models that benefit society beyond the short-term. They believe that companies should make a positive contribution to society and the planet. The company's social and sustainable mission should be central, not maximum economic gain. In this episode, we look to the future of entrepreneurship.

Billion Dollar Day - Documentary 1985

 |  Tuesday, 13 July 2021 17:33  |  Published in Documentaries

A little dated now, this documentary still packs a formidable punch. It looks at the lives of three traders in New York, London and Hong Kong. It’s a real insight into life on the trading floor. The documentary gets its name because over a billion dollars is traded within 24 hours on the financial markets. It’s a phenomenal feat, and this trading documentary pulls no punches in showing the stress and the anxiety the traders go through in just 24 hours. People in currency trading view this as being one of the best trading documentaries ever.

Floored

 |  Monday, 25 January 2021 22:31  |  Published in Documentaries

For some, risking everything is nothing! A world that's more riot than profession, the trading floors of Chicago are a place where gambling your family's mortgage is all in a day's work. FLOORED offers a unique window to this lesser-known world of finance. Traders may not have degrees, but they've got guts, and penchant for excess. But like many aspects of our economy, technology is changing their business, and these eccentric pit denizens aren't the type to take kindly to new tricks. Computerized trading may take the emotion out of the job, but it may also take these old-timers out- they are dinosaurs in a young man's game. FLOORED is a gripping, honest look behind the curtain of the trading floor that few have ever seen.


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