Wall Street Fiction Might Be Easier To Take

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I was appointed the finance correspondent for Senior Life Advisor, an online magazine for investors near or in retirement.  The articles for Senior Life Advisor were designed to offer actionable information as well as items of interest about economics, investing and personal finance.

The markets are so painful now, that maybe it’s easier to look at Wall Street through the lens of fiction.  Here’s some movies to watch about Wall Street if you just can’t take it anymore.  

The Wolf of Wall Street.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this movie chronicles the excesses of penny stock promoter Jordan Belfort during the go-go 90s. 

The Big Short.  Part documentary, part real life drama brought to life, this Academy Award winning movie comes from the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which chronicles how a cast of real life characters made a big bet on the market’s decline during the Great Recession.  Staring Christian Bale, Steve Carrel, among others. 

Trading Places.  An oldie but a goodie.  Follow the hijinks of Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd as they set out to corner the futures market for frozen concentrate orange juice.  

American Psycho.  There’s not much humor in this movie, but it’s a cult classic about the darker side of Wall Street.  Starring Christian Bale.  

Other People’s MoneyDanny DiVito plays “Larry The Liquidator” in a dramady (with a little romance thrown in) about a corporate raider buying a struggling New England company.  

Of course there’s always Wall Street with the infamous Gordon Gekko, who famously said, “Greed is good,”  but perhaps this notion has been dispelled.