Looking at the world of finance through entertainment


With Finomenal fast approaching, we can take this time to think about finance. However, finance can be intimidating with all its jargon and numbers. Therefore, let’s relate the vast world of finance to something all of us can relate to: movies and shows.
Deception – The movie captures the nitty-gritties of accounting fraud.
Arbitrage – This movie once again, features accounting fraud.
Catch Me if You Can – Based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars before his 19th birthday. His biggest crime was check fraud; he became so experienced that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers.
The Accountant – The film follows a small town CPA accountant who makes his living cooking the books for dangerous criminal organizations.
Madoff mini-series (Ponzi scheme)- The miniseries is about the fraud scheme of Bernard Madoff, a former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier.
American Greed – This documentary focuses on history’s largest financial crimes.
The Simpsons (season 20)– No Loan Again, Naturally- This specific episode shows the effects of mortgage crisis on the common man.
South Park– Margaritaville (American Economics)- The entire episode gives us an idea about the mortgage crisis as well as the effects on common man in a satirical way.
Collapse (2009) – This is an 82- minute monologue by police-officer-turned-author Michael Ruppert on how he predicted the global economic meltdown.
I.O.U.S.A– This documentary focuses on ways to present charts, graphs and complex information on screen and focuses on a financial issue only tangentially related to recession. A 30-minute version of the film is available on YouTube.
The Company Men (2011) – This film is a cinematic masterpiece about the personal impact of unemployment resulting from the financial crisis. It focuses on two stakeholders – executives carrying out retrenchment and employees being downsized.


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