Margin Call

"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat." Margin Call is a 2011 American independent movie, which takes place over a 24-hour period at a large Wall Street investment bank during the early stages of the financial crisis of 2007/2008. The film focuses in particular on … Continue reading Margin Call

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What is a stock exchange?

A stock exchange or stock market is the physical or virtual place where the issuing and trading of shares takes place. The stock market is one of the most important components of an economy, as it provides companies with capital in exchange for giving investors partial ownership of the firm. Stock markets can be split into two … Continue reading What is a stock exchange?

The collapse of Drexel Burnham Lambert: a story of insider trading and greed

In the 1980s, Michael Milken was known in Wall Street as the "The Junk Bond King". A junk bond, also called a high-yield bond, is a corporate debt instrument that has a high probability of default, but provides a potential high rate of return. Milken, who worked at investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert, was by far … Continue reading The collapse of Drexel Burnham Lambert: a story of insider trading and greed

Black Monday: the stock market crash of 1987

After the Great Depression, started with the famous stock market crash of 1929, American people became so afraid of losing again all their saving that they left the markets, being replaced by institutional investors, such as insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds and commercial banks. Moreover, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), created … Continue reading Black Monday: the stock market crash of 1987

Bernard Madoff

Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (1938-alive), usually simply known as Bernard Madoff, is an American fraudster and a former hedge fund manager and financier. He is famous for being the author of the greatest financial fraud of all times, the so-called Madoff Investment Scandal, happened in 2008 at the peak of the Great Recession. In the past, … Continue reading Bernard Madoff

Bernie Madoff and the greatest financial fraud of all times

Bernard "Bernie" Madoff was a well-respected hedge fund manager, founder of a successful investment company named Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC and, for a period of time, Chairman of the NASDAQ. In 2008, at the peak of the Great Recession, Madoff admitted to his sons who worked with him at his firm that the company was … Continue reading Bernie Madoff and the greatest financial fraud of all times