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Business idioms and financial jargon illustrated

business idioms

An idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning whereas¬†Jargon is a type of language that is used in a particular context¬†‚ÄĒusually a specific trade or profession‚ÄĒ and may not be well understood outside of it. Here you have a list of some of the most common idioms and jargon used in business. I’ve also included some sayings and terms that may come in handy in some business situations.¬†This post will be regularly updated with new idioms and jargon.

A Company man


  1. A company man. Spanish: hombre de empresa. Business idiom. Example: John’s a company man. We can trust him. He’ll keep his mouth shut.

Captain of industry

2. Captain of industry. Spanish: jefe de la industria. Business idiom. Example: Today we are having lunch with a captain of industry.

(to) cut one’s losses

3. (to) cut one’s losses¬†in Spanish: recortar gastos.¬†Business idiom. Example: It’s time for Pear Enterprises to cut their losses and negotiate.

(to) go public

4. (to) go public. Spanish: Salir a bolsa. Financial jargon.

(to) go belly up

business idioms

5. (to) go belly up . Spanish: Irse a pique. Business idiom.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch


6. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Spanish: No hay duros a cuatro pesetas.¬†¬†Saying. Example: Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Green shoots

expresiones en inglés expressions in Spanish

7. Green shoots (the first signs of an improvement in an economy). Spanish: brotes verdes. Business idiom. Example: The tentative green shoots of recovery seem to be withering away.

Chicken feed

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8. Chicken feed (a very small amount of money). Business idiom.

Big fish

business idioms

9. Big fish in Spanish: pez gordo.¬†Business idiom. Example: He’s a big fish in a very small pond.

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10. Shark (e.g. loan shark). Shark in Spanish: tiburón (also in a figurative sense). Financial jargon. M&A is usually a dog-eat-dog shark tank business

800-pound gorilla

business idioms

11. 800-pound gorilla. Business idiom.

(to) foot the bill

economy and finance idioms

12. (to) foot the bill. (to) foot the bill in Spanish: pagar la factura (sometimes called “la dolorosa”).¬†Business idiom. Example: One way or another, citizens always have to¬†foot the bill.

(to) be broke

13. (to) be broke (to have no money). (to) be broke in Spanish: estar sin blanca. Business idiom.

Money doesn’t grow on trees

money idioms

14. Money doesn’t grow on trees / Money don’t grow on trees.¬†¬†Saying.

Native speakers will often use the form “Money don’t grow on trees” in informal situations as it’s faster to prononce “don’t”, due to the fact it has one less syllable. In Spanish “El dinero no cae del cielo” (literally money doesn’t fall from the sky) conveys the same meaning.

(to) be rolling in money

money idioms

15. (to) be rolling in money / (to) be rolling in it. In Spanish, “estar forrado”.¬†Business idiom. Also: (to) be made of money

Money talks

money idioms

16. Money talks (you can do what you want with money). In Spanish one cas say “poderoso caballero es don dinero” (literally, Mr Money is a powerful gentleman) conveying the same meaning.¬†Business idiom.

Money doesn’t give happiness

money idioms

17. Money doesn’t give happiness. In Spanish, “el dinero no da la felicidad”.¬†¬†Saying.

A rising tide lifts all boats

business idioms

18. A rising tide lifts all boats.  Saying.

Time is money

financial idioms

19. Time is money (e.g. In other words, in international trade, time is money). In spanish “el tiempo es oro” (literally time is gold).¬†¬†Saying.

(to) call a loan

finance idioms

20. (to) call a loan. Financial jargon.

Ill-gotten gains

business idioms

21. Ill-gotten gains (e.g. These ill-gotten gains are laundered and go into circulation in the legal economy). Spanish: ganancias ilícitas. Business idiom.

Money laundering

financial jargon

22. Money laundering is the process of transforming the profits of crime and corruption into ostensibly ‘legitimate’ assets. (e.g. ¬†The EU¬†had also introduced measures to monitor and prevent money-laundering). Spanish: blanqueo de dinero. Financial jargon.

Money for jam

economy idioms

23. Money for jam (e.g. Selling cold drinks with a vending machine  is money for jam when it is very hot).· also money for old rope. Spanish: dinero fácil. Business idiom.

(to) be worth its weight in gold

valer su peso en oro en inglés

24. (to) be worth its weight in gold (e.g. His ideas are worth its weight in gold). Spanish: valer su peso en oro.  Saying.

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25. It’s a win-win (Beneficial to each of the two parties). Spanish: ventajoso para todos.¬†Business idiom.

(to) skyrocket

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26. (to) skyrocket. Spanish: dispararse. Financial jargon.

Margin call

financial idioms financial jargon

27. Margin call. Spanish: ajuste de márgenes. Financial jargon.

Liquid assets

finance liquid assets

28. Liquid assets. Spanish: activos líquidos. Financial jargon.

Cash cow

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29. Cash cow. Cell phone accessories are a cash cow for¬†our business. Spanish: vaca lechera, gallina de los huevos de oro…¬†Business idiom.

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Bull market

bull market stock market stock exchange

30. Bull market. Spanish: mercado alcista. Financial jargon.

Bear Market / Bearish market

31. Bear Market:¬†A stock market where a majority of investors are selling (“bears”), causing overall stock prices to drop. Financial jargon.


financial jargon

32. Bear market. Spanish: mercado bajista. Financial jargon.

Venture capital

financial jargon

33. Venture capital. Spanish: Capital riesgo. Business idiom.

Hostile takeover

opa hostil en inglés

34. Hostile takeover. Spanish: compra hostil. (Hostile bid: OPA hostil). Financial jargon.

Ninja loan

financial jargon idioms

35. Ninja loans. Financial jargon.

Real-Estate bubble

housing bubble property bubble

36. Real-estate bubble. Also: housing bubble or property bubble. Spanish: burbuja inmobiliaria. Financial jargon.

Tax haven


37. Tax haven or tax shelter. Spanish: paraíso fiscal. Financial jargon.

A debt paid is a friend kept


friends and debts money

38. [Saying] A debt paid is a friend kept.  Saying.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth


39.¬†[Saying] Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth French:¬†Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l’auras.¬†¬†Saying.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

40. [Saying] A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  Saying.

All that glitters is not gold

sayings dichos

41. All that glitters is not gold.  Saying.

A promise is a promise

A promise is a promise

42.  A promise is a promise.  Saying.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket


no pongas todos los huevos en la misma cesta

43. [Saying] ¬†Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket

A square deal

44. Square deal (A fair agreement). Spanish: trato justo. Business idiom.

Nest egg

business idioms

45. Nest egg. Spanish: fondo de reserva. Business idiom.

Short selling

venta a corto

46. Short selling. Spanish: venta a corto, venta al descubierto. Financial jargon.

Stocks / Shares

tipos de acciones

47. Blue chips           48. Growth stocks           49. Defensive stocks         50. Income stocks           51. Value stocks        Financial jargon.

Junk bond

financial jargon

52. Junk bond:¬†A¬†bond¬†which is considered below “investment grade” due to a significant risk of¬†default¬†by the issuer. The interest rate is higher in order to compensate holders for that risk. Junk bond in Spanish: bono basura.

A penny saved is a penny earned


business idioms

53. A penny saved is a penny earned.  Saying.


Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA)

54. EBITDA Financial and accounting jargon.

Credit Rating

financial jargon

55. Credit rating. Spanish: calificación crediticia. Financial jargon.

Asset management

financial jargon

56. Asset Management. Spanish: gestión de activos. Financial jargon.



57. Leverage: In finance, leverage  is any technique involving the use of borrowed funds in the purchase of an asset, with the expectation that the after tax income from the asset and asset price appreciation will exceed the borrowing cost. Leveraging enables gains and losses to be multiplied. Spanish: apalancamiento. Financial jargon.

(to) keep one’s head above water

financial idioms

58. (to) keep one’s head above water. Spanish: mantenerse a flote. Business idiom.

On a shoestring

economy idioms

59. On a shoestring > The documentary was made on a shoestring. Spanish: con recursos mínimos, con un bajo presupuesto. Business idiom.

Insider trading

busines idioms

60. Insider trading > The use of confidential information by an Associate for personal business and insider trading is strictly prohibited. Spanish: tráfico de información privilegiada. Financial jargon.

Chinese wall

financial jargon

61. Chinese wall > ¬†A set of rules and procedures – known¬†as¬†a¬†Chinese wall¬†–¬†have been established¬†to prevent inside information¬†from reaching the areas responsible for the management of the ECB’s foreign reserves and own funds portfolio. Chinese wall in Spanish: muralla china. Business and financial jargon.

Fair trade

comercio justo

62. Fair trade. Spanish: comercio justo.

Economy of the common good

économie du bien commun

63. Economy for the common good

Comparative advantage

64. Comparative advantage. Spanish: ventaja comparativa.

Absolute advantage

ecomomics foreign trade

65. Absolute advantage. Spanish: ventaja absoluta.

Monkey business

business idioms

66. Monkey Business. Business idiom.

Banker’s hours

67. Banker’s hours.¬†Business idiom.

Interest rates

financial jargon

68. Fixed and floating interests rates. Spanish: tipos de cambio fijos y variables.

Quantitative easing

flexibilización cuantitativa

69. Quantitative easing in Spanish: expansión cuantitativa

Above board

business idioms

70. Above board  > The negociations were long and at times quite difficult, but completely open and above board. Above board in Spanish: sin trampa ni cartón, trato justo. Business idiom.

Rags to riches

Money idioms

71. Rags to riches. Money idiom.


Golden handshake

business idioms

72. Golden handshake. Business idiom.

Talk shop

talk business

73. (to) talk shop. Business idiom.

Rome was not built in a day


74. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Saying.

Out of the frying pan into the fire

idioms in Spanish

75. Out of the frying pan into the fire. (French: de Charybde en Scylla). Saying.

Market capitalization

financial jargon

76. Market capitalization. Financial jargon.

(to) be sky high

economy idioms

77. (to) be sky-high. Business idiom. Spanish: estar por las nubes. Business idiom



78. Wrapper. Financial Jargon.


It’s good fishing in troubled waters



79. It’s good fishing in troubled waters. Saying.

Hard cash

contante y sonante en inglés

80. Hard cash (meaning coins or notes, but not cheques or  credit cards). Idiom.

Double-edged sword

arma de doble filo en inglés

81. Double-edged sword

Success and failure

two sides of the same coin

82. Success and failure are two sides of a coin called risk, financial translator.

Never invest more than you can afford to lose


risk meme

83. Never invest more than you can afford to lose (business saying)

High risk high reward

finance saying

84. High risk, high reward (business saying)

(to be) born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth


economy idioms

85. (to be) born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth: (to be) born¬†into¬†a¬†wealthy¬†and privileged¬†family. Idiom.

Back-of-the-envelope calculation

business idioms

86. Back-of-the-enveloipe calculation: quick approximate calculation done informally.  Rough calculation, typically jotted down on any available scrap of paper such as an envelope.

(to) have deep pockets

(to) have deep pockets

87. (to) Have deep pockets: (to) have a lot of money or abundant financial resources.

(to) be ahead of the game

88. (to) stay / be ahead of the way. to know more about the most recent developments in a particular field than the companies one is competing against. Spanish: Llevar la delantera.

Quit while you’re ahead


business idioms

89. Quit while you’re¬† ahead: don’t try to improve sth that is already accomplished, specially if it is rewarding but risky.

Blank cheque

business idioms

90. Blank cheque (When someone is given an unlimitted freedom of action. A grant of complete authority to spend an unlimited amount of money, or to take other actions without restraint.) · Example: Generally, courts have held that the First Amendment does not give people of faith a blank check to ignore the law. Spanish: Cheque en blanco.

(to) be coining it

to be coining money

91. (to) be coining it:  to be earning a lot of money. Also: (to) be coining money or (to) be minting it/minting money.  Spanish: Estar montado en el dólar. Example: She must be coining it in with all those extra shifts.

Ballpark figure/number

business idioms

92. Ballpark number / figure. Spanish: una cifra aproximada. Example: A ballpark figure for the number of staff the company might require would therefore be around 50.

(to) corner the market

business idioms

93. (to) corner the market. Spanish: dominar el mercado.

Grasp all, lose all

94. Grasp all, lose all. Spanish: la avaricia rompe el saco.

(to) Run the numbers

business idioms

95. (to) run the numbers = (to) do the numbers. Spanish: echar cuentas. Example: When we ran the numbers it started looking very attractive.

License to make money

business idioms

96. Licence (UK) License (US)  to print money. Spanish: una máquina de hacer dinero.

For a song

business idioms

97. For a song (very cheap). Spanish: por cuatro perras.

(to) cook the books

business idioms

98. (to) cook the books). Spanish: ama√Īar las cuentas. Example: The accountant cooked the books and made himself a lot more money

Think outside the box

business idioms

99. Think outside the box. Example: To increase sales we must begin thinking outside the box.

Across the board

Business idioms

100. Across the board. Spanish: de modo generalizado. Example: Accountability must be applied fairly and across the board.

Fish or cut bait

business idioms

101. Idiom: Fish or cut bait, Mark. There’s work to be done here.¬†Decide whether you’re going to watch or help. Spanish: No te quedes de brazos cruzados y haz algo.

Learn the ropes

business idioms

102. Idiom: (to) learn the ropes


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Best movies about Economy and Finance

Best movies about economy and finance

Economy and finance  have all been depicted on the silver screen several times, and  I’ve done my best to identify the best movies about such issues.

Here¬†is a collection of some of the best movies about economy and finance. They are also a way¬†to bring complicated economic and business information to the general public. Please don’t hesitate to comment on any movie and tell your preferences. You can get¬†more information about the movies by clicking on them.

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Trading places (1983) They’re not just getting rich… They’re getting even

Director: John Landis  Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy

Trading Places is one of the ¬†funniest movies about the financial world ever made.¬†Yet it’s precisely because it’s an Aykroyd comedy that the whole plot is sometimes senseless. Anyway, if you want to have a good time and don’t analyze too much, it’s a good choice to spend a sunday afternoon.

Assault on Wall Street

Assault on Wall Street (2013) Power. Greed. Justice.

Director: Uwe Boll Writer: Uwe Boll Stars: Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, Edward Furlong

Some say the recent financial crisis proves that the world needs a new financial system, because this one is generating too much  poverty, social inequality, and despair. This is the case of a security guard for an armored truck, Jim (Dominic Purcell), who will give vent to his hatred against Wall Street speculators and a system that has ruined his life.

Other's people monmey

With other people’s money (1991) Meet Larry the liquidator. Arrogant. Greedy. Self-centered. Ruthless. You gotta love the guy.

Director: Norman Jewison Writers: Jerry Sterner (play), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Mille

With other people’s money was ¬†based on the play¬†of the same name by Jerry Sterner.¬†Lawrence¬†Garfield, known as “Larry the Liquidator” ¬†(Danny DeVito) is a prosperous¬†corporate raider who has become wealthy¬†buying up companies and selling off their assets. With the help of a computerized stock analyzing program, Garfield has spotted New England Wire & Cable as his next target. The struggling company is run by the benevolent and homey¬†Andrew “Jorgy” Jorgenson (Gregory Peck) who¬†is the primary employer in its small¬†Rhode Island town.

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ŌĬ†(1998) One of the decade’s true originals¬†

Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Darren Aronofsky (story) Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman

Pi is an acclaimed “schizophrenic” thriller that has become a cult film over the years. It tackles issues such as¬†maths, finance, God, nature… in a very original way. A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code that explains almost everything. ¬†Soon he will draw the attention of dark characters who represent even darker interests.



Rogue trader (1999) He’ll risk everything to beat the system!

Director: James Dearden Writers: James Dearden, Nick Leeson  Stars: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Yves Beneyton

It is a¬†riveting true story about how greed, excess and high-stakes gambling brought down one of Britain’s oldest and most successful financial institutions. When futures trader Nick Leeson (Ewan¬†McGregor) is sent to Singapore by the 200-year-old Barings Bank, he dreams of making a killing in the stock market. Nick’s firm believes he is the most successful trader they’ve ever employed…but he secretly begins to divert¬†vast amounts of their money to cover his risky financial wagering. With enough debt to match his desperation, Nick risks everything in a frantic bid to beat the system and win back the money.

The wolf of Wall Street (2014) The great American picture of today!

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Director: Martin Scorsese Writers: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie |

Movie based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a particular band of brokers, Belfort makes a big fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his colleagues enjoy a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his kingdom of excess.


Too big to fail

Too big to fail (2011)

Director: Curtis Hanson Writers: Peter Gould, Andrew Ross Sorkin Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt

Too Big to Fail is a U.S. television drama film first broadcast on HBO on May 23, 2011 based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s non-fiction book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System‚ÄĒand Themselves (2009). The film was directed by Curtis Hanson. It received 11 nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards; Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of Ben Bernanke earned him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Read more…


Wall Street (1987)

Director: Oliver Stone Writers: Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie

“Greed is good” has gone down in cinema history as one of the most famous and ominous quotes. On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is an ambitious and impatient stockbroker, willing¬†to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unmerciful corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Fox suduces¬†Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his honest ¬†father (Martin Sheen). Faced with this dilemma, Fox starts¬†quostioning Gekko’s coaching.

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Boiler Room (2000) It’s “Wall Street” for the new millennium

Director: Ben Younger Writer: Ben Younger Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long

A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.

Margin call (2011) Be first. Be smarter. Be cheat.

Director: J.C. Chandor Writer: J.C. Chandor Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey


Once Sullivan analyzes the data, he realizes the universal gravity of Dale’s warning – that the firm is so over-committed to underwater mortgage-backed securities that the total potential loss exceeds the firm’s total market capitalization value. In other words, the projected scenario means the firm will soon owe a lot more than it’s worth, and the market will be on the verge of an apocalyptic meltdown. What happens after this discovery is a series of sharply intense clandestine confrontations with each level of higher-ups recognizing the ramifications of the inevitable disaster, each one far more nuanced in character than we are used to seeing in films from Oliver Stone about greed and immorality. Blessedly, Chandor doesn’t stoop to the customary stereotypes in this corporate cage match, but what he does manage is capture the moral compass underneath each player by way of a cast that really delivers the goods with powerfully implosive performances. Read more.

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Concursante / Contestant (2007)

Director: Rodrigo Cortés Writer: Rodrigo Cortés Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Chete Lera, Miryam Gallego

SYNOPSIS: Martin is an average¬†guy with an average job and a long standing girlfriend, but his life is turned upside down when he wins a quiz show and prizes in abundance that value almost 4 million dollars. However, the tax authorities expect to receive half the value of the prizes at the end of the financial year. Since all of the prizes are not in hard cash he starts a mad cap race to free himself from the sudden financial burden. But his life becomes a roller-coaster ride when his girlfriend starts spending the cash value of the prizes at the same rate he is frantically trying to sell them. …The Contestant ( Concursante

le capital

Le capital (2012) Director: Costa-Gavras Writers: Karim Boukercha, Costa-Gavras (screenplay) Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Liya Kebede

SYNOPSIS: The film describes an executive who becomes the CEO of a large bank, only to upset the bank’s board of directors when he begins to take unilateral control in the bank, laying off many of the employees and making a corrupt deal with the head of an American hedge fund. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, …Capital ( Le capital )


The Big Short (2015)

In 2005, eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) discovers that the United States housing market based in subprime loans, is extremely precarious. Eventually he comes up with a shoking idea that will make him -and his investors- rich.

This drama, based on the book The big short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

Money Monster (2016)

Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on trading and Wall Street is forcefully interrogated by  a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip


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Mejores películas sobre economía y finanzas

Recopilación actualizada de las mejores películas sobre economía y finanzas

Pel√≠culas sobre econom√≠a, finanzas, la bolsa, la crisis financiera, brokers, dealers…

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1. PI (1998) Una pel√≠cula tan extra√Īa como excepcional en la que se mezcla la fantas√≠a, las matem√°ticas, la naturaleza, la bolsa… Dirigida por¬†Darren Aronofsky, con la magistral interpretaci√≥n de Sean Gullete. Maximillian Cohen, un¬†matem√°tico¬†reservado y paranoico con fuertes migra√Īas, cree que toda la naturaleza puede ser representada mediante¬†n√ļmeros. Vislumbra tambi√©n el¬†patr√≥n matem√°tico que esconde la bolsa mediante c√°lculos y programas propios que introduce en su ordenador¬†Euclides.¬†Ganadora del premio del festival de Sundance 1998.¬†Una muestra del mejor cine independiente americano.


2. El Capital (2012) Costa Gavras, el director, nos sirve aquí la realidad pura y dura de las altas finanzas. Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) es un cínico empleado de banca que iniciará un ascenso imparable en el mundo de la banca de inversión hasta convertirse en una de las personas más influyentes del país.


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Poster bolsa de Nueva York

3. Las uvas de la ira (1939) Un clásico excepcional de John Steinbeck en el que retrata como nadie la situación social que se vivió en Estados Unidos durante la gran depresión. Los paralelismos con la situación actual son inevitables.

4. Too big to fail (2011) A medio camino entre la película y el documental, esta producción de la BBC dirigida por Curtis Handson cuenta con un reparto excepcional y unas caracterizaciones sorprendentemente conseguidas. Handson reproduce el fin de semana seguramente más dramático en la historia de Wall Street desde el crack del 29. Lehman Brothers, uno de los bancos de inversión con más tradición de Wall Street, se hundió en septiembre de 2008 .

5. Wall Street (1987) Genial interpretaci√≥n de Michael Douglas que le vali√≥ el Oscar al mejor actor. En este film del director Oliver Stone, Gordon Gekko,¬†un personaje sin escr√ļpulos que ha conseguido amasar una gran fortuna en el mundo de la bolsa no tardar√° en dar con Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), un corredor de bolsa que lo admira.

6. Margin Call (2011). En esta pel√≠cula dirigida por J.C. Chandor nos enconontramos un elenco de actores que no necesitan presentaci√≥n:¬†Kevin Spacey,¬†Paul Bettany,¬†Jeremy Irons,¬†Demi Moore… I es la cr√≥nica del derrumbe de un todopoderoso banco de inversi√≥n durante las 24 horas previas al inicio de la crisis financiera de 2008. Definici√≥n de la expresi√≥n margin call.

7. La locura del dólar (1932) Frank Capra dirige esta película que narra las tribulaciones de un presidente de banco a quien se le arrebata el poder después de la caída de la bolsa. Titulada en inglés American Madness.

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8. El gran farol (1999) James Dearden dirige esta pel√≠cula basada en una historia real. En 1995,¬†Nick Leeson¬†(Ewan McGregor) , un empleado de Barings Bank , puso patas arriba el sistema financiero del sureste asi√°tico. Fue destinado a Singapur para trabajar en el mercado de futuros. Considerado un trabajador ejemplar, resulta que robaba al banco enormes sumas de dinero para cubrir las p√©rdidas de sus temerarias operaciones financieras… pero tanto va el c√°ntaro a la fuente, que al final se rompe.



9. El lobo de Wall Street (2014) Basada en la autobiografía de Jordan Belfort, desde su ascenso como acaudalado corredor de bolsa de Nueva York a su caída, cuando se ve implicado en el crimen y la corrupción. Dirigida por Martin Scorsese y protagonizada por Leonardo di Caprio. J. Belfort se niega a cooperar en un gran caso de fraude de valores, en el que están envueltos Wall Street, las grandes corporaciones bancarias y la mafia. Crítica de EL lobo de Wall Street.

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***10.10. El Informador¬†(2000).¬†Dirigida por Ben Jounger y titulada en ingl√©s “Boiler room”. Pel√≠cula sobre j√≥venes y ambiciosos agentes de bolsa. Especialmente indicada para fans de Vin Diesel y Ben Affleck, con algunas escenas memorables como la que pod√©is ver en el v√≠deo y que a menudo se presentan como ejemplos de negociaci√≥n en escuelas de negocios. ¬†

(11) The International: dinero en la sombra (2009). Coproducción germano-estadounidense basada en un caso real y protagonizada por Clive Owen (el agente de la interpol Louis Sallinger en el film) y Naomi Watts (la fiscal de distrito Eleanor Whittman en la película).  El título es elocuente. Los protagonistas pretenden llevar ante la justicia a uno de los bancos más influyentes, corruptos y poderosos del mundo. Una película que combina acción y denuncia y que arranca con ímpetu aunque vaya perdiendo gas a medida que avanza. Sin embargo, se trata de una pieza muy recomendable que os dejará con una sensación inquietante.

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(12) The big short (2015). Traducida al espa√Īol como La gran apuesta. Una gran pel√≠cula que posiblemente se gane un puesto entre el top ten en la actualizaci√≥n. Argumento: Poco¬†antes de la hecatombe financiera mundial del 2008, hubo cuatro tipos que vse dieron cuenta que todo el mercado hipotecario iba a quebrar. Entonces decidieron apostar contra el mercado de la vivienda a la baja, en contra de cualquier criterio l√≥gico de por aquel entonces… ¬†Bien interpretada, quiz√°s un poco enrevesada por el lego en la materia financiera, pero muy recomendable.


(13) Money Monster (2016). Sin ser una de las mejores, tiene momentos de tensión muy logrados. Buena interpretación de Julia Roberts. Yo diría que la película se propone objetivos demasiado ambiciosos de denuncia y de thriller , aunque pasas un rato entretenido. No pasará a los anales de la historia, pero en cualquier caso, no te vas a aburrir.

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(14) El concursante¬†(2007). Magn√≠fica pel√≠cula dirigida por Rodrigo Cort√©s. Una s√°tira bien planteada sobre el funcionamiento de la econom√≠a, de las finanzas y de las paradojas que esconden. Proverbial explicaci√≥n de lo que es e implica la reserva fraccionaria (o fraccional). Protagonizada por Leonardo Sbaraglia. Sin duda merece la pena. Muy recomendable. Gracias Juan por sugerirla ūüôā¬†

(15) Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), de James Foley, con gui√≥n de David Mamet: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris… Una aut√©ntica maravilla en la que todo aqu√©l que haya trabajado en un departamento comercial se ver√° reflejado y reconocer√° varias estrategias y conductas.

Tucker, un hombre y un Sue√Īo¬†(1988), titulada en ingl√©s¬†Tucker: The Man and His Dream.¬†Dirigida por Francis Ford Coppola y protagonizada por Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen y Martin Landau. La pel√≠cula cuenta la historia de como Preston Tucker intent√≥ sacar al mercado el Tucker Sedan.

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El mago de las¬†mentiras. T√≠tulo original: The wizard of lies. Biopic sobre la vida del mayor estafador de la historia; Bernard Madoff (protagonizado por¬†Robert De Niro), quien en diciembre de 2008 fue detenido por el¬†FBI¬†y acusado de ¬†un¬†fraude que alcanz√≥ los 52.000 millones de d√≥lares, lo que lo convirti√≥ en el mayor fraude llevado a cabo por una sola persona. El 29 de junio de 2009 fue sentenciado a 150 a√Īos de prisi√≥n. Una direcci√≥n s√≥lida y un gui√≥n contenido. Magn√≠ficas interpretaciones de¬†Robert De Niro,¬†Michelle Pfeiffer,¬†Kristen Connolly,¬†Lily Rabe,¬†Hank Azaria y Alessandro Nivola. Recomendable.

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Con el dinero de los dem√°s. Titulada en ingl√©s Other people’s money¬†Larry Garfield (Danny DeVito), un individuo sin escr√ļpulos que adora el dinero, es conocido en Wall Street como ‚ÄúLarry el liquidador‚ÄĚ por su proclividad a adue√Īarse de las empresas de los dem√°s. Ahora tiene en el punto de mira la empresa de un anciano ¬†(Gregory Peck) que, para conservar su empresa, contrata una avispada y atractiva abogada, cuyos escr√ļpulos son equiparables a los de Larry.

Asalto a Wall Street¬†(2013), titualada en ingl√©s Assault on Wall Street. Dirigida y escrita por Uwe Boll y protagonizada por Dominic Purcell (lo recordar√©is de la serie Prison Break)¬†es un alegato contra los abusos de un sistema financiero desregulado que ha afectado a millones de americanos que hab√≠an confiado sus ahorros (sin ser del todo conscientes y mal asesorados por sus brokers) a fondos de inversi√≥n de alt√≠simo riesgo. Ello conllev√≥ dramas personales que, en esta pel√≠cula, cobran su m√°xima crudeza. Jim es un neoyorquino que vive una vida tranquila, con un trabajo estable y una esposa cari√Īosa. De repente, todo cambia cuando la econom√≠a se hunde y Jim lo pierde todo de la manera m√°s dolorosa. Lleno de ira, rabia y dolor, Jim decide vengarse de los causantes de sus desgracias.

In time (2011)¬†Si reducimos los activo a lo m√≠nimo, nos quedan dos: el tiempo y el dinero. El dinero viene y va. El tiempo no vuelve jam√°s‚Ķ Es evidente los paralelismos que esta pel√≠cula guarda con la econom√≠a y las finanzas.¬†En¬†un¬†futuro en el que¬†las personas dejan¬†de envejecer a¬†los¬†25 a√Īos, aunque¬†est√©n ‚Äúprogramadas‚ÄĚ para¬†vivir poco m√°s, los que¬†tienen¬†los medios¬†para comprar¬†su tiempo, puedes escapar de esta situaci√≥n.¬†¬†Aqu√≠, Will¬†Salas¬†(interpretado por Justin Timberlake)¬†es acusado¬†de¬†asesinato y¬†se da a la fuga¬†con¬†una reh√©n. Entretenido e interesante film de acci√≥n con trasfondo crudamente real.

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Trading Places¬†(1983) Traducida al espa√Īol “Entre pillos anda el juego” (¬°Dios m√≠o!). Divertida pel√≠cula de enredos protagonizada por¬†Dan Aykroyd¬†y¬†Eddie Murphy. ¬ŅEs la riqueza fruto de la gen√©tica o del origen social? De esta¬†discusi√≥n sale una apuesta, y de la apuesta, esta desternillante comedia.
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