We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I still remember fondly the 1963 James Garner/Lee Remick trifle, "The Wheeler-Dealers". Also well worth the time, the 1978 adaptation of Paul Erdman's novel, "The Silver Bears", with Michael Caine (the mob sends him to Switzerland to buy a bank, the better to launder their cash). Also worth a look, "Dealers", a 1981 UK movie starring Rebecca de Mornay, pretty decent movie all told. Finally, the made-for-TV movie, Barbarians at the Gate, with James Garner again, the adaptation of the book about the RJ Reynolds/Nabisco LBO. Great fun and very well done. And let's not forget "The Rollover" a 1981 movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Jane Fonda, which is likely the worst (and dumbest) movie about financial markets EVER (with incredibly poor acting, as well).
Book, not movie - "Storming the Magic Kingdom" About how Walt's nephew narrowly saved the Walt Disney corporation from raiders intent on spinning off the theme park, production units, back catalog and intellectual properties to separate bidders in the early 1980s.
Of course now it should have a sequel involving the Katzenberg debacle and the eventual ouster of Michael Eisner, one of the heroes of the first story.
another guy named Dan
This company is dead. I didn't kill it. Don't blame me. It was dead when I got here. It's too late for prayers. For even if the prayers were answered, and a miracle occurred, and the yen did this, and the dollar did that, and the infrastructure did the other thing, we would still be dead. You know why? Fiber optics. New technologies. Obsolescence. We're dead alright. We're just not broke. And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure. ... You invested in a business and this business is dead. Let's have the intelligence, let's have the decency to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future."
My favourite finance drama is looking at 'My Portfolio' on Yahoo finance the morning after Trump does or says anything.
Some mornings it's a thrill ride up the roller coaster, sometimes a terrifying descent down, sometimes I sweat with bug eyed horror grasping the arms of my chair, sometimes I dance myself around the room.