Economics & Finance documentaries

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, a documentary exploring how a web of secret jurisdictions captured wealth from around the world VIA the City of London and hid it in a web of offshore Islands.   Today, around half of all offshore wealth, estimated to be at least 50 trill[...]

When Bankers Were Good

When Bankers Were Good is a one hour long documentary by popular British satirist and writer Ian Hislop about Victorian financiers. Bankers during that era achieved unprecedented levels of success but many were not entirely comfortable with their wealth at a time of great wealth disparity and a[...]

Inside a Trader’s Brain

Inside a Trader’s Brain is a 2015 documentary which tells us how neuroscientists have begun to scrutinize the brains of Wall Street traders to try and understand what makes a successful trader, what makes an unsuccessful one, and to try and better understand what makes some traders g[...]

Welcome Back, Big Tobacco

In recent years the biggest tobacco companies in the world have been taking a big beating, with millions of smokers switching to a cheaper and healthier alternative. The emergence of the electronic cigarette has been great news for the health of the nicotine addict, and the health of their wallet to[...]

Billionaire's Paradise: Inside Necker Island

For the first time ever a film crew is given full behind the scenes access to one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the world, the private Necker Island which belongs to British billionaire Richard Branson. This 2015 BBC programme gives an in-depth insight into how the super rich and sup[...]

Traders: Millions By The Minute

Traders: Millions By The Minute: A two-part documentary which goes deep inside the world of those who play the markets in some of the biggest financial centres on the planet including London, New York and Chicago. Anybody expecting to be introduced to characters resembling Leonardi Di Caprio’s[...]

Million Dollar Traders

Not so much a documentary but a three-episode reality / social experiment, but essential watching for aspiring hedge fund traders nonetheless, Million Dollar Traders aired on the BBC in 2009. The concept was designed by successful hedge fund trader Lex van Dam, he sought to hire twelve aspiring trad[...]

Paradise or Oblivion

Paradise or Oblivion, a documentary created by the nonprofit organization The Venus Project describing detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system of economics and society.   The whole point of The Venus Project is to advocate and promote a new vision of the future in or[...]

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve: A 2013 documentary about the US Federal Reserve created by American film editor Jim Bruce and narrated by actor Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).   This bank was set up 100 years ago and today it is one of the most powerful instituti[...]

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream: documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (known for a whole host of documentaries including "Zero Day" (2016) and "Taxi to the Dark Side" (2007)) investigating the massive wealth inequality across the world.   Apparently for s[...]

Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis

Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis (original title: Överdos En Film Om Nästa Finanskris) is a 2010 Swedish documentary film about the potentiality of a new financial crisis stemming from 2008.   Martin Borgs, the director argues the point that leaders we are voting in to make s[...]

We're Not Broke

We're Not Broke: An exposé on how the government has allowed U.S. corporations to avoid paying taxes and the growing wave of discontent that it has fostered.   This documentary is directed by Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes and was released in 2012.

97% Owned

97% Owned, a 2012 economics and finance documentary directed by Michael Oswald exploring the central banking system an money creation process from a perspective of the United Kingdom.   The documentary aims to explain some fundamentals about money. For while it is the driving force behind[...]

I.O.U.S.A

I.O.U.S.A. a 2008 political and economics documentary examining the history of US Federal debt level relative to gross domestic product (GDP), a figure that has reached frightening highs in the last decade.   Of course, the US has been in debt for almost all its history. In[...]

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