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What you can learn from the movie “Wall Street”

10 March 2008 Michael Szumielewski 7 Comments Entertainment

Wall Street If you are truly in investing, you surely have to know the movie Wall Street with Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. This is one of my favorite movies about investing. For those of you, who have not seen it yet, here comes a quick review.

Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a Wall Street stockbroker in the early 1980′s with a strong desire to get to the top. Working for his firm during the day, he spends his spare time to get a job from the high-powered, extremely successful (but ruthless and greedy) broker Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). Fox finally meets with Gekko, who takes him under his wing and explains his philosophy that “Greed is Good”. Taking the advice and working closely with Gekko, Fox soon finds himself swept into a world of “yuppies”, shady business deals, the “good life”, fast money, and fast women. Something which is at odds with his family including his estranged father (Martin Sheen) and the blue-collared way Fox was brought up.

So, what can you actually learn from this movie? There are lots of interesting quotes in it. Just take a look and make your own opinion.

Quotes from Gorden Gekko

I loved it at 40, it’s an insult at 50. They’re analysts, they don’t know preferred stock from livestock, alright? When it hits south, we raise the sperm count on the deal.

Hope you’re Intelligent.

This is the kid. Calls me 59 days in a row, wants to be a player. Oughta be a picture of you in the dictionary under ‘Persistence’, kid.

Now, listen, Jerry, I’m looking for negative control. Okay? No more than 30, 35 percent. Just enough to block anybody else’s merger plans and find out from the inside if the books are cooked. If it looks as good as on paper, we’re in the kill zone, pal. Lock and load.

Lunch? Aw, You gotta be kidding. Lunch is for wimps.

What the hell is Cromwell doin’ givin’ a lecture tour when he’s losing 60 million a quarter? Guess he’s giving lectures on how to lose money. Jesus Christ…if this guy owned a funeral parlor, no one would die! This turkey is totally brain-dead! OK, alright, Christmas is over, and business is business. Keep on buying, dilute the son of a bitch! Ollie, I want every orifice in his fucking body flowing red.

Blow ‘em away, Ollie. Rip their fucking throats out. Stuff ‘em in your garbage compactor.

Bud Fox, I look at a hundred deals a day. I choose one.

I don’t like losses, sport. Nothing ruins my day more than losses. Now you do good, you get perks, lots and lots of perks.

The most valuable commodity I know of, is information

The public’s out there throwin’ darts at a board, sport. I don’t throw darts at a board – I bet on sure things.

Every battle is won before it’s ever fought. Think about it.

You ever wonder why fund managers can’t beat the S&P 500? Because they’re sheep, and sheep get slaughtered.

And if you need a friend, get a dog. It’s trench warfare out there pal.

You see that building? I bought that building ten years ago. My first real estate deal. Sold it 2 years later, made an 800,000 dollar profit. It was better than sex. At the time, I thought that was all the money in the world; now it’s a day’s pay.

You work hard? I’ll bet you stayed up all night analyzing that dogshit stock you gave me, huh? where’d it get you? My father, he worked like an elephant pushing electrical supplies and he dropped dead at 49 with a heart attack and tax bills.

Money never sleeps, pal. Just made 800,000 Hong Kong Gold, it’s been wired to ya. Play with it. You done good, but you gotta keep doing good. I Showed you how the game works, now school’s out.

The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind, and greed – you mark my words – will not only save Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you.

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Quotes about money and investing

12 February 2008 Michael Szumielewski 2 Comments Money

In this post you will find various quotations related to money and investing. From time to time we will add new quotes, in the mean time, enjoy yourself with this ones.

“A market is the combined behavior of thousands of people responding to information, misinformation and whim.”
Kenneth Chang

“Emotions are your worst enemy in the stock market.”
Don Hays

“Everyone has the brainpower to follow the stock market. If you made it through fifth-grade math, you can do it.”
Peter Lynch

“90% of the people in the stock market, professionals and amateurs alike, simply haven’t done enough homework.”
William J. O’Neil

“Money talks…but all mine ever says is good-bye.”

“You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.”
Benjamin Graham

“Individuals who cannot master their emotions are ill-suited to profit from the investment process.”
Benjamin Graham

“Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational and excessive price fluctuations in both directions as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most people to speculate or gamble…to give way to hope, fear and greed.”
Benjamin Graham

“I made my money by selling too soon.”
Bernard Baruch

“Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done except by liars.”
Bernard Baruch

“Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?”
John Barrymore

“The entire essence of America is the hope to first make money — then make money with money — then make lots of money with lots of money.”
Paul Erdman

“Money, the root of all evil…but the cure for all sadness.”
Mike Gill

“So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?”
Ayn Rand