Let’s face it, some traders can’t help but be switched on 24/7. So even when not chained to their trading desk pouring over charts, they want to indulge in their trading passion by watching something that reminds them of what they do for a living . And anything that inspires your working life can only be a good thing, right?
So below we’ve summed up five shows that – while not all directly related to trading – are bound to be sure-fire hits for any trader looking for a new boxset to enjoy in their spare time.
Note: we are not responsible for the resulting office arguments over who is the coolest out of Bobby Axelrod, Don Draper and Harvey Specter…
If you thought Season 1 of this gripping show was good, Season 2 took it to another level. Loosely based on the real-life battle between Preet Bharara and Steve Cohen, the show depicts the fierce duel between maverick hedge fund boss Bobby Axelrod and US Attorney Chuck Rhoades.
It’s a must-watch for traders, but even if you’ve only a passing interest in finance and the world of hedge funds then you really are missing out by not tuning in. Catch up here, and check out our favourites quotes from the show by clicking below. And the best news? Series 3 is due out early 2018…
The Wizard of Lies
HBO simply don’t make bad television, so when they managed to get Robert De Niro on board to portray the infamous 2008 tale of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme for a made-for-tv movie, it was always going to be a winner.
Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Hank Azaria, this riveting retelling of arguably the largest financial fraud ever perpertrated on US soil is a feature-length two hours – and can be streamed over at HBO.com. Stream it here.
Netflix & Amazon
Suits may be set in a New York law firm rather than on a trading floor, but the travails of plucky Mike Ross and the super savvy Harvey Specter evoke plenty of the brash confidence and bravado often seen depicted on TV over the road on Wall Street. The role of apprentice and mentor is another overlapping theme that traders will relate to, while (minor spoiler alert) later series’ sees Mike dabble in a bit of investment banking.
But don’t for one moment think that this is yet another show depicting a high-flying boys club – for the female characters in the show are among the strongest, most charismatic and influential on TV. From Managing Partner Jessica Pearson to the brilliant Donna Paulsen and – of course – associate Rachel Zane (played by a certain Meghan Markle), Suits is a show that portrays a world where hihg-flying talent is rewarded regardless of gender, race or education.
House of Lies
For a bit of light relief, House of Lies spans five seasons focusing on the world of Management Consultants. Starring Don Cheadle and Kirsten Bell, the series is based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, which gives you a good indication as to the angle and tone this show takes towards its subject matter.
Written by Martin Kihn, a former consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, again it’s not directly related to trading but for should raise a few eyebrows and rye smiles for anyone working in finance whose had any underwhelming experiences with management consultants. Watch all fives seasons with Sky’s boxsets collection at Sky.com.
Set amid the high-octane world of 1960s advertising, Mad Men is so faithful to the era in which its set that at times it feels like peering into a time capsule. Along with the cars, costumes and sets, if there’s a scene where the characters aren’t smoking or boozing then we’re yet to see it.
While the smooth and savvy operator that is Don Draper provides the textbook on how to operate under pressure, the show also doesn’t shy from portraying the social mores of its time, providing the backdrop for Elisabeth Moss’ character Peggy Olson to rise above the inherent sexism of the day, as the secretary-turned-copywriter shows the gumption and guts required to succeed in any era.