“You just had the flash-crash on Thursday. Here we are at Cannes. It’s almost like Rupert Murdoch made it happen,” said co-star Shia LaBeouf, referring to the chairman of News Corp., which owns 20th Century Fox, the studio releasing the film. “You’re down 1,000 points on Thursday, you’re up 300 points on Monday,” LaBeouf, who plays Gekko’s new protege, said in an interview. “You literally, just as I’m speaking to you, just went through the most tumultuous 30 minutes to ever hit the market in the history of Wall Street, and here we are promoting a movie. It’s wild that our movie’s taking place in this landscape. This is a firefight in the middle of the craziest money storm that has ever happened.”
Investment banking continues to be a laborious, tedious practice. Banks are implementing ways to boost retention by instituting policies designed to reduce number of hours / frustration associated with the job – 100hr work weeks are still common.
Fundamentally though, not much has changed over the last 15 years. Take financial modeling for example, which remains one of the most time consuming aspects of investment banking. Even today, models can take hours or days to put together. Building a good model requires years of training and a mastery of advanced accounting and finance concepts. Given almost every company reports and behaves differently from an operational standpoint it becomes difficult to use a universal template to build models for varying situations. Read More >>