9 Hilarious (And Scary) Movie Quotes About Money and Investing

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A look at money and greed in the movies, amusing to those of us who keep a safe distance from the world of selling financial products.

1) “There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat.” John Tuld, Margin Call

2) If you achieve a 93% sale of your assets, you will receive a 1.4 million dollar one-off bonus. If the floor as a whole achieves a 93% sale, you will get an additional 1.3 million dollars apiece. For those of you who’ve never been through this before, this is what the beginning of a fire sale looks like. I cannot begin to tell you how important the first hour and half is gonna be. I want you to hit every bite you can find: dealers, brokers, clients, your mother if she’s buying.” Sam Rogers, Margin Call

3) “The name of the game, moving the money from the client’s pocket to your pocket.” Mark Hanna, The Wolf Of Wall Street

4) “OK, first rule of Wall Street – Nobody – and I don’t care if you’re Warren Buffet or Jimmy Buffet – nobody knows if a stock is going up, down or sideways, least of all stockbrokers. But we have to pretend we know.” Mark Hanna, The Wolf Of Wall Street

5) “You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own.” Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

6) “Someone reminded me I once said ‘Greed is good’. Now it seems it’s legal.” Gordon Gekko, Wall Street 2

7) “One minute you’re up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don’t go to college and they’ve repossessed your Bentley.” Louis Winthorpe III, Trading Places

8) “There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close? You or him?” Jim Young, Boiler Room

9) “[It’s} a system… That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” Morpheus, The Matri