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Director: John Landis Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod Premiere: 1983 Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Louis! I’m sure many of you have watched the Christmas comedy, Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, at least once. With its New Year’s Eve atmosphere in Philadelphia, some first-class humour and its investment schemes, we at Orca think it’s a masterpiece. For those who have forgotten the plot of the Oscar nominated BAFTA winner (please, don’t say you haven’t seen…

Global financial crisis! Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Many people (hi, boomers!) remember just how devastating the 2008 crisis was. It swept like a hurricane across the planet. But if you look back at the situation more closely, it becomes clear that it was all a “comedy of errors”. Although, as you can imagine, few were laughing at the time. Gen-Z were children in those days, and most likely didn’t even notice the crisis at all.…

The Predators’ Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders Connie Bruck Non-fiction 1988, Penguin “In the third week of March 1985, the faithful, fifteen hundred strong, came to Beverly Hills to pay homage to Michael Milken, the legendary junk-bond guru of Drexel Burnham Lambert whom many of his followers called simply “the King”. For the next four days, they would savor the world he had created for…

How often do you watch films about finance? We’re guessing you’ll say never. But what if we told you that the topic of finance slips into lots of films—we just don’t pay any attention to it. It’s much more interesting to follow the love story, laugh at the comedy, get caught up in the action, or empathise with the main character, and not think about money. Over the next few articles, we’re going to look…

Do you know your investing level? For months our Tech team was busy engineering the smartest A.I. in the world, that would be able to estimate your experience in the world of investments up to months in 8 simple questions. Ok, just kidding, it’s a very random quiz. But it’s pretty accurate. Give it a go!

Porsche…Porsche… PORSCHE… A machine that is impossible not to admire—and the company that produces it is now a huge corporation. In 2020, despite the pandemic, Porsche AG sold 272,162 cars, and its value grew to €28.7 billion (≈£22.9 bn). But it was not always so. Back in the last century, despite having iconic status, Porsche AG was still a small, family-owned sports car corporation. Yet somehow, in 2005, the company decided to take over the mighty Volkswagen…

It’s addictive When you first look at Edouard Manet’s “Olympia” , you just see a naked girl with her maid. But then you learn that this Olympia is the heir to the heroines of Titian, Goya and Ingres. You learn that this Olympia, exhibited at the Paris Salon in the XX century, caused outrage among the public, because the picture depicts a prostitute. You learn that this Olympia has a portrait accurately depicted face and…

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”Albert Camus, French author, journalist and philosopher The 21st century is in full swing, and it has finally dawned on us: “Seriously, dudes, women can also be financially independent”. Bravo! The 20th century was a battle for women Of course, it hasn’t always been that way. In 1966, the now-famous investment adviser, Geraldine Weiss, received a letter from a reader who wrote: “I can’t imagine myself ever…

“By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.” Agesilaus II, King of Sparta Live in a spacious house, buy whatever you want, be certain about your future and have no limits. Sounds like the dream life we’ve all imagined at least once. What if we told you you could make that dream a reality? How? Frugal living is the answer! Cheap vs. frugal You may well protest that “no limits” and “frugal living” can’t…

Normally, we wouldn’t ask ‘How much do stocks fall during recession?’ or ‘How bad is the stock market right now?’. But questions like that suddenly became very valid when our ministers informed us that the UK economy is going through a crisis unseen for the last three centuries because of the virus. Okay then, what do the stock market and the UK economy look like today? Let’s find that out. Forced reality When the virus…