We have a great piece here highlighting some books you can read to further your financial knowledge, but sometimes you don't have to be so studious to still learn a thing or more. So I did some digging and came up with 9 movies to get your fiduciary gears spinning with the quickness. With enough humor and drama to make your financial education feel a little less stuffy and jam packed with enough info to have you finessing and flexing in your next conversations, in no particular order here's 9 movies to get you pumped about money:


The Big Short

With a star studded cast this film follows the lives of a few smart guys who got hip to the impending financial disaster and decided to make a fortune by betting against the what everyone else thought was a sure thing. Based on a true story.

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What happens when an New York City office full of real estate salesmen is given the news that all but the top two will be fired at the end of the week, but they all need their jobs, and some more desperately than others. "Always Be Closing" is a salesman's mantra garnered from Alec Baldwin's riveting performance.

Inside Job

2010

This critically acclaimed Matt Damon narrated documentary points out the key players and events that would the 2008 financial crisis and the onset of the Great Recession.

Capitalism a Love Story

2009

Filmmaker Michael Moore travels all around the country examining the effects of corporate greed and the ensuing global economic meltdown in this enticing and revealing documentary.

Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room

2005

This documentary pulls up the curtain and shows just how Enron rose and fell and reveals all of its underhanded dealings, corrupt practices, and illegal actions as they robbed from the poor and gave to the rich.

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013

A young Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his merry band of miscreants make millions by defrauding wealthy investors out of their fortunes, but the SEC and the FBI are looming to take them in and take it all away.

Boiler Room

2000

Giovani Ribisi, Vin Diesel, and Nia Long star in a film where you can enter the Boiler Room as an ambitious 20 something and become a millionaire overnight. This movie has it all - fast cars, mansions, luxury toys, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

Wall Street

1987

Real life father and son Martin and Charlie Sheen play father and son in this definitive 80's classic. The younger Sheen plays Bud Fox, an ambitious stockbroker desperate to make it to the top. He falls under the guidance of his idol Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglass) and soon finds himself entangled in a web of greed, deceit, and underhanded tactics that end up threatening everything around him - including the livelihood of his father.

Catch Me If You Can

2002

Follow Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) elude FBI Agent Carl Hanratty as he becomes the master of disguise becomes the most successful bank forger/ robber in U.S. history in this Steven Spielberg masterpiece.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.