If you've had it with the sweltering temperatures experienced this summer across most of the U.S. and Europe, here's an alternative: plop yourself down on the sofa and binge on "the definitive list of the best investing movies" as chosen by RCM Alternatives.
In a July 22 blog post, the Chicago-based managed futures/macro consulting firm noted "movies have the innate ability of breaking down barriers and making almost any subject digestible and have been especially good at taking an entertaining look at the investment world."
Among the 19 must-see movies on RCM's list are "Wall Street," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Big Short" and "Rogue Trader."
One of the light-hearted movies on the list is "Trading Places," which RCM stressed is "one of the funniest movies of all time starring commodities trading."
The list also includes independent films such as "Pi," which the blog post recommends "if you like really dark and disturbing movies" and the documentary "Inside Job," which RCM deemed "required viewing in our minds" as it provides a stratospheric view of the great financial crisis through interviews with industry heavy-hitters.
RCM included "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in its lineup because in the 1990s and early 2000s "when you told someone you worked in the futures trading pits in Chicago and they looked at you like you were an alien, the only way to explain what you did for a living was to say 'you know that scene in Ferris Bueller's Day off where they are doing all those crazy hand signals through the glass at the guys in the colorful coats? I'm one of those guys.'"