If I had to pick a single movie that had the biggest influence on my life, it would have to be 1987’s Wall Street.

I was 16 when that film was released, and it made a big impression on me. I must have watched it a dozen times, and even now can effortlessly recall huge chunks of dialogue (with all the appropriate nuance). And yes, while Oliver Stone’s closing message made his desired point, it couldn’t in any way compete with the force of nature that was Gordon Gecko. Like a gazillion other impressionable teenage kids, I was drawn into his web. By the time I was 21 I was working as a technical analyst for a small firm writing reports on global currency movements. A few years after that I became a government bonds trader. And from there, I took the inevitable, almost cliched bridge towards professional blogging, specialising in social media, via a brief interlude as a club doorman.

But I digress.

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