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Margin Call

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Transcript of Margin Call

Margin Call
Trailer
Ethical Dilemmas
- Jared Cohen - how to solve the probem and how to act as head of division of is department
- John Tuld - Sell or Keep assets in the company
- Sam Rogers - Follow orders or do what he believes is right
- Eric Dale - accept money for silence or not
Real Life Quotes
"The US financial system is finding the tectonic plates underneath its foundation are shifting like they have never shifted before" - Peter Kenny
Conclusion
Ethical Egoism
Utilitarianism
Social Contract
Natural Law
Depiction of the Real World
Real World Scenarios
John Tuld is the combination of Merrill Lynch's John Thain and Lehman Brother's Dick Fuld
Characters
Quotes
"Be Smart, Be First or Cheat. Well, I don't cheat. And although I like to think we have some pretty smart people here in this room, it sure is a hell of lot easier to just be first." - John Tuld
Summary
Margin Call is a perturbing thriller set in the high-stakes world of Wall Street on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. Following the key employees at an unnamed investment company during a 24-hour period, as an entry-level risk analyst unravels information about the impending bankruptcy of the firm. The rapid fire-like disastrous news travel up the executive ladder, forcing the directors to make financially and morally questionable decisions, that globally affect people's lives.
CEO /
Chairman of the Board
John Tuld
Sam Rogers
Sarah Robertson
Melissa Camilo, Linda Esztergalyos, Wiebke Bullwinkel
Eric Dale
Will Emerson
Peter Sullivan
Jared Cohen
Seth Bregman
Reflects:
Lehman Brothers' Crumble
Merrill Lynch Rescued
Fines to other banks
"Look at all these people. Wandering around with absolutely no idea what's about to happen" - Peter Sullivan
Takes all major decisions
Only cares about himself
Has a certain level of morality
Knew what was happening
Bystander
Regrets her actions
Escape goat
Chief Risk Management Officer
Head of Capital Markets
Is willing to do anything for his personal gain
Always sides with John Tuld
Head of Sales and Trading
Doesn't give much value employees
Suggests to do the right thing
Tries to quit but is stopped by John Tuld
Head of Trading
Misuses companies resources
Neutral Position
Former Head of Risk Management
Unfairly Treated
Triggers the whole situation
Doesn't care
Is fine as long as he can put food on the table for his family
Senior Risk Analyst
Completes the Analysis
Goes to a club with Seth Bregman instead of looking for Eric Dale
Gets rewarded for his findings and doing what he is told
Junior Risk Analyst
Gets to witness everything that happens but takes no action
Gets fired at the end
Is in the wrong place at the wrong time
Might suffer the consequences for others people's actions for the rest of his life
"The financial crisis is a stark reminder that transparency and disclosure are essential in today's marketplace' - Jack Reed
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