Top 15 trading movies: 2013 edition

15) Cancel Crash (2012)

Released on the 25th anniversary of Black Monday, “Cancel Crash” is a documentary that follows the story of how traders, especially a group of market makers at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, dealt with the Friday before Black Monday, the infamous day itself and what followed on Terrible Tuesday when the markets were in chaos with exchanges shutting down. One exchange remained open: the Chicago Board of Trade and its Major Market Index (MMI) contract. Within the story is a fascinating retelling of how, while most traders had to sit on the sidelines that Tuesday, one market maker went over to trade the MMI deciding the thing to do when markets closed was to buy. His actions may have cancelled the crash. (You’ll be able to see it on Alpha TV in October).

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