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04 November 2013

Poll: What Is Your Favourite Documentary Film about the 2008 Financial Crisis?

In a poll conducted last week in the CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief, we asked readers for their favorite documentary film about the 2008 financial crisis.


Poll: What is your favorite documentary film regarding the 2008 financial crisis?
Poll: What is your favorite documentary film regarding the 2008 financial crisis?


Inside Job emerged as the clear favorite, selected by nearly half of the 346 respondents. Interestingly, “other” (16%) was the second choice — indicating that many people preferred another in the slew of crisis-themed documentaries not included in this poll. Niall Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money (12%) was a distant third, and Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story (7%) finished fourth.

The distribution of results is dissimilar to results of our earlier poll on readers’ favorite finance movie of all time. In that poll, we did not have a dominant favorite, and two movies — Trading Places and Wall Street had a neck-and-neck competition, with the former managing to edge out the latter.


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About the Author(s)
Usman Hayat, CFA

Usman Hayat writes about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing and Islamic finance. He is the lead author of "Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues in Investing: A Guide for Investment Professionals," and the literature review, "Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice." He is interested in online learning and has directed three e-courses for CFA Institute: "ESG-100," "Islamic Finance Quiz," and "Residual Income Equity Valuation." The other topics he writes about are macroeconomics and behavioral finance. Previously, he was a content director at CFA Institute. He is a former executive director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). He has experience working in securities regulation and as an independent consultant. His qualifications include the CFA charter, the FRM designation, an MBA, and an MA in Development Economics. His personal interests are reading and hiking.

4 thoughts on “Poll: What Is Your Favourite Documentary Film about the 2008 Financial Crisis?”

  1. Luis says:

    So many “others” is probably the result of not having included Margin Call (2011) in the list.

  2. Luis

    Thanks for reading this blog post. I included Margin Call in our poll on favourite finance movies and it came out 4th with about 8% of the votes. In this poll, we focused on finance documentaries about the 2008 financial crisis.

  3. Jonny says:

    People just love the moment of Glen”Inside Job” Hubbard

  4. Jonny

    Thanks for reading this blog post. Yes, it does seem that Inside Job is the clear favourite..

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