13 Netflix shows you can watch to learn more about the world of finance

For those who are tired of Hollywood blockbusters or girl movies, but can’t stand to stop watching TV, it’s time for you to consider watching something more useful.

In today’s article, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best shows you can watch to better understand the world of finance, while not missing out on the entertainment value you so desperately crave. If you enjoyed watching shows like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” our recommended list won’t disappoint.

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#1 billion

Besides the impressive cast of this TV series, be thrilled by the day-to-day work of hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod as he conquers the industry earning his billions.

The TV series follows the extravagant life of Bobby Axelrod as the U.S. Attorney finds ways to catch him for insider trading. We won’t go any further to avoid revealing spoilers. Netflix recently released its sixth season earlier in January 2022, making it a total of 60 episodes to watch over the weekends.

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#2 Dirty Money

Corporate embezzlement and corruption aplenty, this Netflix documentary TV series has kicked off a second season. It exposes well-known brands like Volkswagen to a fraud of staggering proportions (Hard NOx from Season 1), and even a trail of suspicious transactions has led to the shocking revelation of banking giant HSBC and its ties to drug cartels. Mexicans (Season 1 Cartel Bank episode).

Season 2 continues to shed light on money laundering and fraudulent practices in different settings including banking, politics, and the environment. Unlike a TV series with a storyline to follow, this documentary series wraps up each case in one episode – which also means you can skip the “less interesting” episodes without missing a thing.

#3 Laundromat

Bribery, corruption and money laundering, a woman is widowed when her husband dies in a tour boat accident. Her attempts to secure the insurance settlement led her to an unexpected revelation of corrupt insurance companies, front companies and offshore accounts.

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#4 Start-up (Korean)

The TV series is set in Sandbox, a utopian start-up incubator in Seoul, revolves around Seo Dal-mi, played by K-pop idol Bae Suzy, an ambitious millennial who dreams of becoming a start-up CEO. -up to success. If you like to follow Silicon Valley success stories, the 17-episode Korean drama series will give you a glimpse into the life of tech start-ups – the late-night bustle and charismatic pitches to investors.

#5 Start-up (American)

Prior to the release of the Korean TV series Start-Up, an American series of the same name aired in 2018 with a completely different narrative. Highly relevant to the investment landscape in recent years, the series focuses on the emergence of digital currency. This is perhaps a topic close to the hearts of many millennial investors.

#6 Money, explained

A fun, fast-paced documentary series about money and the minefields we can potentially find ourselves in. Narrated by celebrity narrators (Tiffany Haddish, Bobby Cannavale, Edie Falco, Jane Lynch and Marcia Gay Harden), each episode covers a single financial topic with clever storytelling, animations and expert interviews. Even if you’re a personal finance expert, there’s something to learn in each short 20-minute episode. Have you ever wondered why people fall for scams, why rack up credit card debt, why there’s a student loan crisis, why people gamble? It’s time to find out.

#7 All the money in the world

A true story based on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. In 1973, kidnappers demanded 17 million dollars from billionaire J. Paul Getty, in exchange for the release of his grandson. Getty refuses to pay a single penny despite desperate pleas from her former stepdaughter, Gail. Instead, he asked his adviser and a former CIA agent, Fletcher Chase, to plan a rescue mission to save his grandson without complying with the ransom demand.

A little fun fact here that we found out later after watching the movie. Besides the Getty Oil Company, the Getty family also owns the famous Getty Images, founded by their other grandson, Mark Getty.


Starring Ashton Kutcher as the college dropout, Steve Jobs, along with his friend Steve Wozniak, sparks a revolution in personal computers. The film follows Steve Jobs’ rocky entrepreneurial journey, which brought investors to Steve’s house to see the first prototype of the iPod invention.

#9 The Big Short

If you want to learn more about the exciting life of a hedge fund trader and manager, this award-winning film will blow your mind.

The film focuses on the collapse of the global financial crisis in 2008, with Christian Bale acting as a hedge fund manager. His character found amazing data on the structure of a large number of mortgage bonds and he decided to bet against it.

#10 Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates: Limited Series

This three-part Netflix documentary uncovers the basics of Bill Gates’ life, from his childhood running Microsoft to his married life with his wife, Melinda, and the charitable foundation they co-manage.

The Netflix documentary gives us a closer look at who Bill Gates is as a person, what he’s accomplished, and what makes him one of the richest men in the world.

#11 Money Theft

Money Heist was undoubtedly one of the most hyped series when it was released on Netflix. This is an unusual but intriguing Spanish TV series about eight thieves who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in history, stealing 2.4 billion euros from the Royal Mint of Spain – backed by a criminal mastermind called “The Professor”. Discover how the characters use mind games and negotiation strategies to manipulate each other.

#12 Invent Anna

Inspired by the real-life story of Anna Sorokin, an imaginary wealthy heiress who was convicted of theft, the series tells how the female antagonist manages to convince New York’s high society to believe in her prestigious status and fund hundreds and thousands of dollars in his exclusive art club.

#13 Tinder Scammer

A British true-crime documentary series that tells the story of Israeli con man (Simon Leviev) who used the popular online dating app Tinder to manipulate women into believing in their romantic relationships and financially support his lavish lifestyle under the guise of escaping from his corporate enemies. It may be hard to believe that Simon Leviev scammed an estimated over $10 million from women around the world and continues to live unmolested.

Bonus: Although our previous selections are no longer available on Netflix Singapore, we still recommend them for your viewing pleasure.

#14 The Pursuit of Happiness (not available on Netflix Singapore)

Inspired by a true story, a clever salesman (Chris) got scammed into spending his family’s savings on bone density scanners, a device twice as expensive as an x-ray machine but with a slightly more Claire. His wife eventually left him and his son. With no money or wife, but attached to his son, Chris sees a chance to fight for an internship as a stockbroker with Dean Witter, offering himself a promising career after completing a six-month unpaid internship.

He’s been through quite a journey of ups and downs, but he clung to his belief of never giving up, no matter how hard life is. Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.

#15 Betting on zero (Not available on Netflix Singapore)

The 90-minute documentary covers a balanced side of Mr. Ackman’s hedge fund, Pershing Capital Management, which took a short position against Herbalife, betting $1 billion against its stock. Although Herbalife was not involved in the documentary, it includes some interesting footage of former CEO Michael O. Johnson sharing his thoughts on the entire saga.

#16 Indoor work (Not available on Netflix Singapore)

If you love watching “The Big Short” movie, you’ll definitely enjoy watching this award-winning documentary that takes us through the growth and downturn of the 2008 financial housing and banking crisis.

The documentary gives you a good perspective on what exactly happened during the financial crisis and its aftermath.

#17 Steve Jobs: A Billion Dollar Hippie (Not available on Netflix Singapore)

This documentary will give you shocking insights into several former partners and close friends of Steve Job. It also covers the beginning of the Apple computer, how the idea came about, until the devastating moment when Steve Jobs was fired from his company in 1985.

The documentary also showcases the growth and key lessons of every setback that “hippie” Steve Jobs has encountered on his entrepreneurial journey.

#18 The China Scame (not available on Netflix Singapore)

Tailored to mainstream viewers with little knowledge of how investments and the stock market work, the 2-hour documentary investigates the collusion that occurred between 2008 and 2016 with some US Wall Street investment firms and small companies based in China.

As investment firms in the United States looked for ways to improve the investment performance of their clients, they came up with the idea of ​​selling opportunities to unsuspecting American investors who wanted to get rich by selling them China’s growth story. Small companies in China have been merged with shell companies in the United States. If you are into the real case of financial fraud, this movie might be for you.

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This article was originally published on June 21, 2017 and updated with new recommendations.

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