Wing Chau: The Big Short’s Symbol of Wall Street Greed

Wing Chau: The Big Short’s Symbol of Wall Street Greed

Who is Wing Chau of The Big Short fame? What was his role in the 2008 financial crisis, and why was it controversial? And how did he make an estimated $26 million shuffling papers? Wing Chau is an investment advisor and bond manager whose role as a CDO manager was depicted in The Big Short. Wing Chau wasn’t happy with the way he came across in the book and movie. Learn why his position as a “CDO manager” was, and is, controversial and how he contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.

Greg Lippmann (Big Short): The $1 Billion Bet

Greg Lippmann (Big Short): The $1 Billion Bet

Who is Greg Lippmann of The Big Short fame? How was he involved in shorting the housing market leading up to the 2007-2008 financial crisis? Greg Lippmann is a hedge fund manager and the former head of asset-backed securities trading at Deutsche Bank. He’s known for his involvement in shorting the housing market in the early 2000s. In the film The Big Short, Ryan Gosling’s character is based on Greg Lippmann. We’ll cover how Greg Lippmann orchestrated much of the activity surrounding shorting the housing market leading up to the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

Howie Hubler: The Blunder That Cost Morgan Stanley $9 Billion

Howie Hubler: The Blunder That Cost Morgan Stanley $9 Billion

Who is Howie Hubler, of The Big Short fame? Was he a villain of the 2008 financial crisis or just another big shot banker unfortunate enough to get caught? Howie Hubler is the former Morgan Stanely bond trader infamous for his role in the second-largest trading loss in history. We’ll cover how Howie Hubler tried to game the financial system and lost…badly.

Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai: Bit Players to Millionaires (Cornwall Capital)

Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai: Bit Players to Millionaires (Cornwall Capital)

Who are Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai? And how did they turn $110,000 into $80 million? Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai are the founders of Cornwall Capital, a New York City investment corporation. They shorted the housing market before the 2008 financial crisis and were featured in the book and movie The Big Short. We’ll cover how Charlie Ledley and Jamie Mai got their start in investing and how they went from second-class citizens in the financial world to major Wall Street players.

Buck’s Peak: Why Tara Westover Had to Escape the Mountain

Buck’s Peak: Why Tara Westover Had to Escape the Mountain

Where is Buck’s Peak? What was Educated author Tara Westover’s life there like? Buck’s Peak is a remote mountain in Franklin County, Idaho and childhood home of author Tara Westover. Growing up in Buck’s Peak, Westover experienced more than just ideological extremism. Her parents’ beliefs had real-world consequences for the children, which frequently put Tara and her siblings in grave danger. Whether it was through near-death experiences in car crashes or maimings in the junkyard where her father Gene forced his children to work, it was a constant struggle for survival on Buck’s Peak.

Dr. Michael Burry: From Early Struggles to The Big Short

Dr. Michael Burry: From Early Struggles to The Big Short

Who is The Big Short‘s Dr. Michale Burry? How did he predict the 2008 financial crisis, and what did he get out of it? Dr. Michael Burry of The Big Short fame is a medical doctor by training and an investor and hedge fund manager who predicted and profited from the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. We’ll cover Dr. Michael Burry’s background, the background of the financial crisis, and how Dr. Burry shorted the housing market.

Ben Hockett: How a Berkeley Recluse Shorted the Housing Market

Ben Hockett: How a Berkeley Recluse Shorted the Housing Market

Who is Ben Hockett? How was he involved in the “big short” that profited from the 2008 financial crisis? Ben Hockett is a former Deutsche Bank trader who left Wall Street behind to trade derivatives from his home in Berkeley Hills. In 2006 he worked with investment company Cornwall Capital to short the housing market and profit from the 2007-2008 subprime mortgage crisis. In the movie The Big Short, Brad Pitt’s character Ben Rickert is based on Ben Hockett. We’ll cover Ben Hockett’s background, his major role in getting Cornwall Capital the recognition it needed to be a player on

Steve Eisman’s “Big Short” (and the Morality of Investing)

Steve Eisman’s “Big Short” (and the Morality of Investing)

Who is Steve Eisman, of The Big Short fame? What is his background in finance, and how did he profit from the 2008 financial crisis? Steve Eisman is an investor best known for having shorted the housing market and profiting from the 2007-2008 financial crisis. In the film The Big Short, Steve Carell’s character Mark Baum was based on Steve Eisman. We’ll cover Steve Eisman’s background, his brash personality, and how he shorted the housing market.

Leif Babin, Navy SEAL

Leif Babin, Navy SEAL

Leif Babin is a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer who served in one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. With Jocko Willink, he honed the principles of Extreme Ownership on the battlefield, then applied the same tenets to the corporate world as business consultants. Willink and Babin illustrate how effective leaders exercise Extreme Ownership — by admitting failures, believing in their missions, checking their egos, delegating, and being accountable — through compelling war stories and useful business anecdotes. Learn how Leif Babin conducted himself in battle, and how this led to his leadership ideas in