Monday, February 27, 2012
And the nominees for Team Macro Man's Best Picture are
• The Artist
As the era of silent debate draws to a close, two actors find their careers and their relationship influenced by the coming of open debate. While popular screen star North Korea resists the transition to openness, Myanmar embodies a modern age that is leaving North Korea behind. China meanwhile appears to embrace the new format, but secretly does what it can behind the scenes to prevent its success.
• The Descendants
The complexities of life, death and family relations challenge a man faced with losing his partner. When Mervyn King is left comatose following an accident, his partner Charles Bean finds himself thrust into the unfamiliar role of caretaker to their two economic policies, while at the same time facing a difficult financial decision that may put him at odds with other family members.
• Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
A young EU member who may have Asperger’s syndrome must deal with the loss of its economy when they lose their old Prime Minister on November the 11th. When young Papademos discovers a key amongst his predecessor's possessions, he becomes convinced that finding the bank account it opens will help him understand the tragedy of his economy's death.
• The Help
In the politically charged climate of Wall Street in 2011, a young journalist convinces a group of Junior Associates to relate their experiences working in investment banks. The stories they share reflect the devastating social inequality governing every aspect of life in Investment banks, and place the workers at risk of reprisals from their employers.
Hugo Chavez is a global orphan who lives hidden away in the vast South American continent thinking it is the 1930s. When he is not eluding the world's watchful inspectors, he is secretly keeping his many secret police running, or tinkering with global oil production using tricks he learnt from his political father Castro. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his father is an economy that doesn't work; Hugo observes the lives of the people who work in his country, very closely, and ends up stealing parts from an irascible nuclear toy shop owner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
• Midnight in Paris
On a trip to Paris with his fiancée, a young politician is filled with nostalgia for the Paris of the 1920s, when the French Communist party was formed, the water in the taps was undrinkable, vast number of immigrants from Eastern and Southern europe arrived and the decade finally ended in economic crisis. For Francois Hollande, the romance of that bygone era exerts a pull that places him increasingly at odds with the impatient unimaginative current president.
Following a devastating loss to a rogue trader in the 2011 payoffs, UBS general manager Kasper Villiger and his assistant, Sergio Ermotti, devise a statistics-based formula for choosing potential trades. Uncertain of his chances of success and following a plan that flouts conventional banking wisdom, Villiger sets out to rebuild his team with classics majors he finds playing professional poker
• The Tree of Life
A middle-aged man’s contemplation of the pattern and meaning of his life is interwoven with moments from his past in a bank. As Polemic and his two younger bloggers grow up, they are shaped by both the nurturing love of making shed loads of money and the capricious unyielding nature of market moves in G10 FX.
• War Bond
The horrors of default are seen through the eyes of a Greek bond whose young owner must relinquish him to the EU at the start of the Greek default. Separated from the fund manager who has raised and looked after him, Gee-gee Bee enters the default as a single A credit, but is soon plunged into the nightmarish heart of the conflict.
...and the winner is...
War Bond !
and welcome on stage to collect the award - the owners of Greek CDS
"We would just like to thank all of those that have made this default possible. First, the producers - my good friends the Papa brothers; the director - European policy; the banks that managed to tie us all in; the investors who thought it was risk-free; the ratings agencies; Angela Merkel, of course, who made a short story long; ISDA, whose procrastination and diligent behind the scenes work with the ECB failed to halt the project; and, of course, special thank you goes to the Greek people themselves, without whose profligate spending and lack of personal responsibility this story would not have been possible. Thank you"