A new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, came to the silver screen on Friday. The film takes bold artistic license, dispensing with period music in favor of modern artists (Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lana Del Ray, will.i.am, and Gotye, among others) for the soundtrack. So we decided to take our own license and imagine an additional modernized scene narrated by Nick Carraway, Gatsby’s neighbor who incidentally works in fixed income. I decided to go East and learn the bond business. Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supposed it could support one more single man. I bought a dozen volumes on banking and credit and investment securities, and they stood on my shelf in red and gold like new money from the mint, promising to unfold the shining secrets that only Midas and Morgan…

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Thelma and Louise, James Bond, Frodo Baggins and the Inception Cast Following the election, financial and non-financial presses alike gravitated rapidly to the topic of the fiscal cliff. At present, lead articles on the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, Fox News, and CNN splash pages all give top billing to the fiscal crisis and its implications for Main Street. American citizens are no different – Google Trends analysis reveals that searches on the term “fiscal cliff” on November 7th were 12 times more frequent than at any other point in the previous ninety days. Clearly, it’s on our minds. There are many scenarios that could play themselves out over the next fifty days, as Congress and the President work to find compromise in order to avert the tax hikes and spending cuts that could further damage the frail economy.…

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