Yesterday as I was enjoying a mid afternoon nap after the market closed and before the Australian market open I had a dream about the making of a great dramatic move called “The Fed”. I decided to cast the main charcters…let me know whom you would have chosen in the comment section.
Ben Bernanke = Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States from 2006 to 2014. Ben has amazing nicknames such as “Helicopter Ben” “Santa Clause Ben” and “Big Ben”. Brought Keynesian economics to the FED in late 2008 in a monetary policy known as Quantitative Easing. He created the blueprint for the world to start a new Currency War. Currently on the speaking tour for 250k a pop. The actor selection process was extremely difficult. Great actors such as Marlon Brando, Russell Crowe, Ralph Fiennes, Jon Voight, and Hugo Weaving. However, in the end, the role had to go to someone who could not only pull off the “BEARD” but has the experience to play the multiple personalities and that someone is…Ben Kingsley.
Janet Yellen = Is an American economist and current Chair of the FOMC. She is known as a Dove and has continued the easy monetary philosophy shared by her predecessors in Bernanke and Greenspan. Doris Roberts was in the running to play the role of the Fed chair, however Betty White was simply so strong in auditions dropping quotes such as “I would really be concerned with a regime that would introduce sanctions for currency manipulation into trade agreements when it could be the case that it would hamper or hobble monetary policy” and “We do not discuss Fed policy with executive or legislative branches”…unless there is a democratic luncheon involved and all bets are off when free food is at stake and then it is GAME ON!!!!
Alan Greenspan = Alan Greenspan is an American economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He currently works as a private adviser and provides consulting for firms through his company, Greenspan Associates LLC. Author of such amazing quotes as “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant” and “I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I’ve said.” Finally, one of my favorite “We really can’t forecast all that well, and yet we pretend that we can, but we really can’t.” Greenspan is right out of Woody Alan movie and so whom better to play the role of the Great Maestro of easy monetary policy than Mr. Woody Allen himself.
Mario Draghi = Mario is an Italian economist and current head of the European Central Bank. Draghi has been leading the QE charge for over a year for the ECB. He is as dovish as Yellen and Kuroda and while one is an Italian, the other an American and the last, Japanese…they all apply Keynesian policies. There is no one better to play the smug Draghi than Daniel Day Lewis. The master behind characters such as Nathaniel Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Plainview, and personal favorite and top ten character of all time Bill “the Butcher” Cutting. Playing Mario Draghi is a step down from Bill the Butcher but I think he can handle the drama Draghi brings to the Eurozone.
Shinzo Abe = Abe is the Prime Minister of Japan, re-elected to the position in December 2012. Abe is the author of Abenomics which is a three prong variation of Keynesian economics. Abenomics focuses on fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reform. Part of Abenomics is printing money to purchase japanses market related ETF’s. Abe stated “We made the issue at stake in these elections very clear: whether Japan should go ahead with structural reforms, or stop them. As a result, we’ve gained the support of a wide section of the population.” In the Last Samurai, Ken Watanabe fought against this very mindset so whom better to play Abe but Ken Watanabe whom already knows his enemy?
William Dudley = Crispin Glover. Playing the role of the FED voice box of all things illiterate and creepy I bring you Crispin Glover. I believe Crispin Glover brings the right amount of creepy to a creepy character. I narrowed it down to about 3-4 actors that could have gotten the nod for the role of Dudley. Peter Stormare almost took the nod as he had some great looks playing the devil on Constantine and Dudley has a little devil in him. In the end, Crispin simply had the right amount of WTF I was looking for.
Haruhiko Kuroda = Kuroda is the current Governor of the Bank of Japan. He is an advocate of very easy monetary policy and along with Prime Minister Abe created the Japanese version of Abenomics which is a three prong variation of Keynesian economics. Kuroda stated “as I have always said, it is desirable for dollar-yen to trade in a stable manner”. There has been no more stable Asian actor than Jackie Chan.
Richard Fisher = Richard W. Fisher is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, having assumed that post in April 2005. I racked my brain for at least an hour over who would play the role of Fisher. Fisher is the one member of the FED that knows better, is against QE to a certain extent and has not stood up enough to end it. I feel like Martin Sheen would be the perfect actor to play Fisher with his political acting chops from The West Wing.
James Bullard = Is the chief executive officer and 12th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, positions he has held since 2008. He is currently serving a term that began on March 1, 2011. No one at the FED has done a better job of the constant “we should raise rates” and “we should be patient raising the rates” mind games than Bullard. I believe Jim Carrey would be perfect to play to role of James Bullard. There is a little resemblance as well as you need a comedic genius to say some of the things that James Bullard says and not fall down laughing.
Andrew Huszar = Is a former managing director at Morgan Stanley and one of the traders the FED brought in during the sub-prime market crises. I feel like Edward Norton can definitely play the role of the trader that went against the FED. He has the acting chops, look and can be very versatile in playing the role of Huszar. Including Huszar in the movie allows us to bring into some dramatic elements and perhaps even bring in some cameos from actors such as Kevin Costner, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Walken, Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson in multiple roles to stop Huszar from spilling all the beans.
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