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Wall Street Warriors: Season 2 (DVD Review)

10 Aug, 2008 By: Holly J. Wagner

Wall Street Warriors S.2

Street 8/12/08
Reality TV
$24.98 two-DVD set
Not rated.

Follow a handful of ambitious Wall Street traders through their daily routines and high-flying adventures and what do you get? “Wall Street Warriors.”

The latest career-driven dramality show has a pace as fast as the numbers change on the New York Stock Exchange and leads viewers into a world few of us ever see — the world of high-stakes trading.

The show brings a semi-secret world into view, giving us a glimpse of high-stress occupations that leave no one wondering why the burnout rate is high in this world. The money mavens in the show range from an aspiring day-trader to a floor trader, options trader, stockbroker, all the way to a self-made hedge-fund manager and investment broker.

It's the “Ice Road Truckers,” “Ax Men” or “Deadliest Catch” adrenaline rush for the buttoned-up audience, with “Project Runway”-style photography and a music track thrown in.

It's a fair education on the mechanics of high finance and may give some potential individual investors pause as they watch successful (and one beginner) traders at work. It's easier, after all, to be cavalier with someone else's money. Do we really want to know that pit traders sneak paper spurs onto the newbies' shoes and have a welcome hoedown as a joke?

The traders live in an extremely competitive field, but there's no competition among them since they are all in different areas of trading. Some subjects are more sympathetic; others come across as just plain greedy. It's all entertainment, since there is no real lesson here.

People looking for a peek under the Wall Street kimono will be riveted; others will just be glad they decided to take up careers in retailing or construction.

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