Peter Sullivan Margin Call, My Inspiration for Becoming a CFA and a CPA

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know that I’m really a huge fan of just about every single kind of financial license or exam that there is. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Credits towards a BA in Accounting, I have passed the Securities Industry Essentials Exam, I have a Series 7 License and a Series 66 License, As well as a 2-15 Annuities License, I have read dozens of financial novels and accounting books, have watched hundreds of hours of financial documentaries, have written hundreds of thousands of words on my finance blog, and I have developed a knack for discount-living which enables me to put away a ton of money each month from my job (by next year I’m hoping it’s something close to $2000 per month before my 401K.) I definitely have a knack for finance, and am currently working in the field of banking and wealth management, on my way to becoming a CFP and a CFA, so when I see a movie like Margin Call where the main actor has an incredible brain like Peter Sullivan from Margin call does in the movie, I am definitely intrigued, as it is my dream to eventually move into Financial Accounting and Financial Analysis. In this blog post, I’ll give you my Peter Sullivan Margin Call review, and will tell you why I think this character is so darn cool. For more information on Margin Call and on all things finance, be sure to comment down below and to subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.

Other top characters in the movie Margin Call include the following:

Peter Sullivan

Peter Sullivan Margin CallWill Emerson

John Tuld (played by Jeremy Irons)

Sam Rogers (played by Kevin Spacey)

Sarah Robertson

Eric Dale

Jared Cohen

Seth Bregman

Mary Rogers

Ramesh Shah

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And a host of other characters. Overall this movie got extremely good ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and I really think that it is quite literally one of the greatest Wall Street Finance movies of all time. It is more like a futuristic Wall Street that is surrounded by the 2008 banking crisis, and I definitely love watching the ins and outs of the movie.

Why My Peter Sullivan Margin Call Review is Biased, As I Have Something of an Interest in the Field of Analysis

I’ve always had an extreme interest in having a high level of financial knowledge, with everything from Wall Street knowledge, sell side finance knowledge, how to manage a portfolio, term life vs whole life insurance, annuities, banking regulations and compliance, accounting, financial analysis, Search Engine Optimization, Writing, Politics, and the like. I have had a passion for these things all my life, and I’m just now noticing that maybe I have an actual knack for Finance, even in the real world beyond my Finance degree. The best thing that I really love about finance, is financial analysis, dealing with spreadsheets, with high level financial mathematics like the Net Present Value and the Internal Rate of Return, and with popular CFA exam concepts like Pension Accounting, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Derivatives, Options, Ethics and Compliance knowledge, and more. So, seeing a former rocket scientist on screen that is now a Wall Street Banker that makes over $300,000.00 per year, and who is well on his way to becoming a multi-millionaire, is definitely something of my goal in life. If given the opportunity, even with the insane expenses, I always wanted to work 100 per week at an investment bank in New York, and to burn the midnight oil, working nonstop in Investment Banking and compliance, and making your entire career essentially around long hours that never stop at the office! Personally, this is why Margin Call is probably my favorite movie of all time.

Why Peter Sullivan from Margin Call is Basically the Goal With Regards to An Entry Level Student Getting Into Finance

If you’re someone reading this that has always wanted to be in the field of Finance, then Peter Sullivan is basically the goal for you, and I’d tell you to do everything that you possibly can in order to get there. Onto what the character does in the movie Margin Call, Peter Sullivan is a former rocket scientist turned Financial Analyst in the Risk Management department of their bank. He soon realizes that the firm is operating in a way over-leveraged state, and that if the assets on their books start to swing too far in the wrong direction, that the loss (if it moves just 15% down) and remains on their books, that that loss would be greater than the current market capitalization of the entire firm. From here, the management team (spoiler alert) moves on to doing a fire sale, with only outgoing sales for the day. They offer the remaining 60 traders a lump sum of $1.4 million dollars if they achieve a 93% sale of their assets, with another $1.3 Million going to each of them if the entire floor achieves a 94% sale of their assets. From what it looks like in the end, each of those traders walked away with about $2,700,000 in their pocket, and Mr. Sullivan got that as well as probably a position and a raise on the new firm that will earn him north of $500,000 per year. Once again, this is an analyst’s wet dream.

Why This Peter Sullivan Margin Call Review is Inspiring Me to Go for the CFA

Once again as someone who likes finance and loves challenges, I really love this movie and especially this character, for no reason other than the fact that I am very analytical and that this character reminds me a lot of myself. Burning the midnight oil doing analytics and the like is one big reason why this movie has semi inspired me to sit for the CFA exam. The CFA exam has often been called the most rigorous finance exam sets on the planet, has been said to be more difficult than the CPA exam, the CFP exam, the Bar Exam and as almost on part with the actuary exams, and to this I humbly say, challenge accepted. Now I’m saving my money to possibly take the CFP exam and the enrolled agent exam right now, so time will tell if I will ever have the change and the funding to add the letters CFA next to my name, but for some reason I think that this would be an enjoyable 1000 hours of studying and that I would even further expand the financial education that I already have. Leave a comment down below if you think I should go for my CFA first over my CFP, because right now I’m leaning towards the CFA, it is harder and its cheaper, count me in.

Final Thoughts on Peter Sullivan, And Why Finance Will Always Be My Passion

What do you think of my Peter Sullivan Margin Call review, and what did you think of the movie Margin Call? As you may be able to tell from this blog post, I love the analytics and plot heading within the movie, and in fact I am absolutely obsessed with it as it is one day my dream to move to New York and work in the field of Finance at a high level there. What do you think of Peter Sullivan from Margin Call? Comment down below and let us know and be sure to subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.







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