Volume 21 Issue 12

The Wall Street Issue

What It Felt Like to Watch My Wife Get a Boob Job

In the opening scene of this porno spoof of Martin Scorsese's ode to the excessive 80s, porn star Dani Daniels (the film's equivalent of Leonardo DiCaprio) gets head under her desk while trying to sell penny stocks on the telephone.
Chris Nieratko
The Wall Street Issue

What Money Is and How It Moves All Over the World

For millennia, bartering was the way to do business, but it made for slow transactions. Around 9000 BC, the use of animals, spices and tools to pay for goods and services became commonplace.
Haisam Hussein
The Wall Street Issue

Why Whistle-Blower Haim Bodek Exposed the Biggest Scam on Wall Street

Haim Bodek, a Goldman Sachs alum, was once what Wall Street calls a "big swinging dick." But two years after going to authorities with what he claims to be one of the largest heists in Wall Street history, he was practically blackballed.
The Wall Street Issue

When Wall Street Came to London

When a number of British institutions were taken over by their Wall Street counterparts and the hardworking, hard-gambling culture of global finance as we know it began to take shape.
Oscar Rickett
The Wall Street Issue

The 66-Year-Old Rave King of Wall Street

In the past few years, Bob Sillerman has become notorious in the dance-music industry for buying up a string of once-independent rave promoters and affiliated service companies in order to take the once-underground culture to Wall Street.
Zel McCarthy
The Wall Street Issue

Kill the Banker

A little violence can sometimes work to defend against predatory bankers. Consider the farmers of Le Mars, Iowa. The year was 1933, the height of the Great Depression.
Christopher Ketcham

How the Mob Gets Rich Off of Recessions

The Mafia has always profited from economic crisis. Recessions fill up the mob's coffers and boost its social standing. In fact crime is one of the few sectors of the economy that thrive in moments of financial decline.
Roberto Saviano

How an Australian Millionaire Ended up Alone and Shirtless on a Tropical Island

David Glasheen lost everything on the stock market, but he still loves it.
Julian Morgans
The Wall Street Issue

Your Retirement Fund Is Slowly Evaporating

Whether you know it or not, your 401(k) is likely being devoured by marketing fees, investment-management fees, administrative fees, and broker commissions—along with trading fees that pass on to you every time a mutual fund buys or sells a security.
Lee Fang
The Wall Street Issue

Killing People Overseas Will Always Be a Growth Industry

Today, foreign policy is enacted through corporations. Tasks that once would have been the sole province of the CIA or the military are routinely contracted out to firms listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Sean McFate
The Wall Street Issue

A Laymen's Guide to the Finance Industry's Cryptic Jargon

Wall Street can therefore seem like a very private club. But in fact anyone can participate; the barriers to entry are as much linguistic as they are financial. With that in mind, here's a primer on the A to Z of the financial multiverse.
Andy Millard and Drew Millard
The Wall Street Issue

The True Story of the ‘Greatest Corporate Failure in American History’

The infamous AIG bonus controversy of 2009 was a rare moment when everyone in America was angry about the same thing. Today, thanks to a lawsuit being argued in Washington, we now know how comprehensively we were duped.
VICE Staff