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Betting on Zero (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 March 2017 (USA)
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Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.

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William Ackman ... Self - CEO, Pershing Square Capital Management (as Bill Ackman)
Douglas M. Brooks Douglas M. Brooks ... Self - Attorney
William Cohan William Cohan ... Self - Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair (as William D. Cohan)
Julie Contreras Julie Contreras ... Self - Activist
Erin Criss Erin Criss ... Self - Former Herbalife distributor
Robert Fitzpatrick Robert Fitzpatrick ... Self - President, Pyramid Scheme Alert (as Robert FitzPatrick)
William Keep William Keep ... Self - Prof. of Business, College of New Jersey
Zak Kirby Zak Kirby ... Self
Christine Richard Christine Richard ... Self - Financial researcher
Julio Ulloa Julio Ulloa ... Self
Miguel Calderon Miguel Calderon ... Self
Jose G. Garcia Jose G. Garcia ... Self
Emma Lozano Emma Lozano ... Self (as Pastor Emma Lozano)
Martil Palama Martil Palama ... Self
Jay Reyes Jay Reyes ... Self - Attorney
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Writer/director Ted Braun follows controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history.

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Great documentary thats tries to cover almost all perspectives
11 February 2019 | by pieterbmolendijkSee all my reviews

Overall this is movie is really interesting. William Ackman does his best trying to expose the business model used by Herbalife, which is cleary unethical and the potential to harm a lot of uneducated and unsophisticated investors. Meanwhile, another CEO of an investment firm tries to fight him by buying buying shares from Herbalife, which creates this competitive rivalry between investors. It does a great job highlighting all sides and the consequences the business model has (which is not officially defined as a pyramid scheme by the FTC, but is pretty damn close).

For me, someone that studies banking and finance this movie could be a lot more attractive than for someone that is uninterested in finance or markets in general, my advice is therefore watch it if you are interested in the field of finance or like documentaries regarding economicies, else this is propably not worth it.


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