Quants - The Alchemists of Wall Street - VPRO documentary

Quants are the math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall street. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are at the heart of yet another technological revolution in finance: trading at the speed of light. What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster? A story about greed, fear and randomness from the insides of Wall Street.Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2010.© VPRO Backlight February 2010On VPRO broadcast you will find nonfiction videos with English subtitles, French subtitles and Spanish subtitles, such as documentaries, short interviews and documentary series.VPRO Documentary publishes one new subtitled documentary about current affairs, finance, sustainability, climate change or politics every week. We research subjects like politics, world economy, society and science with experts and try to grasp the essence of prominent trends and developments.Subscribe to our channel for great, subtitled, recent documentaries.Visit additional youtube channels bij VPRO broadcast:VPRO Broadcast, all international VPRO programs: DOK, German only documentaries: Metropolis, remarkable stories from all over the world: World Stories, the travel series of VPRO: Extra, additional footage and one off's: Marije MeermanResearch: Gerko WesselEnglish, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

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