Apr 05 2008
Trader: The Paul Tudor Jones Documentary
I’ve recently been in an exchange on Trade2Win with a member looking for a copy of a video known as Trader. It’s a documentary of the now legendary Paul Tudor Jones. The cover describes it as:
An inside look at a real flesh and blood Wall Street Trader. No fictional character will ever equal him.
Basically, Trader is a 60 minuteÂ look into the life and trading of Jones, who is one of the elite money managers of our time. I believe it was originally a PBS showing.Â It shows him trading and talking about about the markets, and it shows some of his life outside trading.
The filming for Trader took place in late 1986 and early 1987 and in the footage Jones talks about his expecation for a major stock market decline to come. Basically, he’s predicting on film the Crash of 1987. In fact, Jones is featured in Market Wizards, the interview for which was done a little while after the Crash, providing an interesting bookend with the video.
Here’s the rub, though. Finding a copy of Trader is nearly impossible. I’ve heard talk before that Jones has gone around buying up all the copies he could get his hands on, presumably because he’s now a respected fund manager and philanthropist and doesn’t want to be thought ofÂ as the brash characterÂ which comes acrossÂ in the documentary. I don’t know if there’s any real truth to that, but a New York Times article from last fall does say that he request of the producers sometime back in the 90sÂ that no more copies be made available and that they’d seen prices of $295 and up onlineÂ for copies on offer.
And yes, I do have a copy – one I’ve had for many years.
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