financial documentaries

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Here is a list of my picks for the top ten financial documentaries available on Netflix at the time of this writing that you can watch with a subscription. These documentaries are informative, educational, and most are also entertaining. This is a great way to raise your financial IQ and are basically free if you are already paying Netflix to entertain you then all it will cost you is time to also learn new things about the financial world, personal finance, big business, or economics. 

  1. Money Explained: While people spend it, borrow it, and save it, money also has many hidden minefields. This docuseries looks into the businesses of credit cards, casinos, scammers, and student loans. 
  2. Inside Bill’s Brain: This documentary gives viewers a glimpse inside the mind of Bill Gates as it follows the billionaire’s day to day life. He opens up about those who influenced him and the audacious goals he’s still pursuing.
  3. Dirty Money: This is a docuseries about corporations built on lies and scandals, along with tales of greed and corruption in finance.
  4. Bad Boy Billionaires India: This investigative docuseries explores the greed, fraud and corruption that brought down India’s most infamous billionaires.
  5. Saving Capitalism: Former labor secretary Robert Reich interviews Americans and examines the shifts in the U.S. economy.
  6. The Minimalists: Less is now: Friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have built a movement out of minimalism. In this documentary they share how everyone’s lives can be better while owning less things to clutter up their life. 
  7. The Business of Drugs: A former CIA analyst investigates the economics of six illicit substances to understand the origins and true impact of the business of drugs.
  8. Broken: This docu-series shows how negligence and deceit in consumer items can lead to terrible outcomes.
  9. American Factory: This documentary starts with hope as a Chinese company reopens a closed factory in Ohio. The culture clash threatens to derail an American dream. 
  10. Cuba and the Cameraman: A chronicle of the fortunes of three Cuban families over the course of forty years.