'The Wolf of Wall Street' was supposed to expose the worst of Wall Street excess and corruption, but new data show it may have had the opposite effect.
MarketWatch reports that searches for stockbroker jobs on Indeed.com rose nearly 80% in the U.S. around the release of the Martin Scorsese film, according to the job site’s four-month study. Indeed looked at searches over the past two years and confirmed there was a significant spike in queries during the period leading up to and after the film’s release.
Stockbroker fever also caught on in the U.K., which saw a 44% spike in searches in January, when the film was released there.
The film was panned by some critics for glorifying the excessive lifestyle of Jordan Belfort, who spent 22 months in prison for securities fraud and money laundering. Belfort penned two memoirs, and his life story was turned into an Oscar-nominated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who has referred to the book as “a cautionary tale.”
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