After Years of Maddening Questions… Finally Some Answers

In Saturday’s PvP weblog, there is finally an answer to the question that has haunted me for 20 years…

Just what exactly happened at the end of Trading Places?

Based on what Quicken says I am certainly no financial wizard, but even people that I know who have a good grasp on money matters have had trouble figuring out just what is exactly happening in this classic comedy’s climatic stock exchange scene. Now I know! And you have no idea how relieved I feel. When I say that this has been haunting me for 20 years I am not making some hyperbolic joke. In fact, Trading Places was on TV this weekend and I had this exact conversation during the scene in question:

Me: “Okay, what the hell is happening here?”

Other person: “They’re getting rich, but I don’t know why.”

This happened less than 48 hours ago!

I have been deliberately vague so as not to spoil anyone who hasn’t seen the movie. But quite frankly, if you haven’t seen the movie you really should. It is arguably on of the ten funniest movies of the 1980s. This was during Eddie Murphy’s golden comedy genius years that included Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hours. I watch it every time I catch it on TV.


  1. I didn’t know this bothered you so much….

  2. You have no idea.

  3. Shorting is very confusing for some reason. It doesn’t seem to make sense, and almost doesn’t seem like it should be legal.

    Oh well.

  4. This may be why none of us are getting rich off the futures market.

  5. I read it and I still don’t get it.

    Wait a minute – Jaime Lee Curtis went topless in that movie?

  6. and….she’s part man.

  7. Well, you have to see the movie to get the explanation.

    And yes to the topless and part man bits.

  8. she shows the man bits?

  9. No, that was THE CRYING GAME.

  10. Chris Guest knows!

  11. Maybe that’s why he’s so dour.

  12. she’s apparently very….unpredictable.

  13. Make sure you call her Mrs. Guest.

  14. exactly.