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From The Trader’s Desk: Sabotage! Billions S4 E12 Season Finale – June 14, 2019

Sabotage

by Lady Trader I Fan Fun with Damian Lewis I June 14, 2019

From The Trader’s Desk: Sabotage! Billions S4 E12 – Season Finale’Cause what you see you might not get
And we can bet so don’t you get souped yet
You’re scheming on a thing that’s a mirage
I’m trying to tell you now it’s sabotage
Sabotage – Beastie Boys

Welcome to the last “From the Trader’s Desk” for Season 4 of Billions. We’ve seen the Good, the Bad, and ultimately, the very Ugly from our favorite characters this season (look for our upcoming “Best of Billions” for this season soon!), and this episode, “Extreme Sandbox” was no different.

Before I get into the episode, I want to say how much I have enjoyed bringing “From the Trader’s Desk” to you all each week. These posts were originally supposed to clear up any “fin-speak” that non-Wall Streeters just didn’t get. In the beginning, there was a lot of it! So much so, that we were adding to our Billions: Glossary on a weekly basis. However, as the show got more and more into the characters and the complexity of their relationships, the financial jargon got less and less. What would I write about? I decided that I would do what I do best: analyze and evaluate. If I can do it with companies I trade, I can do it with the rich characters of Billions. I didn’t know how it would go, but I have gotten some of the best feedback on my analysis posts, so thank you! Continue reading From The Trader’s Desk: Sabotage! Billions S4 E12 Season Finale – June 14, 2019

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From the Trader’s Desk: Parallel Lines, Billions S4 Ep11 – June 7, 2019

Parallel Lines

by Lady Trader I Fan Fun with Damian Lewis I June 7, 2019

Those who try to burn him pay
You don’t do that to Johnny Blade
He’s the meanest guy around his town
One look and he will cut you down
Johnny Blade – Black Sabbath

We’re getting closer to the end folks! This penultimate episode of Billions was the perfect set-up for next week’s finale.

Here at the Trader’s Desk, it’s our day job to see patterns, and we saw several parallels to last season’s E11, Kompenso, so let’s discuss! And in keeping with the parallels, I’ve used the same song to start this post as I did last season’s recap of E11 (just a different verse!). I don’t want to break the pattern! Continue reading From the Trader’s Desk: Parallel Lines, Billions S4 Ep11 – June 7, 2019

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From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4 E10 New Year’s Day – May 31, 2019

Moments in Time

by Lady Trader I Fan Fun with Damian Lewis I May 31, 2019

And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
New Year’s Day – U2

Hello and welcome to the Trader’s Desk. I know I have said this a few times (and we still have two episodes left) but this may be my favorite episode of the season! From the opening, to getting answers to questions I have had for 4 seasons, this was exactly the episode I needed after last week’s break.

I want to break my post down into two parts: quick observations, and then diving into particular moments. I believe certain moments of “New Year’s Day” are pivotal for some of our favorite characters.

Observations

I could not think of a better opening sequence than the one we were privileged to get this week. The combination of the wintery scenes of my favorite places in downtown Manhattan, accompanied by the unique voice of Bono from one of my favorite bands, U2, was just simply genius. I have had the pleasure of seeing U2 in concert several times, and all I can say is that there are front men, and then there’s Bono.

Taylor buying up shares in the main supplier to Rebecca’s Saler’s stores is a smart move. TMC basically controls the oxygen to the stores now, since Kling Appliances was 63% of Saler’s revenue. Rebecca will try to look for another supplier to buy, but some of the names she mentioned (Samsung, LG) are huge companies. The market cap of Samsung is $272B, and while smaller, the market cap of LG is $4.8B. Neither one are really options for Rebecca, since Saler’s has more debt than cash. It will be very interesting to see how this works, or if Axe can ride to the rescue once again for Rebecca.

Bonnie is now the Axe Cap IR person? This just seems strange. Don’t get me wrong – I love Bonnie, but I truly think she is much better at her Bloomberg trading than out meeting with current and potential clients. Bonnie’s personality is an “acquired” taste, so I’m wondering if this was done to break up her budding relationship with Dollar Bill. As always, Billions doesn’t do things just to do them, so I’m curious to see where this new role takes Bonnie. Continue reading From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4 E10 New Year’s Day – May 31, 2019

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Billions’ Stars Celebrate Season Three with High-End Whiskey – Sept 4, 2017

Billions’ Stars Celebrate Season Three with High-End Whiskey

By Ian Mohr – Page Six – September 4, 2017

The cast of “Billions” — including on-screen archrivals Damian Lewis and Paul ­Giamatti — were spotted knocking back high-end whiskey together at Mario Batali’s Del Posto to celebrate the series’ third season, spies said.

The cast earlier had their first table read before filming starts next week. Also at the tasting of flights of eight whiskeys, followed by a private dinner, were stars Malin Akerman, Maggie Siff and Condola Rashad and co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The group sampled Michter’s limited-production whiskeys, including the rare $5,000-plus-per-bottle “Celebration Sour Mash,” guided by the brand’s Magliocco brothers.

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Billions Season 1 Dining Guide: Eat Like a Billionaire Without Breaking the Bank – May 2, 2016

Billions Season 1 Dining Guide: Eat Like a Billionaire Without Breaking the Bank

by Damianista – Fan Fun With Damian Lewis – May 2, 2016

Source: Showtime

New York, in particular, has a fantastic dining scene. That is why NYC dining scene makes some memorable appearances in Billions, from some of its special occasion restaurants to yummy hole-in-the-walls, to cozy neighborhood joints, dining landmarks and take-out places. Here is our Billions dining guide and a thank you to the show for showcasing the dining capital of the world in the best way possible.  We describe each restaurant, provide picture of the scene as a refresher, a link to restaurant’s website, as well as its Yelp review when available. Bon Appetite!

Source: Showtime

Episode 1: The Pilot 

The one with our first meeting of Bobby:

Bruno’s pizza joint, Capparello’s was Axe’s go-to place when he was a kid and he is still a regular. Bruno seems to be a father figure to Axe. The secret? Pizza is made with San Marzano tomatoes!

Rosa’s Pizza: 7559 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379 (Queens) Yelp Review

You know, pizza is serious business in New York and hats off to Damian for eating his NY slice so authentically!

“ya gotta fold it to keep the grease from dripping and envelope that cheesy goodness right into your gaping mouth, amiright or amiright?” – JaniaJania

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