Trading futures in film blockbusters? Students can bet on it


I'll admit it right off the bat: I'm an investment idiot. Business culture and the financial universe vex me, and I'd likely struggle to tell you the difference between a hedge fund and a garden hedge.

But pop culture? That I get better than most. And as a result I guessed, for instance. that "Clash of the Titans" would top the box office last weekend -- mostly as a salve for the "Avatar" hangover effect -- despite scads of awful reviews. Big whoop, right? I certainly didn't expect anyone to hand me a check for my motion picture prescience.

As of this week, though, all signs indicate that I'll soon find a new website willing to do just that.