Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Fabulous Fab

Freakonomics blog linked to the transcript of the famous Goldman Sachs emails released last month. Their motivation was that one of the main protagonists discusses taking a little holiday to read the Freakonomics book. The context of the emails is discussed in this Telegraph article. A quote that stands out is below (highlighted in the Telegraph article). This is from Fabrice Tourre, a senior executive in GS central to many of their dealings in mortgage based instruments. An interesting mental image if you are wondering how some of these markets work in a day-to-day sense.
“More and more leverage in the system. The whole building is about to collapse anytime now ... Only potential survivor, the fabulous Fab[rice Tourre] ... standing in the middle of all these complex, highly leveraged, exotic trades he created without necessarily understanding all of the implication of those monstruosities [sic]!!!”
Freakonomics also links to the instantaneous reaction to the plunge of P+G shares last Thursday. A strange world we are living in.

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