Reading Habits of the "Fabulous Fab"

Goldman Sachs’s Fabrice Tourre apparently found time in between creating (arguably) devious investment instruments for some leisure reading.?In a Jan., 2007, email the “Fabulous Fab” wrote “I am now going to try to get away from ABX and other ethical questions, and immediately plunge into Freakonomics.” Wondering what might have happened had he delayed his reading to spend more time on those “ethical questions” … (HT: Daniel Lippman)[%comments]

Freaking great read.

Maybe you can get his endorsement for the next edition?

Eileen Wyatt

If the "ethical questions" involved finding the best techniques for rationalizing behaviors that seem to have at least skirted violating the law, maybe having him spend more time on them would not have been a good thing.

Interesting possible study: do professionals who are eager to serve on ethics committees have some measurable form of greater ethical violations than people who figure that behaving ethically is pretty straightforward?


of course he has implied that freakonomics has no sense of ethics



Casey Roberson

The ethical issues are present throughout Goldman Sachs. I understand Paulson was the master mind but the CEO had to know something about Abacus. What about the advisors telling clients the fund was a good investment? All advisors should be in question. Didn't Goldman Sachs get into trouble about ten years ago about dealing in mortgages?


Who is it that said "no publicity is bad publicity"? Not sure I would put the endorsement on the next book jacket but funny nonetheless.