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Fab Tourre’s Fabulousness Extends To Grading Papers

The newly-minted PhD. Brings more empathy to the task of TAing a class in asset pricing than his students can possibly imagine.
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Fabrice Tourre always had a fondness for intellectual masturbation. Once upon a time, his, uh, efforts resulted in “monstruosities” whose “implications” he didn’t “necessarily understand,” but which did help torpedo the global economy and his Fabulousness’ Wall Street career. Since then, and since his unfortunate run-in with a New York federal jury, Fab’s been holed up in academia, still intellectually masturbating but with less civil liability attached, possibly working towards and understanding of the “complex, highly leveraged exotic trades” he was throwing together in his heyday. And in the not-always-hospitable ivory tower, he’s even found something he might be better at than building synthetic CDOs: TAing.

Mr. Tourre received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago after the financial crisis and is conducting postdoctoral research at Northwestern University. He has studied how markets price risk in debt securities and was a teaching assistant in a course on asset pricing for Professor George Constantinides at the University of Chicago.

“The reason I picked him up was because he was the top student when I taught the course the previous year,” Prof. Constantinides said. “As a TA, you want to be empathetic and help the students, and he did that very well.

Goldman Mortgage Trader Convicted of Fraud Pursuing New Career in Academia [WSJ]


That's Dr. Fab Tourre To You!

Goldman Sachs's former resident of fabulousness is going back to school. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in a 2010 complaint that Goldman Sachs and Fabrice Tourre, 33, who is on unpaid leave, defrauded investors in a collateralized debt obligation known as Abacus 2007-AC1. The regulator identified Tourre as a “resident of Kigali, Rwanda,” in court papers filed March 21 in Manhattan federal court. Tourre had been in the African nation’s capital working for a non-governmental organization before beginning his studies at the University of Chicago, according to a person familiar with his travels who declined to be identified because the matter isn’t public. “Tourre is a U.S. resident studying for a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago,” his lawyer, Pamela Rogers Chepiga, said in a statement March 21. Steve Koppes, a university spokesman, said Tourre has been enrolled in the program since September. [Bloomberg]

Fabulous Fab To Take The Stand Next Summer

Three years after Fabrice Touree was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly misleading investors, the (soon-to-be) Dr. of Economics and Love will go to trial, assuming finals don't pose a conflict. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan set the July 15 trial date at the end of a hearing in which an SEC lawyer argued that she should reinstate some claims against Tourre that another judge dismissed earlier in the case. Last year, U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones threw out some of the SEC’s claims after Tourre argued that he couldn’t be held liable under U.S. securities law for transactions that occurred outside the country. The SEC argued today that the claims should be reinstated because of a recent appeals court ruling that applied a broader definition of “domestic securities transaction” than the one used by Jones. Tourre’s case was assigned to Forrest last week. Tourre, 33, who is studying for a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago, wasn’t present in the courtroom today. His lawyer, Pamela Chepiga, told Forrest that she will check with her client to make sure there is no conflict between his exams and the trial date. Goldman Sachs’s Tourre Gets July 15 Trial Date [Bloomberg]