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From Goldman Sachs vice president Fabrice Tourre, on January 23, 2007, as he was in the process of putting together a CDO offering that was specifically designed to implode:

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 implications of those monstruosities!!!

Well, I guess he understands the implications now.

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