The Big Short


Michael Lewis

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Eugene Xu is a “quant” (a quantitative analyst who uses math and statistics to provide information about investments) who works for Greg Lippman, and who Lippman brings to meetings to convince skeptical potential investors like Steve Eisman, Vinny Daniel, and Danny Moses. Though he’s from China and Lippman claims he can’t speak English (to give the impression that Xu is a real number whiz), in fact, he can speak English.

Eugene Xu Quotes in The Big Short

The The Big Short quotes below are all either spoken by Eugene Xu or refer to Eugene Xu . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W.W. Norton edition of The Big Short published in 2010.
Chapter 3 Quotes

The argument stopper was Lippmann’s one-man quantitative support team. His name was Eugene Xu, but to those who’d heard Lippmann’s pitch, he was generally spoken of as “Lippmann’s Chinese quant.” Xu was an analyst employed by Deutsche Bank, but Lippmann gave everyone the idea he kept him tied up to his Bloomberg terminal like a pet. A real Chinese guy—not even Chinese American—who apparently spoke no English, just numbers’ China had this national math competition, Lippmann told people, in which Eugene had finished second. In all of China. Eugene Xu was responsible for every piece of hard data in Lippmann’s presentation. Once Eugene was introduced into the equation, no one bothered Lippmann about his math or his data. As Lippmann put it, “How can a guy who can’t speak English lie?”

Related Characters: Michael Lewis (speaker), Greg Lippmann (speaker), Steve Eisman, Vincent Daniel, Daniel Moses , Eugene Xu
Page Number: 66
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Eugene Xu Character Timeline in The Big Short

The timeline below shows where the character Eugene Xu appears in The Big Short. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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One of Lippmann’s most persuasive arguments is his work with Eugene Xu , a “quant” (meaning a quantitative analyst who uses math and statistics to provide information... (full context)