The Big Short

by

Michael Lewis

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Joe Cassano Character Analysis

Joe Cassano is one of many incompetent higher-ups in The Big Short who doesn’t realize that his company (in this case, the insurance company AIG) is dangerously exposed to the subprime mortgage market and vulnerable to some serious losses. His anger at Gene Park, who brings the issue up, illustrates how little some of the major players in the industry understood this crucial market.

Joe Cassano Quotes in The Big Short

The The Big Short quotes below are all either spoken by Joe Cassano or refer to Joe Cassano . 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 4 Quotes

Oddly, Cassano was as likely to direct his anger at profitable traders as at unprofitable ones, for the anger was triggered not by financial loss but by the faintest whiff of insurrection. Even more oddly, his anger had no obvious effect on the recipient’s paycheck; a trader might find himself routinely abused by his boss and yet delighted by his year-end bonus, determined by that same boss.

Related Characters: Michael Lewis (speaker), Joe Cassano , Gene Park
Page Number: 87
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Joe Cassano Character Timeline in The Big Short

The timeline below shows where the character Joe Cassano appears in The Big Short. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Outsiders vs. Conformists  Theme Icon
Wall Street’s Culture of Overconfidence Theme Icon
The Problems with Capitalism  Theme Icon
Pessimism vs. Optimism Theme Icon
Needless Complexity Theme Icon
...a default. For bringing the problem up, he gets yelled at by his boss, Joe Cassano. (full context)
Outsiders vs. Conformists  Theme Icon
Wall Street’s Culture of Overconfidence Theme Icon
The Problems with Capitalism  Theme Icon
Pessimism vs. Optimism Theme Icon
Needless Complexity Theme Icon
Cassano is a dictator in the office who demands strict obedience. He is upset at Park... (full context)