Steve works in the same row with the guys who come up with the quantitative formulas for the traders. The stock market is run by computer algorithms, which is a whole different topic to generate paranoia and panic. Steve's quite sure that all the quant dudes are on the autistic spectrum. They talk to themselves behind their computers. They take math textbooks with them to the bathroom for a little reading, while doing their business.
he thought of it that way, he realized that complex modern financial
markets were as good as designed to reward a person with Asperger's who
took an interest in them. "Only someone who has Asperger's would read a
subprime-mortgage-bond prospectus," he said.
Read the whole Lewis article. Really amazing writing.