How can changing the allocation of tasks change the kinds of ethical obligations subjects recognize? My current research attempts to address this question historically in the context of wealth management firms in Northern Italy. It therefore addresses how classical anthropological concepts of joking/avoidance relationships or engagements with causality can provide productive methodologies for analyzing the intersection between the anthropology of ethics and finance. Previous research focused on executive compensation consultants in London and attempted to address questions such as: do CEOs have prices? and; how do compensation consultants morally evaluate their work?