Mark T. Williams

Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, Finance and MSIM Program, Finance

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MBA, Boston University School of Management, Finance, 1993
BS, University of Delaware, Finance, 1985

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Mark T. Williams is a risk management practitioner and academic with two decades of experience. Since 2002, he has been on the Finance & Economics Faculty at Boston University and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer. Prior to teaching, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer, and a… Read more

Mark T. Williams is a risk management practitioner and academic with two decades of experience. Since 2002, he has been on the Finance & Economics Faculty at Boston University and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer. Prior to teaching, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer, and a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank. He is particularly experienced relating to risk management in the energy trading, banking industry, and derivative matters involving the capital markets.

In addition to his teaching duties at the graduate as well as undergraduate level, his expertise is called on frequently by national media. He has also been a guest columnist for Forbes.com, Reuters.com and The Boston Globe. In 2010 he published Uncontrolled Risk (McGraw Hill), a book examining the root causes of the financial crisis and the rise and fall of investment banking giant Lehman Brothers. Outside of academics, he conducts risk management seminars, has provided consulting for various Fortune 500 companies, and is a senior advisor at The Brattle Group. On several occasions, he has also been an expert witness in various corporate cases involving risk management matters.

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  • How Mt. Gox Debacle Won Over a Bitcoin Convert

    December 1, 2014

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Mark Williams, School of Management One event that inspired venture capitalist Tim Draper to amass a huge stash of bitcoin was the same one that turned other investors away… Expert quote: “The probability of success is low, but if it does hit, the reward will be very large.” View full […]

  • Bankers can soon cash-in on deferred recession era bonuses

    December 1, 2014

    New York Post Mark Williams, School of Management When it comes to bonuses, the waiting on Wall Street is about to pay off… Expert quote: “You’re going to see a deluge of bankers cashing out their restricted stock grants in the weeks ahead. These grants are deeply in the money.” View full article

  • How pensions make investing too complex

    November 8, 2014

    Fortune Mark Williams, School of Management Pricey consultants have convinced many pension funds to pile into private equity, real estate and hedge funds, which don’t necessarily promise higher returns or long-term investing… View full article referencing expert Mark Williams

  • Bank of America’s Surprise Profit Is Wiped Out Amid Currency Probes

    November 7, 2014

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, School of Management Bank of America Corp. cut third-quarter earnings by $400 million, wiping out the surprise profit it reported last month, as the firm braced for the end of probes into foreign-exchange dealings… Expert quote: “The attributes that make a strong currency trader is someone who’s aggressive and takes advantage of opportunities. If […]

  • The liberating idea behind Prague’s bitcoin-only café

    November 5, 2014

    Washington Post Mark Williams, School of Management Step inside the newest coffeehouse on Dělnická street in Prague and it doesn’t take long to notice that something’s amiss. There’s no cash register, nor a counter where customers would typically form a line… Expert quote: “The fact that there’s a hard cap on how many bitcoins can […]

  • Deutsche Bank Replaces Executives as Legal Expenses Soar

    October 29, 2014

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, School of Management Deutsche Bank AG (DBK),Germany’s biggest lender, is replacing its finance and legal chiefs as mounting litigation expenses wiped out quarterly profit and the firm begins talks to settle probes into alleged market rigging… Expert quote: “The number and level of executives being replaced point to a house-clean. This type of […]

  • Fed to Stress-Test Banks for Dire Stock, Housing Scenarios

    October 23, 2014

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, School of Management The Federal Reserve said it will scrutinize how 31 large U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., would respond to a plunge in equity and housing prices and a sharp downturn in the global economy… Expert quote: “The Fed is creating this theoretical test but then there is […]

  • Fed Watchdog Criticizes Scrutiny of JPMorgan London Whale

    October 21, 2014

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, School of Management The Federal Reserve Bank of New York botched oversight of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. office that suffered $6.2 billion in trading losses attributed to the so-called London Whale, a watchdog report showed… Expert quote: “The report is disturbing in that it reveals that the Fed, the nation’s most […]

  • Did Bank Rules Kill Liquidity? Volcker, Frank Respond

    October 20, 2014

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, School of Management Last week’s market gyrations sparked questions about whether bank regulations implemented after the 2008 financial crisis exacerbated price declines by limiting the ability of Wall Street banks to make markets… View full article referencing expert Mark Williams

  • Boomtown under Malloy, Stamford now at crossroads

    October 19, 2014

    Connecticut Post Mark Williams, School of Management The trading terminals have been shipped to New York City. There are no more power lunches at Morton’s steak house… Expert quote: “It’s almost like a modern version of what mill towns looked like when the industry started changing. I would say that the sun started to set on financial services in […]

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