Mark T. Williams

Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, 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 three decades of experience.  Since 2002, he has been on the Finance Faculty at Boston University, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer.  Previously, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer… Read more

Mark T. Williams is a risk-management practitioner and academic with three decades of experience.  Since 2002, he has been on the Finance Faculty at Boston University, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer.  Previously, he worked as a senior trading floor executive, a bank trust officer and as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank.  His areas of expertise include risk management in banks, hedge funds and other investment companies; Fed monetary policy; corporate governance; business ethics; banking trading fraud and compensation practices; pension investments, return assessment and fraud prevention; energy commodities risk assessment; precious metals trading; financial literacy for young adults; and financial technology (Fintech), including virtual currencies and blockchain.

In addition to his teaching duties his expertise is called on frequently by national media. He has also been a guest columnist for the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters.com, Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy magazine and The New York Times. 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. In 2014 he provided Congressional Testimony on the risks associated with virtual currencies. He also presented on virtual currencies to The World Bank and at The Bretton Woods Committee in 2015. More recently, he co-authored a report about the growing risks associated with the MBTA pension.

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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  • Bitcoin soars above $17,000, boosting worries and a worldwide frenzy

    December 9, 2017

    Sentinel Source Mark Williams Bitcoin soared past the $17,000 mark on Thursday, a dizzying run for a digital currency that was worth less than $1,000 at the start of the year and was once largely the preoccupation of technologists or those looking to avoid scrutiny to launder money or buy drugs and weapons online… Expert […]

  • Who’s buying bitcoin?

    December 8, 2017

    Boston Herald Mark Williams Bitcoin, the volatile cryptocurrency, is the new gold rush… View full article

  • Bitcoin soars above $17,000, boosting worries and a worldwide frenzy

    December 7, 2017

    The Washington Post Mark Williams Bitcoin soared past the $17,000 mark on Thursday, a dizzying run for a digital currency that was worth less than $1,000 at the start of the year and was once largely the preoccupation of technologists or those looking to avoid scrutiny to launder money or buy drugs and weapons online… […]

  • Bitcoin spikes to a new record — again. Will it ever come down?

    December 7, 2017

    Boston Globe Mark Williams Is there anything that can stop bitcoin’s runaway price… Expert quote: “I think it’s as simple as folks don’t want to be left out. Something that can go up this fast can also go down equally as fast. That’s what a mania is. Now it’s just a question of how high will […]

  • Bitcoin Storms Wall Street

    December 2, 2017

    Barron’s Mark Williams Bitcoin traders have no time to pop the champagne anymore…. View full article

  • Fed chair prospect non-controversial

    November 1, 2017

    The Boston Herald Mark Williams President Trump is expected to replace Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen with a longtime fed official who would not be expected to dramatically change the agencies policies… View full article

  • Bitcoin Growing Up as Futures Open Floodgates to Wall Street

    October 31, 2017

    Bloomberg Mark Williams Bitcoin is going legit, for better or worse… Expert quote: “The concern is that CME will attempt to treat bitcoin like a corn or wheat future, when this commodity is in a highly risky class of its own.” View full article

  • To coin a craze: Silicon Valley’s cryptocurrency boom

    September 13, 2017

    Financial Times Mark Williams The ambition that gave birth to the InterPlanetary File System is as immodest as the name. Expert quote: “There’s a tendency to turn the brain off and jump in. It’s like Pets.com [which shut down in 2000]…People are treating it like a lottery ticket.” View full article

  • Janet Yellen puts ‘stake in the ground’

    August 26, 2017

    Boston Herald quoting Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business  “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen issued a stark warning that the next financial crisis could come at any time, staunchly defending post-recession regulatory changes that have come under political fire recently in what many expect to be her final major speech…” View full article.   

  • A Morgan Stanley Trader’s Gone and Wall Street Rivals Take Note

    August 1, 2017

    Bloomberg Quint quoting Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “It was a mere foot fault, many Wall Streeters say, a bit of fibbing perhaps between a debt trader and his client…” Expert quote: “As the client, if I felt like I wasn’t getting truthful information, I would be concerned.” View full article. 

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