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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  • MBTA pension chief earned $282,000 in 2014

    May 21, 2016

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business The MBTA pension fund released an expanded annual report for its belated 2014 results Friday, disclosing the pay of top executives and certain investment details for the first time amid intense public scrutiny… Expert quote: “It’s a disturbing trend. They’re supposed to be financial stewards, […]

  • Vietnam Bank Hacking Attempt Shows Weakness of Swift Connection

    May 16, 2016

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business A foiled hacking attack on a small Vietnamese bank may have been a practice run for an $81 million cyber assault on Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and points to vulnerabilities in how banks connect to the Swift interbank messaging system… Expert quote: “The […]

  • JPMorgan Trading Risk Rose, Rivals Hit Brakes With Markets Amok

    May 13, 2016

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business Wall Street bank chiefs have vilified the profit-crushing markets that opened 2016 as “challenging” and “exceptionally violent and turbulent.”… Expert quote: “They’ve really dialed back their risk-taking. At the time when they really should be — because of the greater market volatility — jumping in and taking more […]

  • Bitcoin Backers Debate Whether False Founding Claims Hurt the Virtual Currency

    May 9, 2016

    Vice News Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business The about-face of the Australian entrepreneur who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, is the latest embarrassing controversy for a virtual currency that has become increasingly popular among serious techies and financiers… Expert quote: “This individual is extremely well known now. He’s […]

  • What we know about Craig Steven Wright, who claims to have invented Bitcoin

    May 2, 2016

    Washington Post Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “Satoshi is dead.” To many, the name Satoshi Nakamoto rings of mystery. Which makes sense — the name is a mystery. The name comes from a white paper about Bitcoin released in Nov. 2008. Nakamoto is considered the founder and inventor of Bitcoin, though no one knows for certain who s/he/they […]

  • Don’t remove the financial crisis guardrail

    May 1, 2016

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business How devastating would it be to today’s economy if one of the nation’s largest financial institutions collapsed, the way Lehman Brothers did in 2008under the weight of more than $600 billion in debt?… Expert quote: “It’s almost as if our memories are too short.” View full […]

  • Deutsche Bank Board Uproar Pits Lonely Lawyer Against Chairman

    April 27, 2016

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business Georg Thoma, the lawyer, and Paul Achleitner, the financier, worked together for more than two decades modernizing Germany Inc… Expert quote: “The current infighting is simply a reflection of the frustration current board members are feeling as they attempt to clean up the mess caused by earlier bank […]

  • Ruling Behind MetLife’s ‘Too Big to Fail’ Reprieve Unsealed

    April 7, 2016

    New York Times (subscription required) Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business The financial industry now has more information about why a court allowed MetLife to shed its “too big to fail” label last week, in a major setback for supporters of the Dodd-Frank Act… Expert quote: “I think this ruling opens the door for other […]

  • The Little Short That Might: Subprime Auto Loans

    April 5, 2016

    Institutional Investor Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business Auto lending is a much smaller market than mortgages, but it mirrors many of their problems, particularly in subprime. Beware a recession… Expert quote: “The subprime auto market appears small, but when you take into account a weak global economy already, you can see the impact of […]

  • ‘Panama Papers’ Shine Uncomfortable Spotlight on Wealth of the Global Elite

    April 5, 2016

    Bloomberg Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business From Moscow to Reykjavik to Buenos Aires and beyond, the same two words are suddenly reverberating in financial circles: offshore accounts… Expert quote: “Global offshore money laundering is a multibillion-dollar business and remains alive and well. This leak is proof that despite explicit banking laws against tax evasion, […]

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