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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  • Goldman’s rotten trading quarter is a familiar smell on Wall Street

    July 20, 2017

    Reuters quoting Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “Big Wall Street banks have spent billions of dollars and untold man-hours in recent years transforming their trading desks from hedge-fund like operations trading on their own account into market-making businesses offering a price based on what customers want to buy or sell…” Expert quote: “Throwing more […]

  • Why bodegas should think twice before allowing for bitcoin ATMs

    July 20, 2017

    New York Post quoting Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “What are bitcoin ATMs doing in small bodegas throughout New York City?…” Expert quote: “It’s another form of a laundromat.” View full article. 

  • Initial Coin Offerings: A new capital market takes wing, but not without controversy

    July 17, 2017

    S & P Global quoting Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “Capital markets have long found new ways to provide funding for economic institutions of all shapes and sizes…” Expert quote: “Each platform is different, and the role that a token plays also differs widely from platform to platform…” View full article. 

  • All-Clear for Big Banks Raises Fears of a Return to Risk

    June 29, 2017

    New York Times quoting Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “It took a decade — and $200 billion in fines — but the big banks are back…” Expert quote: “This isn’t the time to put the brakes on regulation.” View full article.   

  • I-Team: Critics Say Uber’s Vehicle Leasing Option Is ‘Predatory’

    May 17, 2017

    CBS Boston Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “Thousands of Massachusetts drivers make their living working for ride-hailing services like Uber…” Expert quote: “Uber is very much setting itself up as a predatory lending mechanism.” View full article. 

  • How One Scrappy Startup Survived the Early Bitcoin Wars

    May 9, 2017

    WIRED Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “THE GIRLS WERE dancing on a neon tank, wearing sequined bikinis lit up by red and green laser light…” Expert quote: “A black market that can exist on fiat currency will only multiply on virtual currency if unchecked.” View full article. 

  • Trump’s Policies Spell Impending Recession for America

    April 18, 2017

    ZeroHedge Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “If President Trump continues down his current path of protectionism and anti-globalization, to try and put “America First”; then retaliatory measures by other world powers, huge domestic deficits, massive job losses and spiralling inflation could in fact put America last!” View full article. 

  • Paul Manafort Received Loans From Another Former Trump Adviser’s Bank

    March 29, 2017

    Wall Street Journal Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business Paul Manafort, the onetime campaign chairman for President Donald Trump who did lucrative consulting for Ukrainian tycoons, faced foreclosure on several real-estate investments but received a $16 million lifeline through another former Trump adviser, real estate and court records show… Expert quote: “Mark Williams, a Boston University professor and […]

  • Bitcoin “Ponzi Scheme”?: Indian Ruling Party MP Asks Government

    March 28, 2017

    Coin Telegraph Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “Kirit Somaiya, a Member of Parliament of the ruling BJP in India, has raised concerns about Bitcoin being a Ponzi scheme…” Expert Quote: “Dr. Mark Williams, a finance teacher at Boston University, predicted in 2013 that Bitcoin would trade for less than $10 by June 2014.” View […]

  • After ETF Rejection, What’s Next for Bitcoin On Wall Street?

    March 21, 2017

    CoinDesk Mark Williams, Questrom School of Business “Days after the first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) was roundly rejected by regulators, this much is certain: digital currency investors remain in waiting for the asset’s proper Wall Street debut…” Expert quote: “This detailed SEC ruling makes it clear that more focus has to be placed on needed […]

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