Mark T. Williams

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Mark Thomas Williams (born August 19, 1963) is an educator, author and risk management analyst. He is a faculty member in the Finance and Economics Department at Boston University where he teaches classes in risk management and capital markets.[1]


Williams was born in Delaware. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1985.[2] He became a bank trust officer for Wilmington Trust Company (formerly Sussex Trust), joining TD Banknorth (1987) and attended the ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University (1988). In 1993 he earned a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University and joined the Federal Reserve Bank as an examiner in Boston and San[3] In 1996 he became a senior risk analyst for Pacific Gas & Electric. One year later he joined Citizens Power LLC, a Boston based energy trading company, and became Senior Vice President, Head of Global Risk Management. Since 2002, he has been on the faculty of Boston University where he holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer.[4] He is a senior advisor at the Brattle Group and is on the board of Appleton Partners, a Boston-based private wealth management firm. In 2008 he was awarded the Beckwith Prize for Excellence in Teaching.[2]

Williams appears in national media and is a guest columnist for Financial Times, The New York Times,,, Boston Herald, Business Insider, and the Boston Globe. Williams’ book on the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers, Uncontrolled Risk, traces the root causes of the Great Crisis of 2008.[5]

On December 5, 2013, Williams published an article warning that Bitcoin was a hyper asset bubble fueled by a get-rich-quick mindset.[6] On January 29th, 2014, he provided oral and written testimony before the New York State Department of Financial Services hearing on virtual currencies. He raised several concerns about Bitcoin including it being a high-risk virtual commodity, having artificially inflated price, extreme hoarding, hyped demand, high potential for market manipulation, and need for strong regulation.


Testimony of Mark T. Williams The New York State Department of Financial Services: Hearing on Virtual Currencies - January 29th, 2014.

Selected Works


  • Williams, Mark T. Uncontrolled risk: the lessons of Lehman Brothers and how systemic risk can still bring down the world financial system. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  • Williams, Mark T. & Lawson, Alan. Longwood Covered Courts: And the Rise of American Tennis. Boston: 2013.

Recent Articles

Recent Interviews


External links


  1. Fannie, Freddie execs 'splainin'. BU Now (9 April 2010).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas, Neil (10 June 2010). UD alum writes book on Lehman, financial crisis and important lessons learned. UDaily.
  3. Healy,Beth (27 June 2010). Learning from Wall Street's Failures. The Boston Globe.
  4. Barlow, Rich (17 June 2010). Learning from Lehman Brothers. BU Today.
  5. [Mark T.] (22 March 2010). Uncontrolled Risk. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-07-163829-6. Check |authorlink= value (help); Check |authorlink= value (help)

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