Mark Kolakowski

Mark Kolakowski


Mark Kolakowski has had a long multidisciplinary career. His higher education includes an A.B. magna cum laude in economics from Harvard and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

At AT&T, he developed a comprehensive system of econometric models to forecast the impact of the 1984 Bell System breakup on telecom equipment sales. He later worked in project analysis.

At Touche Ross, which later merged with Deloitte, he was a management consultant with engagements in mutual fund accounting, systems design and implementation, bank operations, retailing, forensic accounting and merger analysis.

During a 14-year career at Merrill Lynch, Mark had a number of roles and responsibilities in the financial organization. These included: the estimation and implementation of new transfer pricing methodologies to enhance management reporting, profitability analysis (at product, client segment and individual client levels), business forecasting, product pricing, IT liaison and the design of sales force compensation schemes.  As controller and chief of staff for the high net worth client marketing department, he also led efforts in market research and data mining.

Since 2001, Mark has been self-employed as a consultant, first to JPMorgan Chase and since then to an Internet entrepreneur.  His book Career Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Business uses case studies from his own experiences as lessons in career management, corporate culture and organizational politics. He has edited books in both fiction and nonfiction genres, as well as academic papers in economics. From 2008 to 2016 he was the Financial Careers Expert for




  • Showing 1-15 of 375 items
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • ...
  • 25
  • >>
  1. Stocks

    U.S. Stocks Poised For 10% Holiday Drop: Raymond James

    Holiday Hangover: stocks may fall 5-10%, spurred by the fading Trump rally and tax-driven selling
  2. Tech

    How Big Automakers Plan to Crush Tesla

    Tesla, regarded by many as the future of the auto industry, could get crushed by big rivals.
  3. Stocks

    FedEx, UPS Can Beat Amazon Delivery Entry: Goldman

    FedEx and UPS could grow earnings by 50%, despite's entry into delivery, Goldman Sachs says.
  4. Stocks

    Why Stock Investors Shouldn't Sell Now: Morgan Stanley

    Investors should stay firmly in stocks and resist the temptation to sell on pullbacks.
  5. Stocks

    6 Stocks With Upside As Market Ages: Wells Fargo Funds

    Shiny Returns: These stocks may offer big upside as the market ages
  6. Company Insights

    Amazon May Soon Become Market's 'Trillion Dollar Bull'

    Amazon will get as much profit from new lines of business by the year 2020 as it does from retail today.
  7. Stocks

    Get Ready For The Coming Bear Market and Recession

    A bullish strategist now says that stocks are in the "9th inning"
  8. Stocks

    Big Tech Stocks Poised To Rise In 2018 On Earnings

    Gaining Altitude: Strong earnings should push tech stocks higher in 2018, Goldman says.
  9. Stocks

    5 Safe Haven Dividend Plays

    Safe Payouts: GE's 50% cut has left investors scrambling to find other safe dividend stocks
  10. Stocks

    The Investor Handbook for Profiting Off Market Bubbles

    A portfolio of supposedly over-inflated assets has returned an eye-popping 120% so far this year.
  11. Stocks

    These 9 Tech Stocks Could Outshine the FAANGs

    Many smaller tech stocks have significant upside, and are likely to attract buyers when investors' love affair with the big ...
  12. Markets & Economy

    Stock Investors' Handbook for a Bear Market

    Investors looking to protect against downside risk might consider building a "poor man's hedge fund."
  13. Stocks

    GE's Shrinking Cash Flow Signals Stock's Tragic Decline

    GE founder Edison would be shocked by the company's fall
  14. Stocks

    'Momentum' Will Boost FANGs, Chips, Banks: Krinsky

    Major momentum in FANG, chip and bank stocks should push these sectors even higher.
  15. Stocks

    Why Amazon's Stock Is Poised To Reach New Records

    Amazon is up 50% this year and is likely to jump higher, one technical analyst says
  • Showing 1-15 of 375 items
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • ...
  • 25
  • >>