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 About.com.

 

 

 

  1. Company Insights

    How Amazon Is Losing The Artificial Intelligence Race

    While Amazon leads in online merchandising and cloud computing, it lags in artificial intelligence.
  2. Stocks

    Why the 'Santa Claus' Stock Rally Is at Risk

    Whether the stock market enjoys a "Santa Claus rally" this year may hinge on the progress of tax reform.
  3. Stocks

    Stocks Could Rise As Much As 27% In 2018

    Golden Bull: The S&P 500 May Rise Sharply If Tax Reforms Are Passed
  4. Stocks

    How To Double Your Stock Gains

    U.S. investors looking for big gains should look to Asia, says a Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategist.
  5. Markets & Economy

    Global 4% GDP Growth Can Fuel Stocks in 2018: Goldman

    The global economy is likely to grow by a robust 4% in 2018, per Goldman Sachs, boosting stocks further.
  6. Stocks

    How Alibaba's Soaring Wealth Created 10 Billionaires

    Founder Jack Ma, worth $47.4 billion, wealthier than many U.S. tech billionaires
  7. Stocks

    Why Amazon's Biggest Threat May Be Wal-Mart

    Amazon.com, once regarded as unstoppable in the retail market, may now have reasons to fear giant Wal-Mart.
  8. 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
  9. Tech

    How Big Automakers Will Speed Past Tesla

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

    FedEx, UPS Can Beat Amazon Delivery Entry: Goldman

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

    Why Stock Investors Shouldn't Sell Now: Morgan Stanley

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

    6 Stocks With Upside As Market Ages: Wells Fargo Funds

    Shiny Returns: These stocks may offer big upside as the market ages
  13. 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.
  14. Stocks

    Get Ready For The Coming Bear Market and Recession

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

    Big Tech Stocks Poised To Rise In 2018 On Earnings

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