Mike Hanson 

Mike Hanson


Senior Vice President of Research

Michael Hanson is a Senior Vice President of Research at Fisher Investments. He joined Fisher Investments in 2002 and has served on the firm’s five-member Investment Policy Committee (IPC) since 2017. As a member of the IPC, Michael plays a critical role in all strategic investment decision for Fisher Investments’ client portfolios. In his current role, Michael also oversees the firm’s Research Group, which monitors the global economy and markets for investing risks and opportunities.

Michael has spent most of his career at Fisher Investments in the Research Department—where he has worked as a manager, editor and analyst. He has also worked directly with some of the firm’s largest institutional clients, helping them establish and manage portfolios that meet their specific objectives and, when applicable, restrictions. Mike has in-depth experience developing a wide variety of specialized strategies to for clients, particularly in the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.

Michael often appears in media interviews to provide the firm’s views on current market conditions. In interviews and bylined contributions, he analyzes current events and investor reactions with a special focus on behavioral finance. With an academic background in Psychology and Economics, Michael provides unique insight into investor behavior and why many investors make costly emotional mistakes. He is an avid reader and frequently reviews books he thinks may (or may not be) helpful for investors and advisers. In his podcast series, Michael interviews authors about their books and how their concepts relate to investing.

Beyond his writing, Michael Hanson also speaks at seminars worldwide. At these events, he provides Fisher Investments’ clients with insights on current market conditions and portfolio positioning. He has also lectured at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley on various investment management topics.

Outside of his day-to-day, Michael has written six books, including 20/20 Money: See the Markets Clearly, Gain Focus and Invest Better than the Pros. Prior to joining Fisher Investments, he worked as a Corporate Finance Analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. Michael also holds a doctorate degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Field Psychology.

Recent Articles & Interviews with Mike


Little Market Movement Will Happen If Stimulus Passes, Investor Says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just unveiled the Republicans' new trillion-dollar stimulus plan, calling for a reduction to the $600 unemployment boost. Mike Hanson, SVP of Research at Fisher Investments, joined Cheddar to discuss.

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Reality and Expectations: Rotation Flirtation

Everyone seems to be in flirtation mode with market rotations— specifically, leadership from large and growth stocks to small and value. Even bond guru Bill Gross got in on the action recently. And that’s the problem.

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Expectation And Reality: The Stock Analyst Of 2050

Thirty years from now, on some impressively super-powered computer terminal with access to data and computation we can barely fathom, a supremely confident analyst will look at the bear market of 2020, smirk, and say:

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Podcast: Behavioral Finance pioneer Meir Statman on being a "Normal" Investor

A wide-ranging discussion with Professor Meir Statman. Meir is the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance at Santa Clara University, he’s won numerous awards and accolades for his work, and his most recent book is “Behavioral Finance: The Second Generation,” published by the CFA Institute.

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Podcast: Behavioral Finance pioneer Meir Statman on being a "Normal" Investor

A wide-ranging discussion with Professor Meir Statman. Meir is the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance at Santa Clara University, he’s won numerous awards and accolades for his work, and his most recent book is “Behavioral Finance: The Second Generation,” published by the CFA Institute.

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Reality and Expectations: High-Frequency Investing Mistakes

Just recently, there’s been a gluttonous grab for “high-frequency data”—mostly daily, sometimes hourly, off-the-beaten track information investors believe gives them a clue about what happens next in today’s chaotic environment. So, instead of waiting for monthly services and manufacturing PMIs to rear their ugly heads, for example, people are instead looking to OpenTable’s daily restaurant bookings for hints on the recovery.

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Expectations and Reality: OMG, Did You See That Outburst on CNBC???

Things seem to be improving, but tempers aren’t. Expect more of it—and beware.

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Expectations and Reality: The Economy is Not a Machine

The economy is not a machine—it’s a system. That policymakers understand the difference is crucial to whether we see a quick recovery, or something far worse.

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Politicians and Coronavirus: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

There has never, ever been a more important time to watch what politicians do, not what they say.

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Stocks Close Lower as Oil Drags Market Down for Second Straight Day

Stocks closed lower on Tuesday, as the steep decline of crude oil dragged markets down for the second straight day. Michael Hanson, SVP of Research at Fisher Investments, explains how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc in the oil industry.

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