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


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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Markets Open Higher Tuesday After Monday Meltdown

Michael Hanson, senior vice president of research at Fisher Investments, breaks down the open after Monday's market meltdown.

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Fed Likely To Announce Rate Cuts Today

Michael Hanson, Senior VP of Research at Fisher Investments, says that what is "most important for investors today is to think about the global liquidity environment. It's not just about the Fed." Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi speak to him.

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Market Impact of Theresa May's Resignation

As political uncertainty continues across the board, Theresa May is planning to resign as U.K. Prime Minster. Yahoo Finance Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi discuss how it'll impact the markets with Fisher Investments' SVP of Research, Mike Hanson.

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What the Huawei Ban Means for U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

Google has announced that its cutting business ties with Huawei, dealing a major blow to Chinese telecom's company's ambitions of being the number one smartphone maker in the world. Mike Hanson, Fisher Investments' Senior Vice President of Research joined Cheddar to discuss how much leverage this ban buys the U.S. during stalled China trade negotiations.

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Book Review: Confusion de Confusiones

A 331-year-old look at the Amsterdam stock exchange can help investors deal with volatility today.

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