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


Neurosis Is Killing Your Returns!

Short-term volatility is the psychological price investors pay to achieve stocks’ high historical long-term returns.

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Here's How Global Stocks Can Boost Your Portfolio

For investors seeking a diversified portfolio, look no further than overseas stocks.

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When Planning for Retirement, Don't Underestimate Your Life Span

When planning for retirement, many people underestimate just how long they'll live.

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Why Passive Investing Is More Wall Street Marketing Pitch Than Reality

Most active managers' long-term history doesn't compare favorably to broad market indexes -- a fact the media notes ad nauseum in its celebration of passive's "rise."

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Here's An Approach To Active Investing You've Probably Overlooked

Sectors, styles, size and country weightings impact a portfolio's long-run results more than which individual stock you choose.

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Fake News: Yellow Ain't Mellow

Ryan Holiday's Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator is a useful, timely guide to understanding the modern media.

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Trade Pacts Are Mercantilist

Contrary to widespread belief, trade agreements and free trade aren't necessarily equivalent.

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Book Review: Is Forecasting A General Skillset?

Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner's Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction shows what makes the best forecasters successful.

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Book Review: The Reflexive Properties of European Discombobulation

Investing lessons from an interesting little book about the euro crisis.

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