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


Upside Risks Are the Riskiest

For long-term investors, upside market risk has forever been the most dangerous risk.

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Upside Risks Are the Riskiest

For long-term investors, upside market risk has forever been the most dangerous risk.

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How Wearable Gadgets Describe Economic Data

A crop of new products promise data about your body and fitness level, but they're far less accurate than touted. The same holds true for economic data.

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Book Review: Business Adventures Is Better With Age

After decades out of print, John Brooks' Business Adventures reveals itself an accessible and worthwhile classic.

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Ignore Election “Momentum”; Gridlock Is Already the Big Winner

Expect a lot of talk about which party has the "momentum" heading into Election Day. Ignore it-gridlock is already the winner, a good thing for the stock market.

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Ditch Your Catalyst Thinking

Investors of all kinds tend to believe “catalysts” are needed to move markets higher. Bull markets don’t need them, never have.

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Book Review: Signals, Noises, Foxes, Hedgehogs, and Bayes

Nate Silver has written one of the best books on forecasting I’ve ever read.

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The Rise of Technocranalysis

Technocratic thinking is infesting economics—and enfeebling it.

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Coolidge

An austere president in budget—and persona.

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