Kenneth Lawrence Fisher is an American investment analyst, and the founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, a money management firm with offices in Woodside, California, San Mateo, California, and Camas, Washington.
Born: November 29, 1950 (age 66), San Francisco, CA
Education: Humboldt State University
Books: Super Stocks (1984), The Wall Street Waltz (1987), 100 Minds that Made the Market (1993), The Only Three Questions That Count (2006), The Ten Roads to Riches (2008), How To Smell A Rat (2009), Debunkery (2010), Markets Never Forget (2011), Plan Your Prosperity (2012), The Little Book of Market Myths (2013) and Beat The Crowd (2015)
Fisher Investments Executive Chairman
Ken Fisher is the founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, an independent, fee-only investment adviser with $77 billion1 under management. Fisher Investments maintains four principal business units, Fisher Investments Institutional Group, Fisher Investments Private Client Group, Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions Group and Fisher Investments International Group, which serve a global client base of diverse investors. The clients of Fisher Investments and its affiliates include over 175 large institutions and over 35,000 high net worth individuals.
Forbes Portfolio Strategy Columnist
Perhaps best known for his prestigious Forbes "Portfolio Strategy" column, Ken Fisher's over 30 years of high-profile market calls make him the longest continuously running columnist in Forbes' history. Ken Fisher's long tenure provides a record of his notable market calls.2
Ken Fisher has written eleven books, including four New York Times bestsellers; 2006's The Only Three Questions That Count, 2008's The Ten Roads to Riches, 2009's How to Smell a Rat, and 2010's Debunkery. His latest book, Beat the Crowd, was published in 2015. In 1984, his Super Stocks was that year's best-selling stock market book. Others include 1987's The Wall Street Waltz and 1993's 100 Minds That Make the Market, both re-released by John Wiley & Sons in 2007.
Ken Fisher has also been published, interviewed and/or been written about in numerous major American, British and German finance or business periodicals. He writes a weekly column for Germany's Focus Money magazine as well as a monthly column on the UK's Interactive Investor website. From 2005 - 2012, his Forbes market forecasts were among the most accurate as reviewed by third-party CXO Advisory Group. The research firm's "Guru Grades" rates the accuracy of publicly available expert forecasts on the stock market. Ken Fisher is among the top-ranked forecasters on the list.3
His early 1970s theoretical work pioneered a tool known as the Price-to-Sales Ratio, now a core part of financial curriculum. A prize-winning researcher, his credits span a multitude of professional and scholarly journals as well as his firm's output--in both traditional and behavioral finance.
Ken Fisher's hobbies include the history of Kings Mountain, California and 19th century redwood lumbering history. He has also established the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at his alma mater, Humboldt State University. He and his wife, Sherrilyn, have three adult sons.
1 As of 3/31/2017, Fisher Investments and its subsidiaries manage over $77 billion in assets—over $39 billion for North American private investors, over $33 billion for institutional investors and over $4 billion for European private investors.
2 Ken Fisher's columns represent his personal forecast and do not represent the performance of Fisher Investments or its clients. Not all past forecasts were as accurate as those described herein. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.
3 www.cxoadvisory.com/gurus. Based on a report completed in 2013 by CXO Advisory Group. The final report, titled “Guru Grades”, contains accuracy ratings for 68 forecasters collected over a period from 2005 to 2012 including market forecasts by Ken Fisher as published in Forbes. Ken Fisher's market forecasts in Forbes represent his personal forecasts of the overall market and are not an indication of the performance of Fisher Investments. Not all forecasts may be as accurate as those in the past. Investing in securities involves the risk of loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.