Intermediary Asset Pricing and the Financial Crisis
"Intermediary asset pricing'' understands asset prices and risk premia through the lens of frictions in financial intermediation. Perhaps motivated by phenomena in the financial crisis, intermediary asset pricing has been one of the fastest growing areas of research in finance. This article explains the theory behind intermediary asset pricing and in particular how it is different from other approaches to asset pricing. The article also covers selective empirical evidence in favor of intermediary asset pricing.
Prepared for the Annual Review of Financial Economics. We thank Ravi Jagannathan, Wenhao Li, Jiacui Li, Tyler Muir and an anonymous reviewer for comments. Chloe Peng provided excellent research assistance. There are no financial support to acknowledge. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.