Market Liquidity: Asset Pricing, Risk, and Crises (Paperback)
  • Market Liquidity: Asset Pricing, Risk, and Crises (Paperback)

Market Liquidity: Asset Pricing, Risk, and Crises (Paperback)

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Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 12/11/2012
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This book presents the theory and evidence on the effect of market liquidity and liquidity risk on asset prices and on overall securities market performance. Illiquidity means incurring a high transaction cost, which includes a large price impact when trading and facing a long time to unload a large position. Liquidity risk is higher if a security becomes more illiquid when it needs to be traded in the future, which will raise trading cost. The book shows that higher illiquidity and greater liquidity risk reduce securities prices and raise the expected return that investors require as compensation. Aggregate market liquidity is linked to funding liquidity, which affects the provision of liquidity services. When these become constrained, there is a liquidity crisis which leads to downward price and liquidity spiral. Overall, the volume demonstrates the important role of liquidity in asset pricing.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521139656
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 229 x 17 x 152 mm

'These authors were writing and teaching about the importance of understanding liquidity way before we all learned more about it than we cared to. They have made major contributions to understanding the real, not purely theoretical, world that investors face every day. Gathering their seminal work in one place along with updated perspectives and overviews is a serious contribution.' Cliff Asness, AQR Capital Management
'Over the past quarter century, the research contributions of Amihud, Mendelson, and Pedersen have been central to an understanding of the determinants and pricing of market liquidity and liquidity risk. This collection places the best available work on the topic between two covers. It must be read by anyone following this subject area.' Darrell Duffie, Stanford University
'The liquidity of financial markets has never been a more important topic of research and policy and this book gives a very accessible way to understand both the traditional and current research. The book reproduces eight papers that range from the seminal work that defined the field starting in the 1980s to the recent research based on the analysis of the financial crisis. A particular feature of the book is the series of extended introductions to each of the papers, written nontechnically to summarize each paper and how it fits into future research - they will transport you to a first rate graduate classroom.' Robert Engle, Nobel Laureate and Director, Volatility Institute, New York University
'The term 'market liquidity' means different things to different people at different times. Distinguishing, defining, and measuring the different meanings is an important activity, especially now, after four years of financial crises. This collection of scientific papers by eminent scholars is an important contribution to understanding market frictions and arrangements to manage them.' Thomas Sargent, Nobel Laureate, New York University
'The authors have made substantial contributions in microstructure, and especially in the understanding of liquidity, for years. This collection of their best articles on liquidity is particularly timely given the growing realization of the macro pathology caused by a financial-crisis-induced recession. They present strong evidence that a liquidity spiral hurts post-recession real investment.' David Whitcomb, author of Securities Market Microstructure and Founder, Automated Trading Desk

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