Dr Yichao Zhu

yichao zhu


Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics

Senior Lecturer
Phone number
+61 2 612 50776
Room 4.05, CBE Bld (26C)
Research areas

Asset pricing; Short selling; Fixed income; Financial institutions.


Yichao Zhu is a Senior Lecturer of Finance.  Yichao’s research centres on asset pricing, in particular, its application to short selling, fixed income, idiosyncratic volatility, options pricing and financial institutions. Specific examples of his work include the price efficiency impacts of short-selling in the U.S. corporate bond market, especially in light of post-crisis regulatory reforms. Yichao’s work on the too-big-too-fail issue has led to collaborations focused on quantifying changes in the likelihood of big U.S. bank holding companies being bailed out at insolvency. His idiosyncratic stock return volatility study investigates the strong co-movement of idiosyncratic volatilities across the market. Yichao’s research has featured in the internationally renowned outlet Management Science.

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Research publications


Why Do Option Prices Predict Stock Returns? The Role of Price Pressure in the Stock Market”, with Luis Goncalves-Pinto, Bruce D. Grundy, Allaudeen Hameed and Thijs van der Heijden, forthcoming, Management Science

Working Papers

"The Decline of Too Big to Fail" with Antje Berndt and Darrell Duffie

"Across-the-Curve Credit Spread Indices" with Antje Berndt and Darrell Duffie

Dealer Inventory, Short Interest and Price Efficiency in the Corporate Bond Market” with Antje Berndt

A Multi-Factor Model of Idiosyncratic Volatility”, with Thijs van der Heijden and Qi Zeng

Long-term Performance and Return Reversal Properties of the Idiosyncratic Volatility Puzzle

Research grants and awards


2016 INQUIRE Europe Research Award

2015 Best PhD Paper Award, Auckland Finance Meeting