For a publishing house, associated with the name of Leo Tolstoy see Intermediary (publisher)

An intermediary (or go-between) is a third party that offers intermediation services between two trading parties. The intermediary acts as a conduit for goods or services offered by a supplier to a consumer. Typically the intermediary offers some added value to the transaction that may not be possible by direct trading.

Common usage includes the insurance and financial services industry where mortgage brokers, insurance broker, and financial advisers offer intermediation services in the supply of financial products such as mortgage loans, insurance, and investment products.

In barter, an intermediary is a person or group who stores valuables in trade until they are needed, parties to the barter or others have space available to take delivery of them and store them, or until other conditions are met. In a larger sense, an intermediary can be a person or organization who or which facilitates a contract between two other parties.

The Internet is creating a transparent awareness on the threats and opportunities available to automate intermediaries in many industries - see Disintermediation.

Types of Intermediaries

Intermediaries can be classified as merchant intermediaries or as accountant intermediaries.

In innovation, Innovation Intermediaries facilitate and broker the interactions of producers, users necessary to build markets and turn inventions into successful innovation. This is intermediary role can played by government agencies, consultants, etc.

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