International Finance and Banking

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EISSN : 2374-2089
Current Publisher: Macrothink Institute, Inc. (10.5296)
Total articles ≅ 73
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John Mylonakis
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i2.17943

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Mike Adu-Gyamfi
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i2.17710

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Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i2.18107

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International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i1.15582

Many studies have been done on the impact of Foreign Direct Investment on economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries, however there is a lack of empirical studies of FDI impact on poverty reduction in South Africa which is the second largest FDI recipients of one of the poorest regions in the world (sub Saharan Africa). We used time series data from 1990 to 2017 with the ARDL method to evaluate the impact of FDI Inflow on HDI in the country. The results show that FDI inflow has no significant impact on HDI both in the short run and long run on the country. This result is consistent with findings reported in the literature.
Nisreen Mohammed Said Almaleeh
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i1.16865

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Adjei Gyamfi Gyimah , Annette Serwaa Agyeman, Solomon Adu-Asare
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i1.15753

Microfinance institutions contribute significantly to the development of a country, and many of these institutions are found in most developing countries including Ghana. However, many challenges have been alleged to stifle the efforts of microfinance companies in their attempt to make their all-important contribution to the development of nations. This study explored the effect of operational flaws on the performance of microfinance institutions in Ghana. The results discovered flaws and challenges associated with the operations of the MFIs in many areas including corporate governance, credit risk management, credit administration, regulatory challenges, and training programs. The study also revealed that such flaws and challenges do harm the overall performance of the MFIs. Based on the findings, it is recommended that MFIs put in place a well-composed and resourceful credit committee to perform the duty of credit risk management in the institutions. The institutions could also reduce their interest rates to encourage their clients to apply for more loans. Lastly, it is recommended that the MFIs take all necessary steps to ensure that they reduce the flaws and challenges they face to mitigate the negative impact of such deficiencies on their performance.
Ly Phuong Tran, Binh Thi Thanh Dao
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i1.16436

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Mohammad Niaz Morshed, Sardar Md Humayun Kabir , Muhibbullah, Rafia Afroz , Fadhilah Binti Abdullah Asuhaimi
International Finance and Banking, Volume 7; doi:10.5296/ifb.v7i1.15710

Corporate governance is the system by which organizations are directed, monitored and controlled. It is an oversight mechanism to ensure the management team efficiently allocates the organizational resources, so as to protect the interest of shareholders and stakeholders. There is a need for good corporate governance practice to stabilize the performance of financial institutions. This study investigated the influence of corporate governance in banking performance. Panel data analysis has been conducted for the top nine public and private commercial banks operating in Bangladesh for a period of 2009 to 2017. Board size, structure of internal audit committee and capital adequacy ratio were being taken as independent variables to measure the effects of corporate governance whereas return on asset, return on equity and earnings per share were being taken as dimensions for measuring bank performance. Correlation and regression analysis techniques were being used to examine the relationships between corporate governance practices and bank performance. The results indicated that CAR has the greater impact on Bank performance. The information derived from this study can be valuable and will help to enhance the understanding of the governing bodies of financial institutions for accelerating banking performance.
International Finance and Banking, Volume 6; doi:10.5296/ifb.v6i2.16035

This study aims to compare the financial performance between Islamic and conventional banks listed at Kuwait stock exchange over the period 2011-2018 using the modified DuPont model of financial analysis which is based on the analysis of return on equity (ROE). Unlike previous studies where researchers compared the performance on a bank-to-bank basis, this study examines the aggregate ratios of Islamic banks and compare it to aggregate ratios of conventional banks. The study also adds volatility into the model since consistency in returns indicated a more stable sector. Results obtained from this study showed that conventional banks in Kuwait had a better mean performance during the study period in terms of both return on assets (ROA) and return in equity (ROE), Islamic banks also showed a higher deviation in these two ratios resulting in a lower Sharpe ratio. While the results showed no statistically significant mean difference between Islamic and conventional banks in terms of return on assets (ROA), the results also showed a statistically significant difference in mean return on equity (ROE) between the two sub-sectors. On the other hand, Islamic banks showed an impressive improvement in their ratios during the last three years of the study period which impose a real threat to conventional banks in the future.
International Finance and Banking, Volume 6; doi:10.5296/ifb.v6i2.14928

This paper investigate whether macroeconomics indicators influences stock price behavior in Nigerian stock market, using an annual time series data spanning from 1985-2015. The study employed some econometric tools such as Augmented Dicker Fuller (ADF) Unit Root test, Johansen’s co integration test, Vector Error Correction Model (VECM) to analyze the variables of interest. The study found out that Money Supply (MS) has an inverse but statistically significant influence on stock prices in Nigerian stock market also Treasury Bill Rate (TBR) has an inverse and statistically insignificant influence on stock market prices. While on the other hand, Market Capitalization (MCAP) has a positive and statistically significant influence on stock prices while Exchange Rate (EXR) has positive but statistically insignificant relationship with stock prices in the Nigerian Stock Market. In view of the above, the study recommends amongst others that monetary authorities should try as much as possible to implement sound macroeconomic policies that would enhance stock market growth and development in Nigeria.
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