Special Issue "Financial Technology (Fintech) and Sustainable Financing"

A special issue of Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074). This special issue belongs to the section "Financial Technology and Innovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Sisira R.N. Colombage
Guest Editor
Federation Business School, Federation University Australia, Berwick VIC 3806, Australia
Interests: corporate finance; corporate governance; banking; capital markets; financial technology (FinTec)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent advancement of blockchain technology and digital innovations has become a driving force for the transformation and development of the global financial system. In a relatively short period, the emergence of a new generation of Financial Technology (Fintech) has greatly impacted financial markets, investments and asset management while changing traditional practices and the future of finance. The use of financial technology has especially been pivotal during the current COVID-19 pandemic in unlocking new sources of financing as well as developing a platform for business organisations to interact with stakeholders and other businesses.

This Special Issue aims to invite researchers to present their creative thoughts and outstanding works on blockchain technology, digital currencies, cryptocurrency markets, innovative investment portfolios and sustainability-driven financing. Contents of the Special Issue will mainly focus on theoretical analyses and empirical explorations on the synergy between finance and technology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. The use of Artificial Intelligence in Robo-advising and the development of stock trading apps
2. The impact of Fintech on the Finance profession
3. Cryptocurrency as an alternative investment
4. Digital payment systems and buy now pay later services
5. Crowdfunding platforms
6. Peer to peer lending
7. Digital banking and the future of banking systems
8. Mobile payment technology
9. The use of blockchain technology in building financial market infrastructure
10. Green finance & sustainable development
11. Green banking & products
12. Green investing

Prof. Dr. Sisira R.N. Colombage
Guest Editor

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  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Digital payment
  • Investment management
  • Fintech research
  • Crowdfunding
  • Regtech
  • Insurtech
  • Virtual banking
  • BNPL systems
  • Cryptomarket
  • Financial stability
  • Sustainable funds
  • Green bonds
  • Impact investing
  • Green banking

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Does the Hashrate Affect the Bitcoin Price?
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2020, 13(11), 263; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm13110263 - 30 Oct 2020
This paper investigates the relationship between the bitcoin price and the hashrate by disentangling the effects of the energy efficiency of the bitcoin mining equipment, bitcoin halving, and of structural breaks on the price dynamics. For this purpose, we propose a methodology based [...] Read more.
This paper investigates the relationship between the bitcoin price and the hashrate by disentangling the effects of the energy efficiency of the bitcoin mining equipment, bitcoin halving, and of structural breaks on the price dynamics. For this purpose, we propose a methodology based on exponential smoothing to model the dynamics of the Bitcoin network energy efficiency. We consider either directly the hashrate or the bitcoin cost-of-production model (CPM) as a proxy for the hashrate, to take any nonlinearity into account. In the first examined subsample (01/08/2016–04/12/2017), the hashrate and the CPMs were never significant, while a significant cointegration relationship was found in the second subsample (11/12/2017–24/02/2020). The empirical evidence shows that it is better to consider the hashrate directly rather than its proxy represented by the CPM when modeling its relationship with the bitcoin price. Moreover, the causality is always unidirectional going from the bitcoin price to the hashrate (or its proxies), with lags ranging from one week up to six weeks later. These findings are consistent with a large literature in energy economics, which showed that oil and gas returns affect the purchase of the drilling rigs with a delay of up to three months, whereas the impact of changes in the rig count on oil and gas returns is limited or not significant. Full article
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