The Pandemic (COVID-19) and Banking, SMEs, and Individuals

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 1023

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Department of Computerized Financial and Banking Science, Palestine Technical University–Kadoorie, Tulkarm 973000, Palestine
Interests: financial inclusion; financial services; banking; SMEs

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Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Mihintale 50300, Sri Lanka
Interests: SMEs; development economics; social capital

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Higher Institute for Administrative Development, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria
Interests: bank profitability; liquidity creation; bank risk; corporate governance

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College of Finance and Statistics, Hunan Agriculture University, Changsha 410000, China
Interests: development economics; banking; financial management; financial services

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Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, LA 94720, USA
Interests: small business lending; bank mergers and acquisitions; banking; business conditions; consumer spending; unemployment and inflation; federal reserve monetary policy and interest rates; credit union failures and losses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The current pandemic creates new challenges for central banks, banks, financial services providers, SMEs, and individuals. According to this challenge, each entity is looking to deal with this pandemic to achieve its goals. Where central banks looking to develop the regulations and rules to achieve stability in economics and decrease the risks. Further, banks and other financial services providers aim to enhance their performance and decrease risks. While, SMEs, typically suffer from less financial chances, facing high risks, and fewer chances to use new technologies according to their capital and employment ability. Therefore, SMEs have faced more challenges during the shutdown in the current pandemic, such as sales decline, finding supply sources, thus, developing their business. Moreover, individuals as demand side for the financial services, looking to enhance their living, cover the daily needs and reach to the financial sources.

The aims of this call, to find out how the economic entities (central banks, banks, financial services providers, SMEs, and individuals) dealing with the current pandemic. Therefore, bring experience and lessons from the world after one year from this pandemic.  Moreover, how these entities achieve their targets and developing their business by using online financial services.  Thus, developing a future agenda that could help policymakers to draw their country agenda to decreases risks and achieve economic stability.  Researchers, policymakers, and financial institutions could have benefited from this call, according to sharing the experience and lessons among the economies. 

Dr. Fadi Shihadeh
Dr. Sisira Kumara Naradda Gamage
Dr. Ahmad Sahyouni
Dr. Bo Liu
Prof. Dr. James A. Wilcox
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  • online banking
  • financial inclusion
  • SMEs financing
  • online banking
  • banking services
  • SMEs financing
  • financial institutions
  • fintech
  • financial sustainability
  • banking profitability
  • E-banking practices/case studies
  • banking investment
  • green finance
  • financial regulations and rules
  • Islamic finance and banking
  • social capital and SME financing
  • family business sustainability
  • Covid-19 and credit risk
  • banking risks among crises
  • fintech and banking risk

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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