Special Issue "Sustainable Financial Markets II"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

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Dear Colleagues,

After the success of the first volume, the Special Issue on Sustainable Financial Markets II aims to discuss new developments, methods and applications on the sustainability of financial markets. Sustainability is a celebrated topic in the disciplines of business ethics and environmental economics. The preceding Special Issue on Sustainable Financial Markets covered a number of issues related to sustainable banking practices, stock market integration, sustainable customer satisfaction, sustainable stock indices, socially responsible portfolios, investments in climate change solutions, etc. The second volume offers a new opportunity to discuss these and related topics, by examining how sustainable value can be added to firms and society through an analysis of sustainable financial markets and investments.


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Dr. Francisco Guijarro
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  • sustainable investments
  • sustainable banking
  • socially responsible funds
  • algorithmic trading

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The Correlation Analysis of Futures Pricing Mechanism in China’s Carbon Financial Market
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7317; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187317 - 07 Sep 2020
China, taking the concept of sustainable development as the premise, puts forward Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in response to climate change. In this context, with the purpose of seeking solutions to a carbon financial market pricing [...] Read more.
China, taking the concept of sustainable development as the premise, puts forward Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in response to climate change. In this context, with the purpose of seeking solutions to a carbon financial market pricing mechanism to build China’s carbon finance market actively and thus achieving the goal of sustainable development, this paper, based on the autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model, established a carbon price prediction model for the carbon financial market, and studied the relationship between Certified Emission Reduction (CER) futures prices and spot prices, as well as the relationship between European Union allowances (EUA) futures prices and CER futures prices in an empirical manner. In this paper, EUA and CER futures prices of the European Climate Exchange (ECX) and EUA and CER spot prices of the BlueNext Environmental Exchange were selected as research objects. Granger causality test, co-integration test, and ECM were used to form a progressive econometric analysis framework. The results show that firstly, the ARIMA model can effectively predict carbon futures prices; secondly, CER futures prices cannot guide spot price, and the futures pricing function does not play a role in this market; thirdly, EUA futures price can, in the short term, effectively guide the trend of CER futures prices, with the futures pricing function between the two markets. In the long run, however, the future pricing function of the two markets is not obvious. Therefore, great differences among maturity of the two markets, degree of policy influence, and market share lead to the failure of long-run futures pricing functions. Full article
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