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Sukuk and bond dynamics in relation to exchange rate

Syed Mabruk Billah (Department of Accounting and Finance, College of Business Administration, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia)
Thi Thu Ha Nguyen (School of Economics and Finance, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Md Iftekhar Hasan Chowdhury (School of Economics and Finance, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)

International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management

ISSN: 1753-8394

Article publication date: 7 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to contribute by expanding the existing literature on Sukuk return and volatility and exploring the implications of the Sukuk-exchange rate interactions.

Design/methodology/approach

This study examines the dynamic interactions of Sukuk with exchange rate in 15 countries, employing the Wavelet approach that considers both time and investment horizons.

Findings

The results reveal significant evolving coherence of Sukuk return and volatility with the underlying exchange rate. The relationship is more potent than what this study witnesses in their counterpart bond market. For Sukuk returns, the coherence is negative, whereas it is positive for volatility. Notably, the coherence is strong in the medium to long term and intensifies during extreme economic episodes, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings are further validated by comparing firm-level matched data for Sukuk and conventional bond.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study that reports the dynamic relationship of Sukuk return and volatility with the underlying exchange rate in 15 countries. Collectively, this study unites valuable insights for faith-based active Islamic investors and cross-border portfolio managers.

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Citation

Billah, S.M., Nguyen, T.T.H. and Chowdhury, M.I.H. (2022), "Sukuk and bond dynamics in relation to exchange rate", International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMEFM-01-2022-0024

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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