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Influence of virtual currency development and investor attention on financial stocks’ value: evidence from selected Asian equity markets

Ming Torng Ang (Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Yee Peng Chow (Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 2 June 2022

Issue publication date: 9 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of virtual currency (VC) development on financial stocks’ value in selected Asian equity markets and the moderating role of investor attention on this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

The pooled ordinary least squares regression is used on a sample of 138 listed financial firms from four emerging Asian countries for the period 2016–2020.

Findings

This study finds that changes in VC values have greater spillover effects on the values of financial stocks in countries which do not recognize the legitimacy of VCs than in countries which do, due to the lack of breadth and depth of the former markets. Moreover, this paper also reports evidence of the greater moderating role of investor attention on this relationship in countries which do not recognize the legitimacy of VCs than in countries which do.

Originality/value

Although numerous studies have been conducted on the influence of VCs on stock performance, majority of these studies did not distinguish whether the sample countries being studied actually recognize the legitimacy of VC transactions or not. Moreover, extant literature has not considered the moderating role of investor attention on this relationship. It is the aim of this study to address these research voids by using a refined three-factor theory model of capital asset pricing model incorporating VCs to better represent stock performance in the digital economy era.

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Citation

Ang, M.T. and Chow, Y.P. (2023), "Influence of virtual currency development and investor attention on financial stocks’ value: evidence from selected Asian equity markets", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 96-125. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRC-01-2022-0007

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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