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VaR and market value of Fintech companies: an analysis and evidence from global data

Khakan Najaf (Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)
Christophe Schinckus (Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia)
Liew Chee Yoong (UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Article publication date: 23 December 2020

Issue publication date: 29 June 2021




This study aims at determining the portfolio value at risk (VAR) and market value of Fintech firms and compare it with their counterparts.


By using on a dataset from 46 countries between 2009 and 2018, the authors use five measures of VaR to investigate their empirical dynamics in relation with the market value of Fintech and non-Fintech companies.


The empirical results indicate that Fintech firms' portfolios have a higher financial risk and a higher market value in comparison to non-fintech firms' portfolios. Furthermore, the authors also report that the Fintech firm portfolios experience more financial risk regardless of the holding period as long-term (one year) or short-term (quarter).

Research limitations/implications

There are some limitations in this research. This research does not segregate Fintech firms into their different types of services, such as direct financial investment services, loan provision services, insurance services (InsurTech), etc. The authors only aggregate the Fintech firms by country and region. Future research may consider analysing Fintech firms by differentiating the kind of financial services they offer

Practical implications

Given the importance of their market value, the results imply that Fintech companies might contribute significantly to financial fluctuations in case of large variations of the market. In terms of policy recommendation, this observation requires a particular attention from the regulatory bodies who need to find the best economic balance between promoting innovation/financial technology and regulating the Fintech companies.


This paper is the first study clarifying the relation of financial risk and market value for the Fintech firms, using the large enough database to obtain significant results. This article implies that Fintech companies require a robust risk management framework



Najaf, K., Schinckus, C. and Chee Yoong, L. (2021), "VaR and market value of Fintech companies: an analysis and evidence from global data", Managerial Finance, Vol. 47 No. 7, pp. 915-936.



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