Print ISSN: 2204-1990

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Volume 25, Issue 1

Volume 25, Issue 1, Summer and Autumn 2019


Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Finance

Camelia S. Ferrua Rotaru, Ph.D.

Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, 2019, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 1-13

With the move toward sustainability on the rise, significant challenges and opportunities arise as investors and analysts attempt to evaluate how companies incorporate ESG factors in their strategies in order to generate long-term competitive financial returns with positive societal impact. Since the current businesses landscape and reporting environment provides for limited, voluntary disclosures on ESG issues and rewards short-term performance, management is often reluctant to reallocate capital toward long-term sustainability goals and investors struggle to evaluate the impact of ESG factors on performance. Boards of directors are, therefore, uniquely positioned to develop and enact longterm business visions that clearly articulate the role that ESG factors play in the business and align current business performance with long-term sustainable finance factors. This would allow management to execute and forecast against objectives that address the strategic guidance given for the business and also provide a clearer sense of direction to analysts and investors as they evaluate the financial impact of ESG considerations.

Insolvency Reforms in India: Policy and Economic Implications

Shinu Vig

Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, 2019, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 14-29

The Indian government introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India (IBC) in 2016 as reforms in insolvency and bankruptcy laws are crucial for improving the business environment and credit markets in India. The banking sector of India has been marred for long by the problem of Non-performing-Assets (NPAs), and many of its largest companies are struggling under massive debts. The main objective of the new law was to facilitate insolvency resolution and liquidation in a timely manner and to improve India’s ranking in the ‘ease of doing business’ index. This paper highlights the importance of insolvency reform in the economic policy of any country, while it examines the insolvency regime in India under the IBC with respect to its prospects and challenges and implications of the Code for the Indian corporate sector. Thus, the paper contributes to the policy debate relating to this subject.

Estimating entrepreneurial risk in Russian small and medium-sized enterprises

Iuliia S. Pinkovetskaia, Elena A. Sverdlikova, Anton V. Lebedev

Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, 2019, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 30-43

Identifying risks is essential to ensure the efficiency of activities of small and medium-sized enterprises who are most exposed to the effects of risks due to limited resources and their structural features. The purpose of this study was to define the levels of entrepreneurial risk prevailing in recent years in Russian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The study used data from the official statistical collection of activities of all Russian enterprises for the period 2015 to 2017, representing 82 Russian regions and thirteen types of economic activity. The highest level of acceptable entrepreneurial risk was observed in the trade industry. The highest level of critical entrepreneurial risk was observed in enterprises specializing in the production and distribution of electricity, gas and water, and in mining. The highest level of catastrophic risk was observed in enterprises specializing in building and construction, transport and communications, and in wholesale and retail trade. These results could be of interest to entrepreneurs when choosing the type of sectors to engage in, and to policymakers in supporting enterprises in particular economic sectors of Russia. This paper aims to contribute to the scholarly debate on the establishment of levels of entrepreneurial risk.

Do seasonal anomalies still persist? Empirical evidence post-global financial crisis

Muskan Kaur, Dinesh Jaisinghani , Mahesh Ramalingam

Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government, 2019, Volume 25, Issue 1, Pages 44-65

The present study examines the presence of seasonal anomalies and volatility clustering in the Malaysian securities market in the post-global financial crisis period. An analysis has been performed for 11 different broad and sectoral indices of the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange. The time frame of one decade post the global financial crisis, that is, from 2009 to 2018, has been chosen for the empirical analysis. The results provide strong support for the existence of the presence of the day-of-theweek effect and the trading-month effect for the Malaysian market. However, there is weak evidence supporting the month-of-the-year effect. The results further highlight significant volatility clustering for the Malaysian market. Moreover, it is also observed that negative shocks generate higher volatility in the Malaysian market, as compared to positive shocks. The overall results confirm that the Malaysian market is not weak-form efficient in the post-global financial crisis period.