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Exposure to interbank investment and financing risk by Islamic banks: a dynamic panel analysis of Malaysia


  • Mohammad Taqiuddin Mohamad
  • Ahmad Azam Sulaiman
  • Meguellati Achour


Purpose - The Government of Malaysia has developed an Islamic Interbank Money Market since January 1994 with the objective to facilitate funding for the Islamic banking sector in the country. This platform also enables Islamic banks to obtain Sharīʿah-compliant funds from other Islamic banks. This study aims to examine the effects of interbank investment and financing risk on the financing decisions of Malaysia’s Islamic banks between 1994 and 2015. The financing decisions are used as financing measures to determine the effect of investing in the interbank market and financing risk indicators on financing. Design/methodology/approach - The descriptive, correlation and dynamic panel analysis results are derived with the help of LIMDEP 9.0 software. Findings - The study found a negative relationship between the interbank investment variable with the financing decisions of Islamic banks. This reflects that an increase in interbank investment leads Islamic banks to reduce their level of financing. These findings prove that the investment activities between Islamic banks had a “substitution effect” and decreased their capability of financing because of their tendency to maintain liquidity. Originality/value - Islamic banks are confident that they will generate higher profits in the coming financial year. The economic conditions of Malaysia do not influence Islamic banks’ financing decisions, whereas Islamic banks in this study are more dependent on the balance sheet indicators.

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  • Mohammad Taqiuddin Mohamad & Ahmad Azam Sulaiman & Meguellati Achour, 2020. "Exposure to interbank investment and financing risk by Islamic banks: a dynamic panel analysis of Malaysia," International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, vol. 14(1), pages 1-15, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:imefmp:imefm-11-2017-0289
    DOI: 10.1108/IMEFM-11-2017-0289

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