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Risk spillovers between FinTech and traditional financial institutions: Evidence from the U.S.

Li, J., Li, J., Zhu, X. , Yao, Y. & Casu, B. ORCID: 0000-0003-3586-328X (2020). Risk spillovers between FinTech and traditional financial institutions: Evidence from the U.S.. International Review of Financial Analysis, 71, 101544. doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2020.101544


In this paper, we propose a novel approach to examine the risk spillovers between FinTech firms and traditional financial institutions, during a time of fast technological advances. Based on the stock returns of U.S. financial and FinTech institutions, we estimate pairwise risk spillovers by using the Granger causality test across quantiles. We consider the whole distribution: the left tail (bearish case), the right tail (bullish case) and the center of the distribution and construct three types of spillover networks (downside-to-downside, upside-toupside, and center-to-center) and obtain network-based spillover indicators. We find that linkages in the network are stronger in the bearish case when the risk of spillover is higher. FinTech institutions’ risk spillover to financial institutions positively correlates with financial institutions’ increase in systemic risk. These results have important policy implications, as they underscore the importance of enhancing the supervision and regulation of FinTech companies, to maintain financial stability.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Financial technology (FinTech); Financial Risk; Risk spillover; Systemic risk; Financial stability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
Text - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

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