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Financial Regulations and Technological Innovations: Implications of FinTech for the Key Stakeholders


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

Guest editors

Artie Ng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
Julapa Jagtiani, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, U.S.
David Llewellyn, Loughborough University, UK
Max von Zedtwitz, GLORAD, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Aims and scope

There has been a growing interest around the world in the development of FinTech, digitalization, artificial intelligence and big data as well as such impact on the financial services industry. FinTech has the potential to transform many aspects of banking and the financial services industry.  In response to this development, financial regulators have been considering adapting their supervisory approaches and mechanisms while embracing the technological innovation possibilities in the development of new FinTech products and services.
There have been few studies so far with focus on the antecedents and consequences of FinTech, resulting in uncertainty of the sustainability of the global financial markets that have only recently revived from its previous financial crisis across the borders.  In the meantime, many venture capitalists are pursuing the opportunity to disrupt the financial services industry through investing in technological innovation whereas traditional banks could be under pressure to step up their digitalization of financial services in light of competitions and potential new entrants. Customers, as another group of key stakeholders, are seemingly posed to receive alleged benefits associated with FinTech.

The financial industry is increasingly involved in the development of the technologies underpinning these trends. At the same time, the technologies enable traditional customers and users of financial services to disintermediate the financial value chain and threaten the status quo of financial market incumbents. R&D of innovative products and services created under FinTech also requires careful attention with respect to ethical issues and responsible performance embedded in these new technologies.
This Special Issue aims to explore the recent initiatives in the development of FinTech and such implications for the stakeholders, namely traditional financial institutions, venture capitalists, customers, potential new entrants and regulators.  An interdisciplinary approach for investigating the issues pertinent to FinTech is encouraged through empirical method, case study and policy review, etc.  The editors invite papers from scholars, policy makers and practitioners on the following main topics.

-    Implications of FinTech for traditional financial institutions and their stakeholders.
-     How FinTech might transform the banking and the financial services industry
-    Regulations and compliance of new FinTech products and services.
-    The enhanced role of Global Financial Centres, such as New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore in the development of FinTech.
-    R&D management and innovation of FinTech technologies.
-    Disruptive technologies and their integrity with respect to the global financial system.
-    Potentials of blockchain technology and cryptocurreny, etc.
-    Ethical issues associated with various FinTech products and services.
-    ESG and sustainability issues related to FinTech development.
-    Implications of FinTech for professionals in financial services, including, accounting, banking and insurance, etc.
-    Institutional theories for regulator and regulated financial institutions in dealing with FinTech
-    Performance of new FinTech ventures. 
-     Regulation of new FinTech ventures
-    Readiness and suitability of existing financial regulatory architectures in various jurisdictions for regulating FinTech.
-    The roles of big data, alternative information, and advanced analytical tools such as ML and AI in the FinTech lending space.
-    Potential disruptions and challenges faced by traditional institutions.
-     Opportunities for partnership between FinTech enterprises and existing banks and financial firms

The editors encourage the submission of papers that examine these topics from an interdisciplinary, international and/or comparative perspective.

Submission Process

Papers should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jfrc , to the Special Issue “Financial Regulations and Technological Innovations: Implications of FinTech for the Key Stakeholders.”  To facilitate blind review, names and other identifying information should be redacted from the submitted paper.Articles should be between 6,000 and 8000 words in length including references and appendices.  Before submitting your paper, please follow the author guidelines stated here. Deadline for submission of papers is 31st August, 2018.

For queries, please email to the following guest editors, Artie Ng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (spartie@speed-polyu.edu.hk); Julapa Jagtiani, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (Julapa.Jagtiani@phil.frb.org); David Llewellyn, Loughborough University (D.T.Llewellyn@lboro.ac.uk) and Max von Zedtwitz, GLORAD, Kaunas University of Technology University (Max.Zedtwitz@ktu.lt).