Master of Science in Finance Program at Chulalongkorn Business School combines theory and practice with the latest industry perspectives to deliver in-depth knowledge in extensive fields of finance. We prepare our graduates to be impactful leaders in financial industry worldwide.

MSF Chula?

  • Classes are taught by world-renowned experts in financial field: A-list faculty, visiting professors from world class universities, and active professionals in finance and banking sector
  • Internationally recognized global learning
  • Breakthrough curriculum to accelerate career in finance
  • Opportunities to meet in persons with distinguished executives 
  • Flexible weekday or weekend schedules
  • Accredited by EPAS as well as Chulalongkorn Business School’s AACSB and EQUIS 
  • Broad portfolio of learning opportunities at partner universities around the world
“The program opens the door into the world of Finance, theoretically and practically. The funs and excitements will be waiting for you”
- Neramit Leewairoje (FX 1), Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Singapore
Open for Application 2024 from 1 Dec 2023 - 30 April 2024


MSF Chula is the Master of Science in Finance program, operating under the umbrella of the Department of Banking and Finance, Chulalongkorn Business School, Chulalongkorn University.
Established in October 1996, we are the first master’s degree program in Thailand that focuses on financial discipline and still continues to be one of the nation’s finest programs.

The mission of the program is to deliver frontier knowledge and skills through high quality academic and learning environment. We aim to encourage students to be innovative and take intellectual challenges in order to sharpen their understanding of financial issues. As well, we empower them to reach their true potential and excel as sustained leaders in the financial field.

In addition to AACSB and EQUIS accreditations granted to Chulalongkorn Business School that confirm our international-standard quality, Back in 2015, MSF Chula was the only master’s degree program in Thailand that has achieved the prestigious EPAS accreditation since February 17, 2015.

Together with EPAS, CBS has been accredited by EQUIS, which is an international program accreditation system developed by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). There are currently merely 100+ institutions worldwide that has been awarded EQUIS accreditation, a very few of which are finance program.

EQUIS accreditation process involves an in-depth assessment of the Program through international benchmarking, considering an extensive range of factors that include the Program’s strategy; academic rigor; international focus; quality of the student body, faculty, alumni, as well as their career progression.

Chulalongkorn Business School and the program’s achievement of obtaining EQUIS accreditation reflects our commitment to continuous improvement and dedication to excellence in financial education. For more details regarding the accreditation of Chulalongkorn Business School, please refer to


The MSF Advisory Board comprises both renowned academics and prominent executives. The Board is an important link between the Program and the business community. It advices on our strategic objectives and provides important inputs that contributes to the Program’s strength and future development.
Professor Russell Wermers, Prof.
Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Financial Policy

Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Sakorn Suksriwong, Prof.
Chairman of Executive Committee

King's College International School Bangkok
Susheel Narula
Investment Advisor

Hunters Investment
Win Udomrachtavanich, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

KTB Investment & Securities Co.,Ltd


MSF Program executive committees, appointed by Chulalongkorn Business School, oversee the Program policies and its effective operation.
Narapong Srivisal, Ph.D.
MSF Director
Assistant Professor of Finance
Anirut Pisedtasalasai, Ph.D.
MSF Associate Director
Associate Professor of Finance
Pornpitchaya Kuwalairat, Ph.D.
MSF Associate Director
Assistant Professor of Finance
Boonlert Jitmaneeroj
MSF Associate Director
Associate Professor of Finance
Tanakorn Likitapiwat, Ph.D.
MSF Associate Director
Assistant Professor of Finance
Jananya Sthienchoak, Ph.D.
MSF Committee and Secretary
Assistant Professor of Finance


MSF boasts an excellent faculty of leading scholars who earned their doctorate degrees from world-renowned universities and have wide-ranging expertise spanning all major areas of finance. Often working closely with leading professionals in financial field, our faculty members have strong connections with leaders in banking and financial industries.
Narapong Srivisal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Anirut Pisedtasalasai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pornpitchaya Kuwalairat, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tanakorn Likitapiwat, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Tanawit Sae-Sue, Ph.D.
Ruttachai Seelajaroen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Jananya Sthienchoak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Prapaporn Kiattikulwattana, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Thanyaluk Vichitsarawong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Boonlert Jitmaneeroj, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Kanis Saengchote, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Kanyarat Sanoran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Manapol Ekkayokkaya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Nathridee Suppakitjarak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pornanong Budsaratragoon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Roongkiat Ratanabanchuen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Sira Suchintabandid, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Suparatana Tanthanongsakkun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Thaisiri Watewai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Thitithep Sitthiyot, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Vimut Vanitcharearnthum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Visarut Sribunnak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Natchanont Komutputipong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Alisa Khuarunyasunthon
General Administrator
Chanthima Boonthueng
General Administrator


Jürgen Huber, Prof.
Head of the Department of Banking and Finance

University of Innsbruck Austria
Russell Wermers
Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Financial Policy

Smith School of Business, University of Maryland 
Steen Thomsen, Prof.
Professor of Enterprise, Foundations at the Center for Corporate Governance (CCG)

Copenhagen Business Sochool, Denmark
Nuttawat Visaltanachoti, Prof.
Dean's Chair in Finance

School of Economics and Finance, Massey University, New Zealand

Bruno R. Gerard DNB Chair Professor in Asset Management, Norwegian School of Management, Norway | Christian C.P. Wolff Professor of Finance, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg | Deborah Lucas Director of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA | Evangelos Vagenas-Nanos Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, University of Glasgow, Scotland | Hendrik Bessembinder Professor of Finance, Arizona State University, USA | Keng Yu-Ho Professor of Finance, National Taiwan University, Taiwan | Marc Paolella Professor of Empirical Finance, University of Zurich, Switzerland | Meir Statman Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Santa Clara University, USA | Michael J. Aitken Professor of Finance, Macquarie University, Australia | Morten Bennedsen Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark | Paul Embrechts Professor of Mathematics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland | Roger King Professor of Finance, Hong Kong University of Science and Techonology (HKUST) | Shawn Cole Professor of Finance, Harvard Business School, USA | Söhnke M. Bartram Professor of Finance, University of Warwick, England | Tony Kang Professor of Accounting, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA | Vidhan Goyal Chair Professor of Finance, Hong Kong University of Science and Techonology (HKUST) | Donald R. Chambers Professor of Finance, Lafayette College, USA


Sunti Tirapat Associate Professor of Finance, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) | Kridsda Nimmanunta Director of Professional MBA/MSc in Finanical Investment and Risk Management, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) | Nattawut Jenwittayaroje Director of the MSc in Financial Investment and Risk Management (MSc in FIRM) program, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) | Chonladet Khemarattana Chief Executive Officer, Fintech (Thailand) Co., Ltd. | Chatsularng Karnchanasai, The Bank of Thailand | Chattrin Laksanabunsong Head of 10X Project, Siam Commercial Bank | Kobsidthi Silpachai Head of Capital Markets Research, Kasikorn Bank | Kris Panijpan Managing Partner/Co-Founder, 9 Basil Co., Ltd. | Paritat Lerngutai Chief Financial Officer, Sri U-Thong Limited | Pasu Liptapanlop Director, Proud Real Estate Plc. | Pisit Jeungpraditphan Audit Committee Director & Independent Director, Mudman Public Company Limited | Ponladesh Poomimars, The Bank of Thailand | Sirinattha Techasiriwan | Somjin Sornpaisarn Chief Executive Officer, TMB Asset Management | Sopon Asawanuchit Managing Partner, Confidante Capital Co.,Ltd. | Sornchai Suneta First Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Segment, Siam Commercial Bank | Waraporn Prapasirikul Partner, Ernst & Young Office Limited | Yunyong Thaicharoen First Executive Vice President, Economic Intelligence Center, Siam Commercial Bank | Yuttapon Wittayapanitchagorn Executive Vice President, Fixed Income Investment Group, Investment Division SCB Securities Company Limited


FX 14
Chaiwat Sae-low
Trade credit with firms' life cycle: Evidence from Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)
This study examines how firms’ life cycle affects Trade credit including the recession period by using evidence from Stock Exchange Thailand (SET). The study has been performed during 2000 – 2020 with 253 listed firms. Regarding results, it suggested that the firm life cycle has a significant impact on AR and AP days, except for AP’s growth. During the recession period, AP days for the introduction and mature stage have no positive impact. The empirical also finds there are no significant levels for the introduction and mature stage of AR and AP days, which have a high level of market concentration during the recession period.
FX 16
Chalita Rammavas
The Relationship of Intangible Capital and ESG Score on Capital Structure: Evidence from Thailand
This study examines whether intangible capital influences capital
structure which influent to cost of debt. Moreover, this study also
analyzes more whether adding the effect of and ESG performance as risk
reduction together with intangible capital affect to capital structure by
using financial leverage and WACC cost of debt as the dependent
variable and using intangible capital and ESG performance as
independent variable.
The empirical results of this study show intangible capital and
financial leverage are not relevant under these equations. Moreover, they
also have no relationship between intangible capital and cost of debt, and
there is a 10% chance that the observed a negative relationship between
the companies which have the increase in intangible capital with the
higher ESG score and financial leverage due to random chance rather
than a true association. However, the interesting parts is when we focus
within firm, increasing in ESG score is associated with increasing in cost
of debt. These results are opposite to the primary expectation that ESG
score would reduce that risk. The backup information of these results is
mainly associated with Gonçalves, Dias et al. (2022) who concluded that
creditors believe that the sustainability activities with the borrower’s
firms are considered as a waste of a firms’ cost under the overinvestment
FX 14
Chawan Ratapana
Post-Earnings Announcement Drift in Thai REITs - A take from the recent pandemic
The research explores the information content of earnings announcements in REITs operating in a market with less stable rental incomes. By examining the presence of Post-Earnings-Announcement Drift (PEAD) in Thai REITs, this study contributes to existing literature and investigates changes in market efficiency for REITs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the Earnings Announcement Returns (EAR) method, the study analyzes abnormal returns through visual analysis and a trust/firm-level regression framework.
Findings indicate a PEAD effect as the baseline for abnormal returns in the local market, suggesting potential market inefficiencies. However, most variables in regression analysis do not significantly address the research questions, except for firm size and earnings surprise. The study finds that being a Thai REIT or Real Estate Operating Company (REOC) does not have a significant effect on the PEAD effect. Additionally, larger market capitalization in REITs/REOCs is associated with reduced PEAD or greater price efficiency. Comparing alternative models incorporating market-based surprise indicators, the study observes firm or trust size as a key explanatory variable, regardless of earnings surprises or market-based indicators. This suggests that information asymmetry is influenced by firm or trust size, with larger firms attracting more analyst coverage, leading to increased information efficiency and reduced PEAD effect.
Regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the study does not find significant evidence of a difference in the PEAD effect between the pre and post-COVID periods. Contrary to expectations, firms' market capitalization shows a slightly negative but highly significant coefficient. In summary, this study investigates the information content of earnings announcements in REITs and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on market efficiency. It provides insights into the PEAD effect, the role of firm size, and the limited influence of COVID-19 on REIT pricing. Further research could explore additional factors to gain a deeper understanding of market dynamics in the REIT context.
FT 26
Chayakon Kamolsawat
The analysis of enhanced momentum strategies in the Stock Exchange of Thailand
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of momentum strategies in investment
portfolios, a well-known anomaly in the efficient market hypothesis, by portfolio are constructed by long winners
and short losers. Specifically, the study focuses on the use of volatility to enhance momentum strategies in the
Stock Exchange of Thailand from January 2013 to December 2022. The enhanced momentum strategies under
investigation vary the portfolio weight with volatility and can be classified into constant volatility-scaled, constant
semi-volatility-scaled, and dynamic-scaled approaches. The research aims to achieve two main objectives. Firstly,
to analyze the potential of the enhanced momentum strategies by comparing the average return, the Sharpe ratio,
and maximum drawdown, while also taking into account transaction costs as proxied by round-trip costs.
Secondly, to examine the time-varying characteristics of these approaches and identify sub-periods within
momentum crashes, which are associated with consistent negative returns. These periods typically occur during
panic states following market declines and coincide with market rebounds. Additionally, asymmetry in bull and
bear markets is analyzed.
The findings of this study demonstrate that enhanced momentum strategies exhibit superior
performance compared to the standard momentum approach, both from a statistical and economic standpoint.
These volatility-managed portfolios effectively scale and time the volatility of the standard portfolio, leading to
improved returns and Sharpe ratio. Furthermore, the study highlights the emergence of a momentum crash in the
Thai stock market, commencing in early 2020. Even amidst market crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic,
certain enhanced strategies outperform the standard approach, particularly the dynamic approach. By considering
the expected return in its scaling, this dynamic approach enables the portfolio to achieve high profitability during
the momentum crash. Moreover, the study identifies that transaction costs are generally manageable, except for
some significant levels observed in the standard momentum approach.
Finally, this study reveals that momentum portfolios display asymmetry in their sensitivity between
bull and bear markets. These strategies tend to generate positive returns by aligning with the market during bullish
phases, while moving in the opposite direction during bearish phases. By holding a momentum portfolio during
a bullish market, investors can enjoy on the trend-following strategy. Conversely, during trend reversals, the
sensitivity or risk automatically decreases. This decrease in sensitivity during trend reversals can be interpreted
as an inherent risk management mechanism embedded within momentum portfolios. Throughout the sample
period, these momentum strategies demonstrate a consistent characteristic, except during the crisis period. During
this period, all momentum strategies exhibit significantly high sensitivity. However, the market's severe impact
caused by the pandemic introduces changes in the characteristic of momentum portfolios, leading to a momentum
crash and causing negative results and heightened volatility.
FX 16
Chotiwat Kumhang
The Impact of Perceived Corruption Levels in Public Sector on Stock Market Development
Most of the empirical studies that analyze the impact of corruption on the
economy suggest that corruption is a serious obstacle against economic growth.
However, it is ambiguous whether corruption has negative effect on the financial
sector, especially stock market development. Thus, the first objective of this paper
is to reexamine the relationship between corruption and stock market development.
Furthermore, several previous literatures argue that democracy potentially mitigates
the negative effect of corruption on economic growth. By this argument, the second
goal of this paper is to investigate whether democracy has influence on mitigating
the negative impact of corruption from stock market development. This study
employs the Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimator for regression
analysis of cross-counties panel data, covering 10 years period from 2011 to 2020.
Corruption is found to have significant and positive effect on stock market
development in terms of size. Additionally, it is found that the influence of
democracy on corruption is significant and positive to stock market growth. When
stock market liquidity is used as a proxy of stock market development, it is found
that corruption has no significant effect on stock market development. Moreover,
democracy is found to have no significant influence on the relationship between
corruption and stock market development.
FT 24
Disayadej Dangdej
The impact of government response to COVID-19 on stock return predictability
Recession is known to cause an increase in stock return predictability. The COVID19 pandemics had not only resulted in sickness and loss of life but also plunged global economy into recession prompting governments to come up with measures to combat the disease. This paper first confirms that return predictability increased due the spread of COVID19 using data from 41 countries on variations of popular predictors. Furthermore, it shows that government responses to COVID-19 alleviated the pandemic, the recession and reduced the return predictability with varying impact for different government measures. However, cases and deaths from COVID-19 which should have intensified the recession were found to have an insignificant impact on the return predictability.
FX 16
Issaraphorn Voratavornviwat
A study of potential factor investing strategy from ESG score and intangible capital in Thailand
The independent study aimed to examine the relationship between Environmental, Social, and
Governance (ESG) scores and Intangible Capital Ratio (ICR) and their implications for buy-and-hold returns
(BHR) and stock performance among Thai listed companies. The study focuses on firms listed on the Stock
Exchange of Thailand (SET) with available ESG scores, covering the period from 2018 to 2022 (169 companies).
The finding for the first objective found that an increase in the ESG score leads to a rise in the ICR,
these findings highlight the importance of ESG scores and company size & high BTM in determining a firm’s
ICR. However, the study also considered fixed effects in terms of Stock, Year and Industry factors. The influence
of the ESG score on the ICR did not demonstrate statistical significance. We could not conclude from this analysis.
There is a gap in recognizing and capitalizing on the potential of ESG investing to build and enhance intangible
capital. Moreover, ESG investment is considered as a long-term value, it might take time to create value through
The second objective: the findings show that ESG score and the ICR do not significantly influence
the return (RI) across all models. We do not have sufficient evidence to claim a significant relationship between
these independent variables and Return. The result supported the existing research on ESG did not significantly
affect stock performance and ESG/CSR investments may indicate agency problems. Moreover, there is in line
with CFA global ESG survey that some investors did not integrate ESG in the process of valuation. In addition,
intangible assets like brand reputation, patents, or proprietary technology can play a crucial role in a company's
success and potential for growth. Their value might not always be fully reflected in short-term stock price
movements but could have long-term effects on a company's market position and financial performance.
However, the study conducts a portfolio analysis to further explore abnormal returns and risk aspects.
The portfolio characterized by a Low ESG Score and High ICR (LH) demonstrates an impressive cumulative
return of 61.64%, outperforming the SETTRI benchmark at 21.99%. Furthermore, the LH portfolio exhibits the
highest alpha at 55.95% and better risk-adjusted performance based on the Sharpe and Treynor ratios.
In conclusion, the dissertation highlights the challenge and opportunity presented by the gap in
integrating ESG investing with intangible capital. With a limited sample size of 169 SET companies providing
ESG score data, further analysis is recommended to deepen our understanding of this subject. There is significant
potential for comprehensive ESG assessment, valuation, reporting standards, regulatory support, and increased
awareness to facilitate the full integration of ESG principles into investment strategies and the valuation of
intangible capital.
FX 16
Jirayu Boonyuen
The Moderating Effect of Stock Price on the Relationship
between Earnings Quality and Dividend Payments: A Study of Thai Listed Companies
This research paper has the objective to investigate and examine
the basic relationship on the dividend policy and the earnings quality of
companies in Thai stock market, by covering all the industries. The
proxies for the earning qualities include a total of four proxies which
are earnings persistence, accruals quality, earnings informativeness, and
timely loss recognition. Moreover, this research paper also further
examines the incentive of dividend policy of companies under Thai
stock market by applying the dividend signaling Theory and the
information content of dividends hypothesis. The incentive of dividend
policy can be viewed as the signal sending by the corporation side.
Moreover, this research paper classifies the companies into two major
types of companies with stock price loser and company with stock price
gainer. Later that, the examination leads to see the difference incentive
to pay dividend between these major two types of company based on
the dividend signaling theory, the information content of dividends
hypothesis, and the catering incentives.
FT 26
Kaung Htet
Impact of Environmental Policy Announcements on Investment Performance of Equity Mutual Funds
Previous research has shown that stock prices will also respond to environmental
policy announcements because of the impact on firms' value. As equity mutual funds are
primarily invested in stocks, this study aims to examine whether these announcements also
impact the investment performance of equity mutual firms. Some studies also prove that it
is still debatable whether green mutual funds or polluting mutual funds perform better in
terms of investment returns. Based on this, this study will also further extend to analyze
investment performance between green and polluting equity mutual funds under stringent
and loosened environmental policy announcements. This study utilized the polluting and
green mutual funds data from Morningstar as well as US SIF website. For the
announcements, the major environmental policy announcements were selected from several
US government websites as well as news sources. The event study methodology along with
regression analysis was used in this study to capture the cumulative abnormal returns
(CAR) generated from green and polluting mutual funds under stringent and loosened
environmental policy announcements. The findings indicate that significant impacts were
observed on cumulative abnormal returns (CAR) in both stringent and loosened
announcements for event periods of 5 days, 10 days and 20 days. To account for fund and
fund managers’ characteristics, control variables were added, and expense ratio and fund
size have material effect on fund returns except portfolio turnover ratio which appears to
have weak influence on mutual funds’ returns under the announcements. Furthermore,
when comparing investment performance of green and polluting mutual funds’
performance under stringent and loosened environmental policy announcements, it was
found that green mutual funds outperform most of the time.
FX 16
Koravik Renuros
Global Oil Price Transmission to Domestic Diesel Prices, and the Impact on Listed Firm's Profitability and Stock Market Returns
Evidence from Thailand
This research paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics of
volatile oil prices over the past two decades, with a focus on the stock exchange of
Thailand from the period of 2004 to 2022. Firstly, the study utilizes the Vector
Autoregressive Model (VAR) technique to examine the impact of global oil price
fluctuations on domestic fuel prices and the stock market in Thailand. The findings
reveal that changes in global oil prices have a delayed and indirect effect on the
Thai stock market. The transmission of volatility through domestic diesel prices is a
crucial factor in this relationship. Notably, domestic diesel prices exhibit an
immediate influence on the stock market, serving as a reliable indicator of
economic growth. These insights shed light on the dynamic nature of the
interactions between diesel prices, global oil prices, and the stock market in
Thailand. Furthermore, the study investigates the impact of changes in domestic
diesel prices on the accounting performance measures of energy sector firms.
Through sub-sample analysis, the sample is divided into groups based on their
association with energy prices. The results demonstrate a positive and significant
effect of domestic diesel prices on accounting returns, particularly the return on
assets (ROA), across the energy sector. The effect is more pronounced within the
oil and gas companies. This highlights the dominant role of commodity prices,
particularly diesel prices, as explanatory factors for accounting performance
measures in the energy sector. Overall, this research contributes valuable insights
into the temporal relationship between commodity prices, stock market
performance, and accounting performance in the energy sector. By examining the
dynamics of volatile oil prices and their impact on the stock exchange and
accounting measures, this study enhances our understanding of the interconnections
and dynamics within the energy sector and its relationship with the broader
FX 16
Kulthida Surattachaipong
The Impact of Audit Quality on Trading Suspension Propensity; Detection in Thailand
Based on each direct evidence consists of actual cases disclosed by the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC), and indirect evidence consists of suspected cases detected by the
identification model of trading suspension propensity. This study aimed to examine the
relationship between audit quality aspects and trading suspensions of listed companies in
Thailand, as well as the changes in this relationship after the outbreak of the COVID-19
pandemic. The research utilized สําคัญ obtained from the annual reports and financial statements
of 263 companies listed on the SET50 and MAI indexes, covering the periods of 2016 to 2018
and 2020 to 2022. The findings indicated that auditing practices contributed to enhancing the
validation of the information contained in financial statements and reports. This, in turn, resulted
in improved quality of financial information and reduced information asymmetry among users,
thereby discouraging insider trading and market manipulation. Consequently, the probability of
trading suspension was lowered without any notable difference observed during the COVID-19
period relative to the previous pandemic period. Furthermore, the study revealed that high-quality audit reports facilitated users' ability to predict future performance and expected returns
of companies. The signals of audit quality were assessed using Audit Firm Size, Audit Switch,
Audit Fees, Auditor Tenure, and Qualified Audit Opinion. The collected data underwent analysis
employing Descriptive statistics, Correlation analysis and Ordered Probit estimations.
FX 14
Natapong Teekaput
Behavioral bias in number and the stability of stock price
This study investigates the behavioral bias in numbers. It analyzes the relationship between behavioral bias in the number of last-digit quote prices and volatility as a proxy of market inefficiency from 2 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 of penny stock in the Thailand stock market. This period is interesting because the circuit breaker triggered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This research studies the event that exogenous effect on volatility to find that the relation between volatility and behavioral bias is still the same. The exogenous effect is the stock exchange of Thailand changed regulations by reducing the ceiling and increasing the floor to minimize the stock price volatility after the circuit breaker is triggered. The results show that penny stock in the Thailand stock market has bias behavioral in numbers with quote prices by ending digit 0. This study does not have evidence that bias behavior in the number of quote price impact volatility. These will provide evidence to the studies from Blau & Griffith (2016).
FX 16
Niya Somkerd
Is greener really better? Stock market reaction to green bond announcements, Evidence from Europe
Employing an event-study approach, we examine how the stock market responded
to the offering of green bonds by non-financial companies listed on the European stock market
from January 2013 to September 2022. We observed a drop, on average about 0.28%, in the
company stock prices on the day they announced these offerings and the day after. Moreover,
we found that investors react in the same manner for green bond announcements as for
conventional bond announcements. We also studied if the Gavriilidis (2021)'s climate policy
uncertainty index has any relationship with the market reactions. Our findings suggest that the
index is positively related to the market's reaction to green bond offerings only before the
COVID-19 pandemic hit.
FX 16
Onjira Sukijjakamin
Effect of Joining Paris Agreement to Green Bond Premium in US Market
The paper investigates whether green bonds are priced
at a premium compared to conventional bonds by analyzing
the yield spread between green bonds and comparable
conventional bonds (where a negative yield spread indicates a
premium). The study also examines the factors influencing the
yield difference including the effect of participating in Paris
Agreement to the green bond premium. Initially, the paper
expected to find a negative green bond premium, indicating
that green bonds have lower yields than comparable
conventional bonds, as investors are willing to accept lower
yields for the ESG benefits associated with green projects.
However, the paper obtained contradictory results.
Additionally, participating in the Paris Agreement cannot be
used to explain the green bond premium in US markets.
FX 16
Primporn Thanomsakul
Fund Characteristics Immunity to COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Thailand
This research investigates the relationship between COVID-19 growth
rates and the performance of Thai equity funds during the pandemic. Focusing on
weeks with substantial increases in COVID-19 cases, we hypothesize that negative
returns primarily originate from these weeks. We acknowledge the pandemic's
impact as a black swan event, instilling fear and uncertainty, and its demonstrated
negative effect on fund returns. Moreover, our research aims to identify the fund
characteristics that have provided resilience and immunity to the negative effects of
the crisis. Using a panel data regression with a fixed effect model, we analyze
various fund characteristics and their impact on performance. The dataset covers the
initial and peak periods of the pandemic in Thailand from March 2020 to October
2021, and performance is evaluated using three metrics: excess risk-free return,
Sharpe ratio, and Jensen's alpha.
The findings reveal a negative relationship between COVID-19 growth
rates and domestic equity fund performance. Specifically, extreme growth cases
have a significant detrimental effect on fund performance. However, certain fund
characteristics, such as equity large-cap funds and fund age, demonstrate resilience
and positive performance during the pandemic. The research contributes to our
understanding of how fund characteristics and COVID-19 growth rates interact to
influence performance. It provides valuable insights for investors and fund
managers in fund selection and management strategies during challenging market
FX 16
Sita Kedvarin
How influential are FinFluencers? Granger Causality between Finance Influencers and Price Movements in Cryptocurrency and Stock Markets
This research investigates the influence of finance influencers on stock and
cryptocurrency returns by analyzing the relationship between their asset-related
YouTube videos and market movements. The study was conducted in two parts: the
VAR Granger causality analysis in both the cryptocurrency and stock markets, and
the analysis of the behavior of the top finance influencers in the cryptocurrency
market. The findings from the VAR Granger causality analysis revealed distinct
patterns between the cryptocurrency and stock markets. In the cryptocurrency
market, YouTube videos, particularly the number of videos published, showed a
significant Granger causality effect on returns. However, the causality from returns
to YouTube videos was less prominent. Conversely, in the stock market, the
relationship between YouTube videos and returns was weak or non-existent. The
influence of finance influencer content on stock returns appeared to be less
significant compared to the cryptocurrency market. Moreover, the study analyzes
the behavior of top finance influencers in the cryptocurrency market, demonstrating
that their impact on returns is not as significant as previously observed in the
overall market. The overall market dynamics and the presence of videos related to
cryptocurrencies play a more substantial role in influencing returns. Overall, these
findings indicate that while top finance influencers may attract a large number of
views, their influence on price movements in cryptocurrencies is not substantial.
The presence of videos related to cryptocurrencies, regardless of the creator, has a
significant pronounced impact on cryptocurrency returns.
FX 16
Supanuch Limvisitsakul
The Effect of Capital Ratio on Risk, Efficiency and Profitability of Insurance Companies: Evidence from Singapore and Thailand
This research study examines the importance of capital ratios in assessing
the financial health of insurance companies in the context of Singapore and
Thailand. The primary objective is to investigate the extent to which capital ratios
provide informative insights into the risk, efficiency, and profitability of insurance
companies. The study covers both life and non-life insurance companies during
the period from 2017 to 2021.
The findings show that higher capital ratios correspond to lower liquidity
risk, improved efficiency, and increased profitability. These results emphasize the
importance of maintaining adequate capital reserves to ensure financial stability
and enhance operational performance in the insurance sector.
In conclusion, risk-based capital ratios not only serve as indicators for
solvency but also reflect liquidity risk, efficiency, and profitability. Adequate capital
reserves are crucial for the financial stability of insurance companies. This research
study expands the understanding of the relationship between capital ratios and
performance metrics, providing valuable insights for stakeholders involved in
managing and assessing the financial health.
FX 14
Suphitcha Ekjariyakorn
Risk Shifting in Mutual Funds: Evidence in Thailand
The paper aims to examine whether risk-shifting behavior exists in Thai equity mutual funds or not. The empirical analysis studies the period from 2005 to 2022. It is investigated that risk-shifting behavior exists in Thailand by having compensation and employment incentive influences fund managers’ decision on risk shifting.
Firstly, this study uses the states of the market which are positive and negative market returns as the proxy of compensation and employment incentive, respectively. The finding is illustrated that mid-year losers take more risk of the portfolio in the latter half of the year in both positive and negative market return periods where the greater risk adjustment is found in the positive market return period. This relationship is the same for both tax and non-tax-privileged mutual funds. Also, the paper finds a stronger degree of risk shifting in tax than non-tax-privileged mutual funds.
Secondly, this study uses the profitability of the companies which the fund managers work under as another proxy. High and low profitability companies can refer to the domination of compensation and employment incentives respectively. The paper finds that underperformed fund managers increase the portfolio risk in the latter half of the year when working under high-profitability companies. The result is the same for low-profitability companies but a weaker degree of risk shifting.
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Supisara Songdecha
The effect of democracy on the mutual fund recovery, Evidence from emerging countries
This research examines how democracy affects mutual fund performance and recovery in emerging
countries: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand. Data from 2010 to 2021 is analyzed,
focusing on domestic equity mutual funds. Democracy levels are measured using the V-Dem dataset.
Performance is evaluated using risk-adjusted returns, while recovery duration measures how long it takes for
funds to return to pre-crisis levels. The findings show that in Chile, characterized as a strong democracy,
demonstrates improved performance with higher levels of democracy. In contrast, Brazil, South Africa, India,
and Mexico exhibit higher returns with lower levels of democracy. China, as a non-democratic country, exhibits
a significantly negative impact. These negative relationships could be caused by struggles in making credible
commitments, increased risk-taking, credit rating downgrades during elections, and longer decision-making
processes. Meanwhile, Thailand, as a non-democratic country, exhibits a positive relationship, aligning with the
initial hypothesis. The study also finds that higher democracy levels prolong the recovery period for mutual
funds during crises. This research provides insights for policymakers and investors on how democracy
influences mutual fund performance and recovery in emerging economies.
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Thurein Htet Myat
How flash manufacturing PMI is affecting the U.S. stock market. An empirical study.
This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between the US
Flash Manufacturing PMI news releases, returns, and volatilities of Russell 1000 and 2000
indexes. Using an autoregressive (AR) and generalized autoregressive conditional
heteroskedasticity (GARCH) model, the study examines data from January 2015 to
November 2022, encompassing both pre-pandemic, pandemic, and post-pandemic periods.
The statistical analysis indicates that these news releases do not significantly influence stock
returns, supporting the efficient market hypothesis. Various factors, including measurement
errors and the unique circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, likely overshadowed the
impact of PMI news releases. Additionally, the analysis finds no significant evidence to
support the hypothesis that PMI news releases have an amplified impact on stock market
volatilities during the pandemic compared to other periods. The study suggests considering
other economic indicators, applying advanced time-series analysis techniques, conducting
sector-specific analysis, exploring different stock markets, and extending the analysis over
longer periods for a more comprehensive understanding. This research contributes to the
understanding of the complex dynamics between economic indicators and stock market
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Waraluk Rosmontee
The role of bank capital through monetary policy transmission mechanism
This study examines the role of bank capital in the transmission of
monetary policy, considering the bank lending channel (BLC) and financial
development. Analyzing bank-level data from nine countries during 2007-2021
with GMM method, the study finds that well-capitalized banks are better positioned
to expand loan supply and withstand adverse shocks. However, behavioral patterns
differ between developed and ASEAN countries. In developed nations, policy rate
changes have inconclusive effects on loan growth, while profitable banks and
inflation drive credit expansion. In ASEAN countries, policy rate increases are
associated with loan growth, reflecting favorable economic conditions. Financial
development impacts credit expansion differently in developed and ASEAN
countries, with improved financial systems mitigating shocks in ASEAN. These
findings emphasize the importance of bank capital and the need for policymakers to
consider bank capital and financial development in designing effective monetary
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Apisara Pornprasith
Flow-performance relationship in DeFi yield aggregator
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is a new financial infrastructure with
applications similar to traditional financial products, such as exchange, lending,
derivatives, and asset management. This paper empirically investigates Yearn
finance, one of the fastest-growing and largest in DeFi yield aggregator protocols
for on-chain asset management, to demonstrate the flow-performance relationship
and compare it with mutual funds in traditional finance. According to the findings,
there is a positive non-linear relationship between fund flows and recent
performance for using stablecoin deposited. In contrast, we cannot find this
relationship for using cryptocurrency. Then, we look further into stablecoin holder
behaviour and our findings show that, on average, they prefer the leverage strategy,
which offers a chance of higher returns. Finally, we examine the event study of
internal and external changes to see how investors respond. For the internal
changes, the publication of deploying new strategies for both stablecoin and
cryptocurrency vault does not affect investors' immediate reaction. However, only
stablecoin holders have directly responded to protocol partners' announcement of
the partnership with Yearn finance for external changes.
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Miaoqi Su
Corporate diversification and stock risk in Thailand: Evidence from a global shock
The objective of this paper is to investigate the impact of corporate
diversification on stock risk for 345 companies listed on Stock Exchange of Thailand
during the sample period from 4 January 2017 to 30 December 2021 which covers
both Covid and pre-Covid period. Furthermore, the differences in effect between
Covid and pre-Covid period are also studied.
The result shows that diversifying through only business segments and
ignoring global diversification increases stock volatility. Furthermore, it also shows
that diversifying through only business segments and ignoring global diversification
increases stock volatility during the Covid period compared to pre-Covid period. The
result is consistent with findings of Onali and Mascia (2022) who study US
companies. However, there is no significant relationship found between only global
diversification and stock volatility during the whole sample period as well as the
Covid period.
The ability of companies in alleviating the impact of such global shocks that
could affect different geographical regions in different time periods might be if they
depend only on business segment diversification. The profitability of the companies
also affected the most if they only consider diversifying through business segment
during pandemic. Similar to the case of US, the coinsurance effect of diversifying by
business segments might not benefit investors in Thailand, as it might be done quite
easily by investing in stocks of firms operate in different industries.
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Tanakorn Makarabhiromya
The Effect of Sustainability Index Inclusion on Equity Fund Allocation Evidence from Thailand
The concept of sustainability index has been accepted widely in the global investment context. However, sustainable investments are relatively underexplored in an emerging market as in Thailand. This study analyzes the relationship between corporate sustainability performance (proxy by announcement events of the Stock Exchange of Thailand Sustainability Index SETTHSI) and institutional investors’ awareness toward sustainability investment. An event studies on index announcement are applied to analyze the short-term effect from investors in stock market. The results indicate that there is only weak evidence that inclusion into the sustainability index has a positive impact to cumulative abnormal returns during release-related period, but there is no evidence to support the negative impact for exclusion from the index. Then, we conduct the detailed holding-based analysis of investment decisions made by equity mutual fund managers to investigate ESG recognition and longer-term decisions. The result shows that equity fund managers increase their position in the next two quarters following the announcement of inclusion into the index. Lastly, Tax-incentive feature of Thai mutual fund industry is investigated whether it has an influence toward fund managers investment decisions in sustainability investment. Yet, the outcome implies that tax-incentive feature does not have any influence toward equity fund manager’s allocation decisions.
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Chang Chen
Investor’s Sentiment and Stock Return: An Empirical Study on the Thai Stock Market
The effect of investor sentiment on stock returns is one of the most recent
developments in finance. The empirical literature includes developed stock markets.
However, emerging markets, notably the Thai stock market, lack study subjects. The
purpose is to deeply comprehend the link between investor sentiment and Thai stock
market return. The aims include customizing investor sentiment indices to explain
the Thai stock market index's movement, estimating investor sentiment's predictive
ability, providing stock investors with referable trading strategies, and providing
suggestions for cross-section equity selection.
This study initially employs Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to
customize the composite indices, called the investor sentiment indices, using the local
and global levels based on eight underlying indicators extracted from prior research.
Second, the paper examines and compares the forecasting performance of the
Martingale model, the Autoregression model, and the Multivariate Threshold
Autoregressive models (MTAR) using local and global sentiment indices. Thirdly,
the paper develops trading strategies based on the predicting models and the
fluctuating investor sentiment. Fourthly, the paper examines the impact of investor
sentiment on the various features of the Thai stock portfolio.
The paper's results suggest that 1) the customized investor sentiment has
researchable explanatory power to the Thai market index return. 2) the customized
investor sentiments significantly cause the return of the Thai stock market. 3) using
the rolling out-of-sample technique, the customized investor sentiment accurately
forecasts the Thai market index returns more than other empirical predictive models.
4) the trading strategy based on the customized investor sentiment model provides
higher predicted returns than trading strategies based on other empirical models. 5)
Thai stocks with high dividends, high tangible assets, high liability, low profitability,
and value premium are susceptible to customized investor sentiments.
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Disaya Chayakul
The impact of COVID-19 on the volatility of REIT return and time-varying correlation between REIT and stock market
This study examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the volatility of REITs indices in 8 different countries and the impact of COVID-19 on the correlation coefficient between REITs and stock indices for the same 8 countries. The result shows that there is evidence of the positive impact of the pandemic on the REITs market. An increase in daily cumulative cases is able to lead the REITs market to become more volatile which is in line with many studies
on the impact of the pandemic on different financial assets. Moreover, the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic situation itself is found to have a positive impact on the volatility of the REITs market as well. This study is the first to use the volatility of the growth rate of cases as a proxy for the uncertainty of the pandemic situation to investigate the impact of the uncertainty of the pandemic itself on the volatility of the REITs market. For the impact on the correlation between REITs and stock indices, the DCC-GARCH model is applied to investigate the impact of the pandemic on conditional correlations between REITs and stock markets. Most REITs markets in the study are found to be more correlated with the stock market during the pandemic. Furthermore, an increase in daily cumulative cases is found to be able to lead to an increase in correlation between REITs and stock indices in the majority of the country in this study. The results from this study in both the volatility aspects and the correlation aspects reveal that the impact of the pandemic on the REITs market is not only for the risk from investing in the REITs market but also for the diversification risk from including REITs in a stock portfolio. Overall, the findings from this study give investors an insight into the impact of the pandemic on the REITs market in both volatility and correlation aspects before including REITs in their portfolio. Investors should aware that the benefit of investing in REITs could be different from normal periods when there are no harms from the pandemic. In addition, policymakers are able to clearly see the impact of the pandemic on the REITs market and how important to control theCOVID-19 situation.
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Noor Nayeem Hasnat Farhan
Two major corporate governance-related regulatory changes, one in 1999 and one in 2008, were implemented as a means to increase the independence of boards of directors of public companies in Thailand. I study whether each of these regulatory changes affects the degree of and leads to substitution of accrual-based earnings management (AEM) and real earnings management (REM), plus the effect of family ownership on the type and degree of earning management. The outcomes of the two regulatory changes are different with respect to earnings management. Univariate tests suggest no change in the levels of AEM and REM for the 1999 change. However, for the 2008 change, AEM decreases and REM increases, suggesting firms substitute between AEM and REM. Regression results suggests complementary relationship for regulatory change in 1999, however the results are not robust. Results for the 2008 regulatory change however provide robust evidence of a complementary relationship. The results are similar
for firms with higher ownership concentration.
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Chaiwat Ratchawat
The impact of government response’s policy to COVID-19 on stock market volatility
This research explores the effect of government's COVID-19 response
policy on stock market volatility. We explain the stock market volatility dynamics
via the index that measures the strict level of government response’s policy to
COVID-19. Using EGARCH (1,1) model to identify stock market volatility from
daily stock market return of 68 countries and apply the Arellano–Bond two-step
system GMM estimator for dynamic panel data analysis, we found that the stock
market volatility in the COVID-19 period can be reduced by the government policy
response to COVID-19. Furthermore, after dividing the index into 3 types, all types
of policy also reduce the stock market volatility and the economic support policy has
the highest impact on the stock market volatility.
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Chalakorn Sathiwas
Examination of Facebook's Announcement Effect on Metaverse Tokens
In this research, we study an announcement effect of Facebook Inc.’s rebranding to Meta Platform Inc. in October 2021, as a flagship event that sheds spotlight to the metaverse business, on 50 metaverse-related cryptographic tokens. Using Google’s CausalImpact package in R with historical daily returns within -30,7 windows, the model expects a 11.80% counterfactual CAR but the actual CAR is 69.20%, indicating a 57.40% absolute effect of this announcement on aggregate metaverse tokens at 99% significant level.
We also further regress five factors, namely game-fi, marketplace, holders, illiquidity, and VC factor on the post-announcement CAR. However, the result is sparse. Only the constant and marketplace factor shows a positive and negative, respectively, impact at 90% level.
Our study makes two contributions; Firstly, the result indicates that metaverse tokens positively respond to the announcement in aggregate. Secondly, the abnormal returns of these tokens are mainly driven by the uniqueness of each token and the marketplace function is harmful to the abnormal returns.
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Chapit Asirapongporn
Does accounting quality reduce external financial constraints?
This study investigates how accounting quality relates to
financial constraints at the firm level. In this study, our first hypothesis
is that higher accounting quality reduces financial constraints at the
firm level. Our second hypothesis is that higher accounting quality
reduces financial constraints more after IFRS adoption in 2011 than
before IFRS adoption in Thailand. Our third hypothesis is that higher
accounting quality reduces financial constraints more in state-owned
enterprises than in privately-owned enterprises. Lastly, auditing quality
could be another proxy of accounting quality. Therefore, our fourth
hypothesis is that higher auditing quality reduces financial constraints at
the firm level. In this study. Our results in the first hypothesis are
consistent for KZ index and WW index model. However, the results in
WW index model show a strong relation between accounting quality
and financial constraints when compared to KZ index model. Therefore,
we choose WW index to represent our results for hypothesis 2, 3 and 4.
For the second hypothesis, there is no statical evidence to support this
hypothesis. For the third hypothesis, our results are consistent with our
expectation. For the fourth hypothesis, our test results are consistent
with our expectation.
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Chomtarn Junanukul
Do COVID-19 cases and government response to COVID-19 drive mispricing in cross-listed companies?
This research is to examine impact of COVID-19 cases and government
response to COVID-19 to cross-listed companies’ stock return, mispricing and
volatility of the mispricing, using evidence from 164 Canadian companies’ stocks
listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX shares) and cross-listed in New York Stock
Exchange or NASDAQ (US shares).
Our results show that there is negative impact from growth of COVID-19
cases to stock return and positive impact from government response to COVID-19 to
stock return in both Canada and US. As for impact to mispricing, using price premium
of stock listed in Canada relative to US as a proxy, the results suggest that when we
implemented separate variables of growth of COVID-19 cases and government
response to COVID-19 for each country, only government response to COVID-19 in
Canada was found to have significant positive impact to the price premium. We have
further examined the impact by implemented variables of difference in COVID-19
cases growth and government response to COVID-19 between Canada and US
instead of separate variables for each country, the results showed that difference in
COVID-19 cases growth of Canada relative to US is significantly negatively related
to the price premium while difference in government response to COVID-19 cases is
significantly positively related to the price premium. As for impact to volatility of the
price premium, COVID-19 cases growth in US and government response in both
Canada and US are found to be positively related to volatility of the price premium.
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Duangporn Lertsomphol
The monetary policy transmission during the crisis: Evidence from Thailand
The interest rate pass-through is defined as the process by which changes
in policy or money market rate are transmitted to commercial bank rates. In
other words, monetary policy transmission is one of the useful tools for the
analysis of effective monetary policy decisions. This paper examines the
effectiveness of the interest rate passthrough from the money market rate to
various lending rates (MLR, MOR, and MRR) in Thailand from 2008 to 2021
including crisis periods, and also assesses the impact of bank characteristics.
Using the panel cointegration method and error correction model with monthly
data from individual commercial banks.
The results show the incomplete transmission of monetary policy to all
lending rates because of information asymmetry, costs, and market competition.
During the crisis periods, the monetary policy transmission tends to become
weaker since the distress causes higher risks and worse financial conditions.
With regard to bank characteristics, the capital ratio implies the regulatory
constraint, and the non-performing loan (NPL) ratio represents the quality of
assets in the bank’s portfolio, both lead to the diminishing passthrough in
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Jakkrapob Choojan
The Impacts of Credit Rating Changes on Firm's Dividend Payout and Investment Policies - Evidence in Thailand
This paper studies relationship between impacts of change in credit rating
on firm's dividend payout and investment policies. We use data from listed companies
in Stock Exchange of Thailand during 2000 - 2021. This paper applies fixed effect
ordinary least squares to evaluate impacts of change in credit rating. From this paper,
downgraded firms will decrease dividend payout and investment. However,
upgraded firms will increase dividend payout and investment. Moreover, this paper
studies relationship between impacts of change in credit rating on firm's investment
efficiency. From this paper, downgraded firms will overinvest and upgraded firms
will underinvest. This paper provides information or guidances to debtholders and
shareholders to evaluate the firm is worth to invest.
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Jeff Dardouillet
The effect of tax avoidance on firm value in the SET
This study investigates whether firms tax avoidance activities have an impact on the perception that shareholders have with regards to firms’ value. This paper analyzes whether the statutory tax rate has an impact on the companies’ tax behavior and whether there is a relation between tax avoidance and firm value in the Stock exchange of Thailand during 2 distinct periods (2009-2011 & 2016-2019). The method employed compares firms’ value and tax differences between the period specific statutory tax rates and the firm effective tax rate in that period.
The findings indicate that a change in statutory tax rate indeed has an impact on the firms’ tax behavior. However, the relation between tax avoidance and firm value cannot be proved as it is not significant enough.
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Kanda Karnjanonun
SPAC sponsors and their effects on SPAC prices
The purpose of this paper is to find the effect from SPAC sponsor
after the merger announcement. I study SPAC IPOs which had acquiror
and target nation in the United States and were public between January
2020 and December 2021. The final sample has 186 SPACs. I select The
Forbes 400 in 2021 as a proxy for sponsor reputation. I use event study
methodology to test for SPAC sponsors and their effects on SPAC prices.
I find that there is no statistical evidence that sponsor reputation has
impact on SPACs price on the announcement date of combination. There
are two possible plausible explanations for this finding. 1) SPACs are
structured and behave unlike any other asset class in the markets. 2) The
Forbes 400 in 2021 that use as a proxy for sponsor reputation in this paper
may not be appropriate for the study. Moreover, I cannot find the
evidence that SPACs with technology company has impact on SPACs
price on the announcement date of combination. Because investor trading
behavior is bizarre, and SPACs are structured and behave unlike any
other asset class in the markets.
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Kavisara Vachekrilas
How sensitive are IPOs to the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic in emerging markets?
This study investigates the relationship between COVID-19-related pandemic fear and the short-term performance of initial public offerings in emerging markets. This paper investigates whether the short-term fear of COVID-19 continues to influence post-IPO performance. In doing so, the fundamental methodology is cross-sectional ordinary least squares (OLS) regression and numerous variables are included to the model as control variables.
The results show that whether looking at the first-day trading price of an IPO or the subsequent trading prices, the effect of pandemic fear (GFI, RCI and RDI) was positive. However, results were somewhat different for HighGFI, which was a dummy variable indicating severity of fear as they were negative in all cases. These results conclude that investors are not making IPO decisions in the first few days, but that over time the effect of high pandemic fear accumulates and suppresses subsequent trading prices.
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Korn Kongkittiwong
Diversification benefits of domestic and international REITs for SET Index before and during Covid-19 crisis
This study examines the diversification benefit of Thailand, the US, Europe,
Singapore, and Japan REIT indices for the SET index. The time scope for this study
starts from 1st January 2011 to 31th January 2022. It also compares the diversification
benefit degree between pre and during Covid-19 periods. The DCC-GARCH model
is used for the diversification benefit examination. The results posit 3 main points.
First, all the REIT indices provide diversification benefit for the SET index. Second,
the Covid-19 pandemic reduces diversification benefit generated by the US, Europe,
and Japan REIT indices. Finally, the US provides the highest diversification benefit
to the SET index among the others.
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Nakarin Chanachaivorakorn
Effect of Dividend on Derivative Warrants : Evidence from Stock Exchange of Thailand
The purpose of this paper is to investigate mispricing of
derivative warrants on ex-dividend date. Using data from the
Stock Exchange of Thailand during 2010 to 2020, this research
examines mispricing of derivative warrants by comparing the
market price to the theoretical price, which incorporates the
adjustment of exercise price and ratio on ex-dividend date
according to the rules given by SET. This research also studies
further by investigating the magnitude of impact from the
dividend yield of underlying asset. The empirical results show
strong evidence of mispricing in call derivative warrants,
whereas put derivative warrants are found to be weakly
statistically overpriced. Furthermore, dividend yield of
underlying asset is indeed highly correlated to the magnitude of
mispricing, as high dividend yield stocks have more
underpriced call derivative warrants and as well more
overpriced put derivative warrants.
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Nutcha Kongpreecha
The impact of ESG performance on firm-idiosyncratic risk in the US and Canada
This paper aims to examine how environmental, social, and
governance (ESG) performance affects the idiosyncratic risk of firms in
the United States and Canada between 2007 and 2020. This study retrieves
ESG scores and other factors from the Refinitiv DataStream, the firms used
for analysis in this paper are 480 listed companies. Results show that ESG
performance can reduce idiosyncratic risk in different firms' characteristics
and periods. First, ESG performance can subdue the idiosyncratic risk in
both sensitive and non-sensitive industries at the same level. Second, only
the environmental pillar in the sensitive industry has an additional negative
influence on idiosyncratic risk due to the concentration in environmentally
sensitive industries of the samples. Third, high market value firms tend to
benefit more from improving ESG performance than low market value
firms. Fourth, the effect size of ESG performance on idiosyncratic risk of
low leverage firms is larger than high leverage firms. Fifth, ESG practice
shows a more considerable effect in times of recession periods compared
to normal periods. Lastly, ESG performance can subdue idiosyncratic risk
of firms in covid-19 period higher than in pre-covid-19 periods.
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Nutpapol Tantratananuwat
The evidence of beta anomaly in European REITs
This paper finds empirical evidence of the beta anomaly
in the European REIT market in the period 2012 – 2021. The
alpha of a low minus high beta strategy is positive and
statistically significant which can interpret that the low beta
REITs have a higher risk-adjusted return than high beta
REITs. To examine the explanation behind the beta anomaly,
the controlling variables which may cause the beta anomaly
including the lottery-like stock return factor, the skewness
factor, and the institutional ownership factor are added into the
Fama-French 3-factor model. For the result, only the
institutional ownership factor which refers to the leverage
constraint hypothesis shows a significant relation with REIT
returns. To examine that the beta anomaly is a demonstration
of the leverage constraint hypothesis, the result of pooled OLS
regression shows a significant relationship between REIT
betas and institutional ownership.
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Omtong Kasemsant
Are short sellers equally informed? Evidence from the US. Credit rating announcements
This study uses credit rating and daily short sale data of
firms listed in NYSE from January 2015 to December 2021 to
examine whether there is informed trading. Although postannouncement abnormal return is negatively correlated with
abnormal short volume, no evidence of informed short selling
is found. Higher level of pre-announcement abnormal short
selling is positively correlated to default risk and also
explained by the incentives of short sellers to short more when
past returns are negative. Furthermore, increase in short selling
that is preceded by credit watch placement is more pronounced
before credit rating downgrades. Moreover, the evidence
shows that cumulative abnormal return pre-announcement is
positively and significantly correlated with the abnormal short
sale activities pre-announcement. Lastly, this study provides
evidence that institutional investors or medium or large trade
size increase short position more heavily than smaller trade
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Patcharee Sae-Tiaw
Does Bond Market Development impact the Flight-to-Quality from Stock to Bond during COVID-19?
This paper analyzed flight to quality effect from stocks to government
bonds in 46 countries including developed and emerging countries during COVID
pandemic. The empirical result from panel data framework shows that the flights
exist and government bonds remain offered diversification benefit to investors
when they are most needed. The negative stock-bond correlation was also amplified
when pandemic is more severe in developed countries. Moreover, this study reveals
that countries with a higher degree of bond market development can support bonds
act as a safe haven better and have more negative in stock-bond correlation.
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Phuket Kumhangphon
The Impact of Derivative Warrant Introduction: Evidence from Stock Exchange of Thailand
The impact that derivative instrument has on the underlying stocks is important for
regulators and investors to concern. This paper tries to examine the impact of derivative warrant
introduction on liquidity (measured by trading volume) and risk (measure by volatility and
systematic risk beta) of the underlying stocks in stock exchange of Thailand. This paper examines
the impact on trading volume by using t-test for testing the equality of two means between prederivative warrant introduction period and post-derivative warrant introduction period and using
dummy variable regression for finding a change in the underlying’s trading volume after the
introduction of derivative warrant. For the impact on the underlying’s risk, this paper uses f-test
to determine the equality of two variance by using the ratio of variance between pre-derivative
warrant introduction period and post-derivative warrant introduction period and also uses
GARCH (1,1) model with dummy variable to find a change in volatility of the underlying stocks
after derivative warrant introduction, the dummy variable is also applied to investigate a change
in the underlying’s beta after derivative warrant introduction.
Overall, the results from the impact after derivative warrant introduction, reduction in
liquidity, reduction in volatility and no change in systematic risk beta, could provide additional
information for regulators to improve market efficiency and for investors to enhance their trading
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Pimpimuk Rodnikorn
The inflation hedging ability of real estate investment in Thailand
This study is conducted with the purpose to investigate the inflation hedging
ability of real estate investment, both direct and indirect, including single-houses, town
houses, condominium, and SETPREIT in Thailand. The Johansen cointegration test
was used to akishort run dynamic movements, the Vector Error Correction (VEC)
model for cointegrated time series was applied to analyze. In addition, Granger
causality test is conducted to see whether the cause of inflation is independent from the
movements in the price of real estate assets. In addition, the impulse response functions,
and variance decompositions were also incorporated with the purpose to emphasis the
impact of the real estate investment to inflation and vice versa.
The empirical findings, obtaining through the cointegration tests suggest that
there is an existence of the long-run relationship between the price of properties,
including townhouse, condominium and SETPREIT. With the long-term relationship
existing between the real estate assets, and inflation, these real estate assets have an
ability to hedge against inflation (Gunasekarage, 2008); (Le Moigne & Viveiros, 2020);
(Taderera, 2019). Therefore, in summary in the long run, the real estate assets, including
townhouse, condominium, and SETPREIT can be applied as a hedge against inflation.
In the short run, the result suggests that condominium and SETPREIT have
dynamic relationships with inflation. The Granger causality suggests that the direction
of causality is from the price of condominium and SETPREIT to inflation, which
implies that the past information and the variations of the price of condominium and
SETPREIT can be used to predict inflation. Consequently, the price of real estate assets
in Thailand, consisting condominium and SETPREIT are considered to have an
influence on the variation of inflation.
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Piyamart Srithanomwong
Does Size Really Matter? in Mergers of Equals: An Event Study
This research presents empirical studies on the impact of mergers of equals
on shareholders’ wealth. Due to integration problems between combining
corporations, Daimler-Chrysler merger failures caused the corporate sector to think
that mergers of equals erode shareholder wealth. However, it is based on a small
proportion of MOE transactions, and there is no empirical evidence on the
shareholder’s return on the announcement date implications of MOEs related to the
size of the merger. I provide this research knowledge for the shareholder wealth at
the announcement date for the implications of MOEs related to the size effect of the
Furthermore, MOE characteristics associated with shareholder wealth
impacts are evaluated to assess MOEs. Two tests will be used to determine the
optimal structure of MOE transactions: i) small-size and large-size MOEs – to
determine whether the merger abnormal return is determined by the size of the
acquirer and target firms. ii) local and cross-border MOEs – to determine whether
local or cross-border mergers outperformed in terms of abnormal returns at
announcement date in MOE transactions.
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Pornthip Supasinthanaphat
Mutual fund performance evaluation with active peer benchmarks of domestic equity funds in Thailand
We use the active peer benchmarks (APB) methodology suggested by Hunter et al.
(2014) to capture commonalities or common idiosyncratic noise in fund strategies. These
commonalities cannot be captured by the Carhart 4-factor model and it also decreases the
accuracy in fund performance evaluation. Firstly, we examine the efficiency of the APB
methodology compared with the Carhart 4-factor model. Then we also use the APB methodology
to evaluate the performance of actively managed Thai open-end domestic equity funds from
January 2006 through December 2020. In the APB methodology, we focus on two dimensions:
fund returns and the fund’s investment objectives. Our study applies the Carhart 4-factor model
with the added benchmark that indicates an equal investment in each fund included in the
category as a whole. We call this additional benchmark an "active peer benchmark" (APB). We
discover that the active peer benchmark (APB) methodology is able to decrease the average time
series pair-wise residual correlations between individual funds in the same APB category when
we add the APB factors to the Carhart 4-factor model, which increases the accuracy in fund
performance assessment. This active peer benchmarks methodology is also able to determine
which mutual funds within each peer group are performing the best.
FX 15
Pranittra Ritthiwitthayasakun
The impact of institutional ownership and valuation on stock price around SET50 index inclusion and exclusion
This study examines the impact of institutional ownership and valuation on
stock price around the changes in index constituents. Specifically, this paper studies
the significant SET50 index during the period of 2014 – 2021. According to the
empirical result, there is an asymmetric price response between index additions and
index deletions. The effects from exclusions are considerably stronger than from
inclusions. The findings also show that percentage ownership of institutional
investors and abnormal return are positively correlated in case of exclusions but not
for inclusions (though insignificant). Companies deleted from the index result in
lower institutional holdings and subsequently exhibit lower share prices. Moreover,
stock valuation has no effect on stock price in response to the announcement of
index inclusion and exclusion.
FT 22
Preeyada Kanakupt
Do domestic institutional investors always win? (Evidence from
the Stock Exchange of Thailand)
This study investigates whether momentum strategy trading and aggressiveness trading can cause the inferior trading performance among domestic individual, domestic institutional and foreign investors from 2013 to 2017. This paper applies trade price ratio calculation to compare performance of each investor and two metrics models to estimate aggressiveness of each investor as the estimation method. Moreover, price impact of intra-day intensive trading is also applied to provide explanation to the inferior performance of foreign investors.
The findings indicate that foreign investors are trading at worse prices in all different trade sizes during the sample period and are more aggressive. However, the results are mixed in buy and sell trade prices. Foreign investors tend to trade momentum following previous short-time positive returns, and aggressive trading behavior cannot explain all the inferior trading performance of foreign investors. The price impact results can be concluded that the impact is very small.
FT 24
Shilei Sun
The co-movement between equity markets of Thailand and China: A wavelet-based approach
This paper applied the MODWT wavelet method to decompose
correlations of the stock market of Thailand and China into different time scales
and frequencies. The decomposed correlations are then examined and compared
between short-term and long-term, and also between different time periods when
the interdependence of two markets is expected to change. The result shows that
long-term correlation is not significantly higher and sometimes is significantly
lower than the short-term, whereas the correlation does significantly increase from
2005 to 2020. Furthermore, the paper investigates the effectiveness of using the
correlation in the suitable time scale and frequency in an application of a minimum
variance portfolio. By comparing the traditional correlation and correlation obtained
from the wavelet method, we found that the minimum variance portfolio from the
wavelet method performs better. The result implied that the wavelet method support
investors and policymakers to understand the linkage between two markets and
make better decisions based on the co-movement of returns.
FT 24
Sita Khan
Diversification Benefits of Commodity Indices versus Islamic Stock Indices
The objective of this study is to investigate conditional correlations between
the Dow Jones Emerging Market index and commodity indices (i.e., agriculture,
energy, industrial metals, livestock, precious metals) and Islamic stock indices (i.e.,
JKII, KLFTEMSI, MSCI Bahrain, MSCI Kuwait, and MSCI Qatar). Additionally,
this paper classifies the properties of assets whether it is a diversifier, a hedger, or a
safe-haven assets to the Dow Jones Emerging Market index. The estimation method
is the dynamic conditional correlation generalized autoregressive conditional
heteroskedasticity (DCC-GARCH) model to estimate the conditional correlations
during the period of 2007-2021 which covers the Global financial crisis (GFC) and
Covid-19 pandemic. The finding indicates that all commodity and Islamic stock
indices serve as a diversifier in general. However, MSCI Bahrain, MSCI Kuwait, and
precious metals act as a safe-haven asset during certain periods of the GFC and
Covid-19 crises. Interestingly, KLFTEMSI and JKII present the highest hedging
effectiveness over the study period.
FT 25
Suphawit Keakultanes
Is cryptocurrency a hedge, safe haven, diversifier against Thailand, Indonesia, Philippine stock market on pre-COVID-19 and during COVID-19?
This research study whether cryptocurrencies act as a hedge, safe haven or
diversifier against Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia stock exchange market.
Using DCC-GARCH model and hypothesis test, we examine the hedge ratio and the
conditional correlation between cryptocurrencies and TIP’s stock exchange
market. The sample cover data on the return of the TIP’s index, Bitcoin, Ethereum,
Tether and Litecoin from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2021. The empirical
results show that traditional cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin can act as
diversifier, Ethereum can act as hedge instrument in PSEI index. Tether can act as
the hedge and safe haven in PSEI and JKSE index. The safe-haven capability of
Tether can change across market condition. The benefits of this research are to help
investors the important understanding into diversification of cryptocurrencies.
Moreover, authorities and governments would be interested in our findings if they
were to engage in a deeper discussion on the role of cryptocurrencies in financial
markets. This study contributes to the continuing discussion regarding the investment
potential of cryptocurrencies.
FT 25
Talatarn Kromadit
Market Reactions toward Changes in Analysts’ Ratings and Target Prices, Evidence from Thailand
This paper aims to perform a comprehensive analysis of the effects of the stock ratings and target
prices announcement published by analysts from both domestic and foreign brokerage firms in the Thai
market. There are two quantitative indicators that will be focused on in this study, target prices and stocks
rating, by observing the change of these two factors along with the change of market price, I will be able to
study market reaction by using the Fama-French 3-factor modal (Fama and French, 1992) to detect AR and
CAR within each focused window period. The observation period starts from January 2, 2019to December
30, 2021.
This research is believed to be one of not many of Thai research that study an up-to-date and indepth market movement according to the change of analyst’ views towards stocks. In addition to the impact
of rating and target price changes on the stock price individually, this research also analyses the combined
effects of the 2 focused key variables. The results a significant correlation between announcements and
market price movement as there is a significantly positive AAR and ACAR when ratings and target prices
are upgraded and significantly negative AAR and ACAR when they are downgraded.
FX 15
Tanyatorn Kulalert
The effect of female board on firm value : Evidence from the Asia Pacific
This paper examines the relationship between board gender diversity and
firm value of companies in the Asia-Pacific from 2011 to 2020. Fixed effects and
two-stage least squares are employed to deal with endogeneity. We find that
increasing female directors to the board has a positive and significant effect on firm
value as measured by Tobin’s Q. The result suggests that independent directors
have a positive and significant impact on firm value. However, when the board is
composed of independent directors, appointing female directors decreases the firm's
value owing to over monitoring. Furthermore, the positive effect of female directors
appears to be diminished in countries with higher corruption environments. This
may be attributable to the fact that gender diversity reduces board corruption.
Overall, we suggest that the present of female directors or mandating gender quotas
on board can reduce firm value in countries where corruption is high.
FX 15
Theerapong Theerahsapphawittaya
The Hedging Effectiveness of Disruptive Technology ETFs to Asia Emerging Markets
This study examines the role of hedge and safe haven of four disruptive
technology ETFs to six Asia emerging markets and assess whether if COVID-19
pandemic has altered the dynamic conditional correlations and hedge effectiveness
between these assets. Using daily return data from February 23, 2018 to January 28,
2022, first, the results indicate that despite the outperformance of disruptive
technology ETF’s returns during COVID-19 pandemic, these ETFs do not have a
hedge or safe haven property against Asia emerging market downturns as their
returns were still positively correlated. They can only be used as diversifier tools to
the Asia emerging markets. Second, the changes in the dynamic conditional
correlations between the ETFs and Asia emerging markets were identified in which
majority of the ETFs were found to have higher correlations with the emerging
markets during COVID-19 period. This implies that the optimal hedge ratio or
hedging cost between these assets were increased during the pandemic. Third, this
study found that the disruptive technology ETFs can provide higher hedge
effectiveness against Asia emerging markets during COVID-19 period than normal
period due to shorting a unit of the ETF can reduce variance of the long-only
portfolio in Asia emerging market by larger magnitude. Hence, these ETFs can be
used as hedging tools to minimize the risk of Asia emerging market portfolio. This
study provides insights for investors to formulate hedging strategies and determine
portfolio diversification by thematic technology ETFs.
FT 25
Thongpattra Nanna
The link between ESG and firm performance in healthcare industry: the moderating role of firm age and people awareness
This paper examines the link between ESG and firm performance in healthcare industry
moderated by firm age and advertising expenses from 2011 to 2020. Firm performance is
measured by Tobin’s Q, ROA, ROE and asset turnover. This study finds the evidence that
environmental pillar is the most important metric to improve firm value in healthcare equipment
& supplies and advertisement helps social and governance pillars to add more value.
Biotechnology looks alike, but firm age can moderate environment pillar to increase the value.
Moreover, social pillar is the most influential to add firm value for healthcare provider &
services and the effect is much better with older firms. Also, advertisement helps environmental
pillar to enhance firm value even though its score per se cannot. Correspondingly, advertisement
can be a moderator for environmental and governance pillars to add firm value for
pharmaceuticals while its ESG subcomponents per se cannot. The conclusions concerning other
performance measures (profitability and efficiency) are outlined in the conclusion section. The
study provides an opportunity for healthcare industry to leverage ESG for firm performance
improvement and presents refined guidelines that employ different firm performance
measurements and ESG metrics compared between crisis and non-crisis.
FX 15
Thornthep Paengsawat
The Impact of Moral Hazard in Institutional Environment On the Decision to Perform Partial Acquisition or Full Acquisition
This paper investigates the impact of moral hazard on the corporate strategic
decision regarding Mergers and Acquisitions. Whether the decision by the acquirer
to make partial or full acquisitions is driven by moral hazard is the main implication
of this research paper. Considering several subsamples of mergers and acquisition
transactions, in domestic transaction, an increase in private benefits of control does
increase the odd of making partial acquisition. Considering the subsample of crossborder acquisitions, private benefits of control still increases the odd of making
partial acquisition but the effect is less pronounced. Having control for the profitmaximizing reasons to make full acquisitions, the increase in private benefits of
control does not increase the odd of making full acquisition which is implied as
wealth-destroying decision. The empirical results align more with the profitmaximizing explanation as the acquirer reacts to the private benefits of control by
making partial acquisition instead of making full acquisition.
FT 25
Torfun Kantatasiri
International Evidence on Corporate Rating Changes
This research aims to study the reaction of the
International stock market around the corporate bond rating
change announcements by Moody's between 2015-2021 using
stocks and rating data from Datastream. The empirical result
shows a significantly positive reaction after the upgrades
announcement and a negative reaction around the downgrades
event date. Specifically, the impact of rating changes on stock
prices is larger around downgrades. The results imply that there
is an information effect but no price pressure effect since there
is a significant reaction in response to downgrades for all
samples insignificance impact following downgrades for subsample of the changes across investment- or speculative-grade
boundary. Furthermore, the absolute change in rating is
statistically significantly related to the cumulative abnormal
FT 25
Tunyaporn Wiriyadee
Halloween Effect and Equity Mutual Funds in Thailand
This paper investigates one of the most famous seasonal anomalies, namely Halloween
effect. It is based on the observation that return during November to April so-called winter period
tend to perform better than return during May to October so-called summer period. Using a sample
of 97 Thailand equity funds during 2012-2021, we extend previous research by focusing on the
Halloween effect in mutual funds market. Our research consists of three main objectives. First, we
investigate the existence of Halloween effect in Thailand equity mutual funds. Second, we look
into different characteristics of funds by categorizing based on categories from Morningstar
database. As different types of funds may have different strengths of Halloween effect, we further
examine the presence of Halloween effect in 6 groups of 11 different types of characteristics
includes different market capitalization, book-to-market ratio, investment style of active and
passive and sectors. Then, we create trading strategies which based on the different strength of
Halloween effect by investing in a funds characteristic with the highest Halloween effect during
winter and a funds characteristic with no or less Halloween effect during summer months and
compare with the benchmark of buy-and-hold strategy. Third, we generate modified momentum
strategy, which is to long loser portfolio in winter, and long winner portfolio and short loser
portfolio in summer and investigate whether it outperforms conventional momentum long-short
Consistent with Kenourgios and Samios (2021), our results show that Halloween effect
exists in equity mutual funds with significant positive winter months return. We provide evidence
of a robust Halloween effect in every characteristic except for growth funds. Our findings also
show that size of Halloween effect varies across different characteristics of mutual funds similar
to Arendas et al. (2018) and Jacobsen and Visaltanachoti (2009). Halloween effect is stronger for
passive funds than active funds. One possible explanation is fund manager who acknowledge this
phenomenon create their own strategy of what to invest during each period. Kenourgios and
Samios (2021) suggests that fund managers increase their equity exposure during May to October.
We also show that the investment based on rotation strategy and modified momentum strategy is
profitable and outperform their benchmark. The rotation strategy of investing
largevalue/midsmallvalue funds and passive/active funds generate a positive and significant
abnormal return.
FX 15
Veerapat Virochpoka
How does Thai stock market react to the environmental policy announcements?
This paper investigated the impact of environmental policy announcements to the stocks in the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The announcements are related to climate change in the world forum (Paris Agreement) and plastic waste management. Investors are aware of the environmental policy which could have an impact to firms. We found that 7 out of 8 announcements experienced significant cumulative abnormal returns (both positive and negative). In terms of industry, the only industry which reacted to all announcements is industrials. The majority of firms in the industrials industry are operators related to chemicals, automotive and general manufacturing which are more likely to be sensitive to the environmental issues than other industries.
We further investigated the impact of firms’ environmental disclosure on the cumulative abnormal return. We proxied ESG disclosure and ESG score as one of the indicators for degree of environmental-friendly. The empirical results showed that ESG disclosure had negative impact on cumulative abnormal return at the first action of Thailand towards climate change (signing Paris Agreement) in 2016 (announcement no.2). In contrast, the ESG disclosure had positive impact on cumulative abnormal return to the announcement of Thailand’s commitment to lower temperature rising in the COP meeting in 2021 (announcement no.8). This implies that the investors viewed the impact of ESG disclosure on firms differently before and after the ESG become active in Thailand. In other word, the investors recently view that firms with ESG disclosure are likely to be better at the adaptation to new environmental policies. Additionally, among the firms with ESG disclosure, the ESG score doesn’t have impact on cumulative abnormal return.


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“Getting my Master’s degree from MSF Chula was a rewarding experience for me. As an international student, I felt cared for by the professors and staff. The program provides a lot of opportunities to expand my mind and enhance my experiences in the field of finance. Excellent educational resources and infrastructures lead to an overall enjoyable educational experience.”
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“The MSF program does contribute to the progress in my career at EGAT. Through the theoretical and practical knowledge in finance, I have been equipped with capabilities and confidences to cope with investment development challenges in the period of technology disruption and transition in energy industry.”
HARID KHAOLUANG (FX10) Chief, Investment Analysis and Development Department, Business Development Division of EGAT
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Plan A
Students with less than 1 year work experience are required to take this option which is only offered full-time. Out of the required 36 units, students will take 24 credit units of course work and 12 credit units of thesis research project over 2-term period.
1 year work experience

Plan A Diagram

Plan B
Students with at least 1 year of work experience are eligible to pursue this option on either a full-time or flexible schedule basis. This plan consists of 3 components: 30 credit units of course work, 6 credit units over 2 term period of research project, and a comprehensive examination which is to be taken the following term upon completion of all course works.
1 year work experience

Plan B Diagram

Our full-time classes meet on Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 16:00 hr. Upon availability of each individual lecturer, some classes may meet off-office hour.
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Plan A
5 Core Courses 1 Core Courses +3 Elective Courses +Proposal 1 Elective Course +Thesis
Plan B
(Special Project)
5 Core Courses 1 Core Courses +3 Elective Courses+SP(l) 4 Elective Courses + SP(ll) + Comprehensive Exam
*Plan A: Students with less than 1 year work experience
Plan B: Students with at least 1 year work experience
We offer flexible program during weekends and after regular office hours to suit students who have full-time career and yet still want to pursue academic advancement. Flexible program classes meet on Saturday-Sunday from 9:00 – 17:00 hr. Subject to each lecturer’s schedule, some classes may also meet on weekdays from 18:00 – 21:00 hr. Applicants in this flexible program must have more than 1 year work experience and choose Plan B (Special Project).
Flexible Program Curriculum Overview
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
YEAR 1 3 Core Courses 2 Core Courses 1 Core Course +
 2 Electives Courses
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6
YEAR 2 2 Electives Courses+ Comprehensive Exam 2 Elective Courses +SP(l) 1 Elective Course +SP(ll)

Course List

Course Title
Finance Theory
Financial theories related to investment and consumption decisions under certainty and uncertainty; risk preferences; application of expected utility theory in investment analysis; perfect asset markets; complete asset markets; portfolio theories; asset pricing theories; analysis of key corporate finance issues; capital structure; dividend policy; ownership structure; asymmetric information
Derivatives and Risk Management
Derivative markets; options and trading strategies; option pricing models; option price sensitivities; futures and trading strategies; swaps; forward rate agreements; interest rate options; value at risk (VaR) approaches; real options.
Financial Statement Analysis
Techniques for financial statement analysis and their interpretation for decision making; uses of financial statement information in practices; demand and supply of financial statement information; quality of financial statement information; credit analysis; security analysis; risk analysis; corporate valuation.
Financial Econometrics
Statistical techniques and econometrics for financial research; linear regression analysis; hypothesis testing; large sample statistical theory; relaxing assumptions of classical linear regression models; univariate time series analysis
Ethics in Finance
Code of ethics; standards of professional conduct; ethics in the investment profession.
Financial Markets, Institutions, and Instruments
Roles of financial markets; structure of financial markets: money and capital markets; primary and secondary markets;
types and roles of various financial institutions in intermediation process; determination of interest rates; roles of regulators;
central banks; commercial banks; money supply process; debt markets; equity markets; foreign exchange markets;
financial instruments; efficient market hypothesis; financial markets in international context.
Corporate Finance
"Initial public offerings; seasoned equity offerings; rights offerings; private placement of equity; debt offerings; convertible debt; venture capital financing; mergers and acquisitions; corporate diversification; securities market regulations and corporate governance; event-study methodology.

Condition: Prerequisite 2604631 and 2604632"
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Corporate governance; compliance and other related issues; strategic compliance management; integration of corporate governance, risk management and compliance.
Practical Corporate Financial Modeling
"Condition: Prerequisite (2604631 and 2604632) or 2604639
Financial planning and assessment of financing needs; cost of capital estimation and capital budgeting; discounted cash flow valuation model; weighted average cost of capital; adjusted present value model; corporate financial decisions and their impact on firm valuation"
Strategic Portfolio Management
Concepts, process and construction of investment portfolios; portfolio management strategies and diversification; portfolio performance evaluation; portfolio management for individual and institutional investors; asset allocation.
Portfolio Performance Evaluation and Attribution
Basic and advanced portfolio performance evaluation models; applications of performance evaluation and attribution techniques; measuring portfolio performance without knowledge of the proper model; measuring market timing; measuring hedge fund performance.
Equity Analysis and Valuation
Market efficiency and valuation; discounted cash flow valuation; relative valuation; residual income valuation and economic value added; option application for stock valuation; technical analysis.
Selected Topics in Risk Management
"Advanced tools of financial risk management; credit derivatives; credit risk modeling; credit scoring; option-based models; credit migration models; reduced form models; applications of risk management for financial institutions; developments and current issues in risk management.

Condition: Prerequisite 2604643"
Financial Programming
Introduction to programming; data manipulation techniques; software project management; spreadsheet application.
Financial Risk Management for Pension Plans
"Condition: Prerequisite 2604631 or 2604639
Fundamentals of pension plans; pension plan valuation concepts; pension funding concepts; solvency concepts; asset and liabilities management of pension funds; optimal asset allocation and risk management for pension plans; capital requirements and economic capital."
Alternatives and Innovations in Investment
Alternative investment strategies: hedge funds, real estate, and private equity; risk-return characteristics of various alternative investments; use of alternative investments to enhance portfolio risk-return trade offs.
Foundation of Behavioral Finance
Theoretical foundations of behavioral finance; overconfidence; representative heuristic; attribution theory; anchoring; prospect theory; limits to arbitrage; market anomalies; corporate behavior.
Market Microstructure
Market microstructure models; order types; order submission strategies; trader types; behavior of informed traders; probability of informed trading; price discovery; origins of liquidity and volatility; transaction cost measurement.
Macro Issues in Finance
Financial system and institutions; aggregate demand and supply; money creation; roles of expectation on markets and policy; monetary and fiscal policies; economic indicators.
Financial Engineering
Financial modeling; portfolio optimization; exotic derivatives; structured products; simulation and numerical methods for derivative valuation; financial innovation; cases in financial engineering.
Fixed Income Securities
Fixed income securities and markets; bond valuation; risk measurement of bonds; term structure of interest rate; yield curve fitting; bond portfolio management; interest rate derivatives.
Special Topics in Finance
"Financial planning and assessment of financing needs; cost of capital estimation and capital budgeting; weighted average cost of capital model; adjusted present value model; corporate financial decisions and their impact on firm valuation"
Emerging Capital Markets
"Development of emerging capital markets; cross-border capital flows; governance and regulations; valuation challenge in emerging markets; risk analysis and assessment; issues in emerging equity and bond markets."
Overview of FinTech business; WealthTech; robo advisory; algorithmic trading, blockchain technology; digital asset and cryptocurrency; decentralized finance (DeFi), crowdfunding; virtual banking; FinTech fundraising
Sustainable Finance and Governance
Sustainable finance concept; corporate governance; corporate social responsibility; environmental finance; ESG compliance; sustainability reporting; ESG integration; ESG risk management
"MSF is one of the top of mind for financial school in Thailand. Not only the theories I learned, but also practical cases which is very useful.
With proficient professors and interesting curriculum, a year spent in this program was a great opportunity for accelerating my career path in finance."
Chuleephan Patiyatyothin (FT19) Financial Consultant (Assistant Vice President), KKP Private Wealth Management


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Tentative Dates for 2024 Admission

Deadline for application submission of batch#1
26 January 2024
Interview of batch#1
6 February 2024
Deadline for application submission of batch#2
30 April 2024
Interview of batch#2
14 May 2024 (Full-Time)
15 May 2024 (Flexible)
Admission decision notification
23 May 2024
"The MSF program provided me with a strong theoretical foundation to better understand and analyze financial markets, products, and risks. It also sparked my desire to become a more well-rounded and proactive financial regulator, equipping me with the skillsets to pursue a second Master’s degree at Harvard University, work with FinTech startups, and think critically when balancing financial innovation with financial stability and consumer protection.”
Tunyathon Koonprasert (FX9) Senior Analyst, Bank of Thailand, and Project Manager, Alliance for Financial Inclusion