The effect of exchange rate volatility on market value of listed Commercial Banks in Kenya.
Habiba, Ahmed H L
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The theoretical and empirical relationship between market value and exchange rates has been debated for many years. Although scholars and practitioners have studied the subject extensively, the effects of monetary developments on stock markets are not completely understood. It has been argued that a change in capitalization could change exchange rates or a change in exchange rates could change capitalization. The study sought to determine the effect of exchange rate volatility on market value of listed commercial banks in Kenya. This study was guided on purchasing Power Parity (PPP), the comparative advantage theory, and the arbitrage-pricing theory.The study used a descriptive research. The study population was all the listed banks in NSE, eleven of them. Secondary datamarket value from financial statements of listed commercial banks in Kenya was collected. The study collected secondary data for the last five years starting year ist January 2012 to 31st December 2016 from the monthly reports remitted to the Central Bank of Kenya available on the CBK website and Central Bank of Kenya Resource Centre. The study conducted a regression analysis to establish the extent of relationship between volatility in exchange rate and market value. The study also concluded that there was positive correlation between the variables total market capitalization and monthly exchange rate volatility. The independent and control variables were found to be statistically significant determinants of market capitalization of commercial banks listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange. In this study, a conclusion was drawn that exchange rate volatility is a major determinant of the market capitalization at the commercial banks listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The study recommends that the management of the firms should implement policies on growth of the market value of the firm during the periods of high exchange rate to enjoy the benefits that come with such seasons. This study also recommends that the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and other regulators should plan and influence the macroeconomic variables such as money supply. For instance, the economy should have sufficient money supply to ensure that there is enough money to conduct trade in the economy
University of Nairobi
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