What motivates retail investors to invest in government-issued digital sukuk during COVID-19?

Bin-Nashwan, Saeed Awadh and Muneeza, Aishath and Kunhibava, Sherin (2022) What motivates retail investors to invest in government-issued digital sukuk during COVID-19? Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, 13 (3). 393 -424. ISSN 1759-0817, DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JIABR-12-2020-0387.

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Purpose: To analyse Sukuk Prihatin (SP), the first-ever retail digital sukuk issued by the Government of Malaysia in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the national economic recovery plan. The issuance of SP was oversubscribed, even upsized, resulting in the government announcing its intention to issue similar types of sukuk in the future. In light of this, the purpose of this study is to understand the motivation for retail investors to invest in SP. Design/methodology/approach: The purposive sampling method was applied via a self-administered survey, while the cross-sectional data were empirically tested using the SmartPLS 3.2.9 structural equation modelling. An integrated model of the theory of planned behaviour and social cognitive theories was used in determining investors’ intention to invest in SP. Findings: The findings of this research revealed that attitude (ATT) towards SP investment (SPI), social norms (SN), perceived control (PBC) regarding SPI, sukuk features (SF), tax incentives (TI) and the spirit of unity and brotherhood (SUB) were significant determinants of investors’ willingness to invest in SP. This research also provided evidence for significant national pride-moderated interactions of ATT, SN, PBC, SF, TI and digitisation on investment intention. Practical implications: The outcome of this study could assist governments and policymakers to structure sukuk and other debt-based capital market products to attract retail investors who would be willing to invest in the development of the nation in the midst of a crisis. Originality/value: This study is the first of its kind to investigate various relevant predictors, which have been derived from behavioural, contextual and motivational perspectives. These predictors could influence investors’ perceptions of an innovative sukuk like SP, which was issued in the midst of a pandemic. The value of this study is its possible use by governments and policymakers to further develop debt-based capital market products that have the dual function of an investment vehicle and a source of funds for the economic recovery of a nation. © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bond market; COVID-19; Digital sukuk; Investment decision; Retail investor; Sukuk Prihatin (SP)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Business
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2023 01:11
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 01:11
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/43326

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