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Embedded options and the issue of Gharar. Malaysian empirical evidence

Haron, Razali (2014) Embedded options and the issue of Gharar. Malaysian empirical evidence. In: InauguraI International Conference of Finance and Financial Services 2014, 5-6 May 2014, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Despite its accelerating use in the financial market, equity warrants receive contradicting opinions in terms of its permissibility based on the Shariah principles. This study will examine the existence of gharar element in the pricing of an embedded options, warrants, especially in the case of mispricing. The Black Scholes Option Pricing Model (BSOPM), a robust set of methods, is used to analyze the pricing efficiency of warrants market and to detect any mispricing in warrants contracts in Malaysia. Looking from the perspective of informationally efficient market, there seemed to be pricing inefficiency in Malaysia warrants market in reference with their theoretical values. This mispricing of warrants indicated inefficiency in the Malaysian warrants market and the element of gharar in warrants contract is viewed from the mispricing detected in the study. Mispricing of warrants in Malaysian market indicates speculative activities and speculation is not allowed in Islam. Speculation is prohibited in Islam as it may contain gharar (uncertainty) and maysir (gambling). These may then result in wealth accumulation at the expense of other parties’ jahl (ignorance). This activity violates the concept of adl (justice), does not serve the concept of maslahah (public interest) and does not follow the Maqasid al Shariah.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Embedded options,Gharar, Malaysian empirical evidence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG4001 Financial management. Business finance. Corporation finance.
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Finance
Depositing User: Dr. Razali Haron
Date Deposited: 16 May 2014 12:11
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 08:30
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/36523

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