Niranjan Sapkota is a full-time Ph.D. student in finance. His research focuses on fintech and digital finance, specializing in cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings with some published papers in highly ranked finance and economics journals such as Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Economics Letters, Finance Research Letters, and Applied Economics. His interests are also in the area of market microstructure, algorithmic trading, and high-frequency trading and working with intra-day data in R and Sparklyr. His research articles have been covered by the prestigious US business magazine, Forbes, and many other popular fintech sites like cointelegraph.com, medium.com, coinbet.com, etc. He has been awarded with a research grant of EUR 50,000 from the Foundation for Economic Education for a project related to fintech together with his Ph.D supervisor. Besides his research works Mr. Sapkota has been assisting on different courses, including master's and bachelor's thesis supervision.
Teachings and other Responsibilities (2016 - )
Digital Finance and Blockchain-based Payment Solutions (Course developer, teacher)
Corporate Finance (Exercises)
Advanced Topics in Finance: Fixed Income Analysis (Exercises)
Investment: StockTrak Assignment Evaluator
Bachelor's Thesis Supervision
Master's Thesis Supervision
Big Data Analytics (Contact Person)
Internship in Finance (Contact Person)
CME Trading Challenge 2018 (Team Supervisor, University of Vaasa)
Grobys, K., Junttila, J.P., Kolari, J.W. and Sapkota, N., 2021. On the Stability of Stablecoins. Journal of Empirical Finance, 64, pp.207-223. Paper
Sapkota, N. and Grobys, K., 2021. Asset market equilibria in cryptocurrency markets: evidence from a study of privacy and non-privacy coins. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, p.101402. Paper
Grobys, K. and Sapkota, N., 2019. Cryptocurrencies and momentum. Economics Letters, 180, pp.6-10. Paper
Grobys, K., Ahmed, S., & Sapkota, N., 2020. Technical trading rules in the cryptocurrency market. Finance Research Letters, 32, 101396. Paper
Ahmed, S., Grobys, K., & Sapkota, N., 2020. Profitability of technical trading rules among cryptocurrencies with privacy function. Finance Research Letters, 101495. Paper
Grobys, K., and Sapkota, N., 2020, Predicting Cryptocurrency Defaults, Applied Economics, 52(46), pp.5060-5076. Abstract
Sapkota, N., & Grobys, K. ,2020. Blockchain Consensus Protocols, Energy Consumption, and Cryptocurrency Prices. Journal of Energy Markets. Paper
Sapkota, N. and Grobys, K., 2021. Fear Sells: Determinants of Fund-Raising Success in the cross-section of Initial Coin Offerings. Available at SSRN 3843138. SSRN
Sapkota, N., 2021. News-based Sentiments and Bitcoin Volatility.
IRMC 2021, 14th Edition October 1-2, 2021, organized by the Risk Banking and Finance Society, in collaboration with the University of Florence, NYU Stern Salomon Center, USA along with the co-organizer Joint Research Centre (JRC)-European Commission and the host institution, the University of Cagliari, Italy.
4th Cryptocurrency Research Conference 16-17 September 2021, Centre for Digital Finance, the University of Southampton and the ICMA Centre, Online.
World Finance Conference, 3-6 August 2021, University of Agder, Kristiansand Norway
3rd Cryptocurrency Research Conference 14-15 September 2020, Centre for Digital Finance, the University of Southampton and the ICMA Centre, Online.
28th European Financial Management Association, 2019 Annual Meetings, June 26-29, 2019, University of Azores, Ponta Delgada, Island of S. Miguel, Portugal
17th Finance, Risk and Accounting Perspectives Conference, 23- 25 September 2019, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
FINANCE, PROPERTY, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ECONOMY CONFERENCE, 2?3 December 2019, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Workshops and Seminar Presentations
Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and Finnish Doctoral Program in Economics (FDPE), Winter Workshop in Finance November 12, 2021, Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, Finland.
Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and Finnish Doctoral Program in Economics (FDPE), Summer Workshop in Finance June 4, 2021, Zoom.
Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and Finnish Doctoral Program in Economics (FDPE), Winter Workshop in Finance November 15, 2019, Radisson Blu Seaside, Helsinki
Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and Finnish Doctoral Program in Economics (FDPE), Summer Workshop in Finance June 10-11, 2019m, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Seminar on Applications and Opportunities of Blockchain Monday May 20th, 2019, University of Vaasa, Finland.
Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and Finnish Doctoral Program in Economics (FDPE), Winter Workshop in Finance November 9, 2018, Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, Finland.
Reviewer Recognition / Certificate of Reviewing
International Review of Financial Analysis (Elsevier)
International Review of Economics and Finance (Elsevier)
Finance Research Letters (Elsevier)
Research in International Business and Finance (Elsevier)
Computer Communications- The International Journal for the Computer and Telecommunications Industry (Elsevier)
Financial Innovation (Springer Open)
The North American Journal of Economics and Finance (Elsevier)
SN Business & Economics (Springer Nature)
Grants and Awards
28.000 Euro research funding awarded from the FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION, Finland for project related to Entrepreneural Ecosystem (2021).
50.000 Euro research team funding awarded from the FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION, Finland for Business Renewal Using Digital Financial Markets and Blockchain (2020).
Intercontinental travel grant by Erkki Paasikivi Foundation (2019).
1. Forbes: How To Tell If Your Cryptocurrency Will Go Bust
2. phys.org: Study proposes a model to predict cryptocurrency defaults
3. TUNF: Ways To Know Whether The Cryptocurrency You're About Investing In Will Crash
4. COINBET.com: What happened to all those failed cryptocurrencies?
5. bitcoinbulletin.org: Finnish Study Reveals Trends Amongst Failed Cryptocurrencies
6. VAASA INSIDER: Forbes lyfter upp Vasa universities forskning omryptovaluta
7. THE CURRENCY ANALYTICS: Italy is relaxing its Ban and Coming down Easy on Cryptocurrencies
8. DOUG KNIGHT NEW CANAAN: SALEH STEVENS SHARES HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CRYPTOCURRENCY WILL GO BUST
9. COINTELEGRAPH: Is Technical Trading in Cryptocurrency Markets Profitable?
10. Medium.com: A Variable Moving Average Strategy for Bitcoin Outperforms HODLing
11. Morningpicker.com: Is It Profitable To Do Technical Trading In Cryptocurrency? Know the Pros and Cons.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsapkota/