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Bimbin Purity Chepkemoi - Masters Student, St. Paul’s University, Kenya

Steve Ndung’u - St. Paul’s University, Kenya

Julius Kahuthia - St. Paul’s University, Kenya


Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) have surfaced as a growing segment in the financial sector as they complement the mainstream banking institutions to provide financial services to customers. In the present day’s dynamic business environment, these financial institutions face market risks including interest rate risk, foreign exchange risks, commodity risks and equity. The objective of the study was to examine the effect of interest rate risk on the financial performance of NBFIs listed on the Nairobi Stocks Exchange (NSE) over the period 2012–2017.  The study focused on balance sheets components and financial ratios of 9 listed non-bank financial institutions in Kenya. The study used unbalanced panel data from 9 listed non-bank financial institutions over the period 2008–2017. The study used the net profit margin to assess financial performance of the companies while the degree of financial leverage indicators of interest rate risk. The financial performance was regressed against the market risk factors using the random effects models based on the Hausman and the LM tests specifications. The results show that financial leverage has a significant positive impact on the performance of the NBFIs with a p value of 0.000. The study concluded that interest risk has momentous effects on financial performance of the listed NBFIs in Kenya. Therefore, the study recommended that the management of the NBFIs should employ effective risk management strategies to mitigate their effects of the market risks.

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