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18/07/2017
 

BETTER FINANCE Annual Report 2016




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14/07/2017
 

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE PRODUCTS MUST FULLY COMPLY WITH CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES AND REALLY CREATE “LONG-TERM AND SUSTAINABLE VALUE”


BETTER FINANCE welcomes the Interim Report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance of the European Union, which highlights the need to “incorporate long-term and sustainable value creation”. BETTER FINANCE underlines the need to establish common definitions and standards at least at the EU level. Long-term and pension savers must be recognised as major stakeholders in sustainable finance who are not only there to pay the fees and bear the risks but also to get a fair share of the long-term rewards and benefit from fully transparent information including on risks, failures and weaknesses. Professional investors must dramatically increase their holdings in long-term assets. BETTER FINANCE also reminds the need to inform EU savers about the impact of applying ESG criteria on the actual long-term real performance. SRI funds must comply with EU rules on fair, clear and non-misleading information.

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11/07/2017
 

BETTER FINANCE SENDS RECORD NUMBER OF EXPERTS TO THE NEW EU FINANCIAL SERVICES USER GROUP (FSUG), EVEN THOUGH THE EU DECIDED TO ELIMINATE ALL COMPENSATION FOR ITS LITTLE RESOURCED USER-SIDE EXPERTS


In February 2017 the European Commission (EC) launched a call for candidates to renew its Financial Services User Group (FSUG). The new composition of the 20-strong expert group was announced today and BETTER FINANCE (the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users) is proud to announce that – together with its member organisations - it will provide a total of six experts in retail financial services (see list below). These nominations further reinforce the leading role of BETTER FINANCE in the EU Public financial advisory groups.

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29/06/2017
 

BETTER FINANCE APPLAUDS EU PROPOSAL FOR A PAN-EUROPEAN PERSONAL PENSION (PEPP) TO DIFFUSE THE TICKING PENSIONS TIME BOMB


With government pensions on the decline, and occupational ones covering only a minority of citizens and pension needs, all Public Authorities are asking EU citizens to save more and earlier for retirement. They are, surprisingly, omitting another crucial requisite for pension adequacy: decent net real (i.e. after inflation) returns. Compounded returns are the main – if often ignored - driver for pension adequacy .

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19/06/2017
 

Fin Tech A more competitive and innovative European financial sector


BETTER FINANCE welcomes the initiative from the European Commission on its consultation on FinTech. Our organization believes that indeed Fintech could make financial services more effective, more competitive and easier to use, and therefore benefit savers, individual investors and other financial services users. We write “could” as there are conditions for Fintech developments to translate into benefits for EU consumers, and also because a more definitive assessment would require a high level of knowledge and understanding of the newest digital technologies such as DLT, AI, etc. that we do not possess as an NGO with limited resources.

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14/06/2017
 

Robo Investing Report 070617




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