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03.07.2018 10:33 Age: 80 days
Category: Events

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - INVESTOR EMPOWERMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE: HOW CAN WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

DATE: 3 JULY 2018 ǀ LOCATION: THE HESSIAN STATE REPRESENTATION IN BRUSSELS ǀ TIME: 09H00 – 14H30 CET ǀ WHAT: CONFERENCE & LUNCH


One of the main objectives of the crucial EU initiative for a "Capital Markets Union" (CMU) is to foster retail investments into capital markets. And retail investors are at the core of the CMU initiative. One major challenge rightly identified by the EU Authorities is the low level of financial literacy and the lack of equity culture in the EU. The 2018 BETTER FINANCE International Conference aims to analyse the most recent best practices in improving investor education, empowerment and awareness, and to propose a way forward to ensure a better return for EU citizens as long term savers and investors and, at the same time, a better financing of economic growth and jobs creation.

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09h00-09h30

Welcome coffee and registration

09h30-09h40

Welcome speech

Friedrich von Heusinger, Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU

09h40-10h00

Keynote speech

Paul P. Andrews, Secretary General of IOSCO

10h00-10h20

Introduction & Audience Quiz: Investing 101

Jella Benner-Heinacher, President of BETTER FINANCE

10h20-11h20

Panel I (FinTech – Robo Advice): Can the Fintech revolution empower EU citizens as savers and investors?

  • MODERATOR: Noel Maye, Chief Executive Officer at the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB)
  • Dr. Matt Connell, Policy & Public Affairs Director, CII, EFPA UK
  • Sebastian Hasenack, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Investify
  • Nick Blake, Head of Personal Investing at Vanguard, Europe
  • Aleksandra Maczynska, Executive Director of BETTER FINANCE

11h20-11h35

Coffee Break

11h35-12h45

“Elevator Pitches”: introducing two best practice cases of investor education in the EU using new technologies

  • From the Czech Repubic: FingrPlay by SČS, the Czech Consumer Association
  • From France: NextWise by f2ic, the Federation of Individual Investors and Investment Clubs

Panel II: The Way forward: how to empower individual investors to make better choices.

  • MODERATOR: Josep Soler Albertí, Chairman of  the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA EU)
  • Peter Kerstens, Adviser at DG FISMA, European Commission and Co-Chair of the FinTech Task Force
  • Rainer Riess, Director General of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE)
  • Dr. Jan Sebo, Associate Professor at the University of Matej Bel and Director at the Slovak Institute for Savings and Investments (ISI)
  • Michael Stephan, Chair of FinTechs 4 Europ, Co-founder / COO Raisin
  • Salvatore Gnoni, Team Leader for Investor Protection and Intermediaries at the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

12h45-13h15

Keynote speech

Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

What role should the EU play with regard to improving consumer and individual investor engagement with capital markets, a major goal of the CMU initiative, taking into account the potential offered by FinTech? What barriers need to be tackled to allow for adequately informed and empowered investors?

13h15-13h30

Conclusion

Guillaume Prache, Managing Director of BETTER FINANCE

13h30-14h30

Standing Lunch

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