It is with great sadness that BETTER FINANCE learned on Monday 14 December 2020 that Wilhelm Rasinger, President of the Austrian Association for Investors (Interessenverbandes für Anleger – IVA) passed away. He was a great friend of our organisation and, even before his close involvement with the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users,

4 December 2020 – BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce the affiliation of a new member organisation in Greece. HELINAS, the Hellenic Investors Association, is a Non-Governmental Organisation established in 2017 in Athens that is working to uphold investor rights. It is also the leader in shareholder activism in Greece and represents individual and institutional

BETTER FINANCE thanks the ECB for this initiative to reach out to EU citizens as users of financial services and to the “civil society” at large. We acknowledge the major role of the ECB in addressing many short-term issues arising from the 2008 financial crisis and today from the COVID one: Financial repression at unprecedented

“It is the innate conservation of the people that has kept our money good in spite of the fantastic tricks which financiers play – and which they cover up with high technical terms. The people are on the side of sound money. They are so unalterably on the side of sound money that it is

We are writing to you on behalf of BETTER FINANCE – The European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, AEGEE–Europe (the European Students’ Forum) and EUROCHAMBRES – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – regarding several difficulties that European students face applying for the Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant. The signatories strongly support

Today the European Parliament (EP) voted on the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee’s own-initiative report on the further development of the Capital Markets Union (CMU).[1] The report calls for specific measures to help finance businesses, promote long-term and cross-border investment, strengthen market architecture and support retail investors. With more than 15 resolutions proposed or

The InsurTech wave of innovation introduces and transforms existing business models. The extensive use of third-party providers and outsourcing may lead to both as well as a possible fragmentation of the insurance value chain. Nonetheless, several incumbent insurance-related companies, more or less have become software companies. The degree of this transformation is marked by the

In a letter to the European Commission’s Directorate General in charge of Financial Stability, Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) dated 20 June 2020, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) informed that one of their respective Supervisory Boards did not approve the draft level 2 regulatory technical standards  (RTS) for the Delegated Regulation on key

The European federation of retail investors, BETTER FINANCE, has criticised the new composition of stakeholder groups at the European supervisory authorities, branding it “a step backwards with regard to a balanced representation between industry and consumers in EU financial rulemaking.” Read the full article here.

Brussels, 20 July 2020 – The new composition of the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) “Stakeholder Groups” is a step backwards with regard to a balanced representation between industry and consumers in EU financial rulemaking. This is the result of the recent ESAs reform, which reduced the quotas for consumers and academics in favour of financial