In the 2017 EC Consumer Finance Action Plan, the Commission undertook to monitor the distance selling market of retail financial services in order to identify the potential consumer risks and business opportunities in this market and, on that basis, decide on the need to amend distance-selling requirements. In this context, a behavioural study was conducted:
On 29 September the BETTER FINANCE Scientific Council convened to discuss next year’s research programme and elect a chairperson. The extensive research work carried out by the BETTER FINANCE Team over the last year was also praised by the Council. The Scientific Council consists of highly skilled and experienced independent academics who help BETTER FINANCE
Thanks to the stellar lineup of international and Slovenian speakers and panelists, you were numerous in attending the joint BETTER FINANCE and VZMD International Investors’ Conference in Bled, Slovenia on 13 September. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation! You were also joined by over 350 participants who followed the conference online, with live streaming on
Dear Members and Friends, We were very saddened to learn of the death of Roger Ganser, the former Chair of the World Federation of Investors (WFI), on 16 July 2021. BETTER FINANCE and WFI maintain a very close relationship since many years. Both international investor organisations also share many members and frequently hold joint events.
7 July 2021 – The European Commission (EC) has adopted a new ‘Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy‘ or Sustainable Finance Strategy. BETTER FINANCE commends the EC for this important step and fully supports its stated goals, especially the move towards ensuring more and better access for consumers to “transition finance”. It
Following on the heels of its 2020 video on “why to invest in shares?” (published exclusively in French), BETTER FINANCE now launches a new educational video on “Investing in Funds”, in English as well as in French. This latest video takes a deeper look at investment funds in Europe and explains how individual investors can
In the study about the Solvency and Financial Condition Reports (SFCRs) – that have to be disclosed under the Solvency II Directive (Art. 51) – we take a closer look at eight different figures that are calculated and rated: Transparency, expressed on a point scale (from -2 to 19); Solvency ratio, expressed as a percentage
Besides their fundamental business figures, insurance companies have to disclose how stable and secure they are in annual “solvency” reports. In 2021, for the first time, BdV – Europe’s most important association for insurance policyholders – in cooperation with BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Financial Services Users – analyse these reports from the 10