Joint AGE Europe & BETTER FINANCE Virtual Workshop         10h30-10h45      Keynote Speech Irene Tinagli (TBC), MEP, Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), European Parliament 10h45-10h50      Q&A 10h50-11h50      Panel moderated by Dr Ján Šebo, Senior Researcher, Matej Bel University Sustainable Pensions: Valuing Life & Value for Money | Didier

This report is a collaboration between analysts, actuaries, and researchers from consumer protection organisations. The purpose is to analyse and evaluate the fitness of a selection of life insurance companies’ solvency conditions and reporting. The solvency condition reflects how well-prepared an insurance company is to react and pay out insurance claims to policyholders in case

BdV and BETTER FINANCE once again examine the stability of the main EU insurers This year, the German Association of Insured (BdV) together with BETTER FINANCE and Zielke Research again examined selected European life insurers. The 10 largest life insurance companies from France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands were analysed. There are still considerable

What to expect from European Insurers in times of rising interest rates? On 20 September 2022 the German Association of Insured (BdV), together with the analyst Carsten Zielke and the European consumer organisation BETTER FINANCE, will present the results of their analysis of the current SFCR (Solvency and Financial Condition Reports) of life-insurers. For the

In a late bid to address soaring inflation in the Euro area, the European Central Bank (ECB) increased interest rates for the first time in 11 years in July 2022, raising its main rate to 0 percent after eight years of negative rates, and reaching 0,75% today. Notwithstanding, Eurozone inflation hit a new record high

BETTER FINANCE published a letter accompanying its response to the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) on its draft EU Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). In light of the proposals put forward by EFRAG, BETTER FINANCE would like to draw attention to the overarching themes that will ensure investors receive understandable, comparable, and reliable information which

BETTER FINANCE notes that the gap between users’ information needs and the sustainability information reported by undertakings is growing. Academic research demonstrates however that companies are reporting more often on aims and intentions rather than on actual actions and performance. Besides, there is a significant increase in demand for sustainability reporting information from undertakings which

Individual, non-professional (“retail”) investors are significantly interested in sustainable investments and by extension rely not only on more data on climate or sustainability-related risks and opportunities, but also on more comparable, and comprehensible data in order to understand the risks and opportunities entities are exposed to. In order to ensure investors receive consistent, comparable, and

On 27 July 2022 BETTER FINANCE wrote to Commissioner McGuinness to stress the importance of individual investors’ access to bias-free advice for the success of the Capital Markets Union and investor protection. In its letter BETTER FINANCE proposes a staggered approach as follows: Harmonising EU investor protection rules across all EU retail investment product sectors

| Original article from the FT, by Huw van Steenis, co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s finance council. | The Russian invasion of Ukraine is yet another reason why “investors and policymakers will need to destigmatise khaki finance — encouraging the greening of “grey” industries, rather than just backing the development of the greenest-of-green technologies”.