BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce that Jella Benner-Heinacher, the Deputy Chief Director of the Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz (DSW) and BETTER FINANCE Vice-President, was appointed to the Board of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) as an observer with speaking rights to be the only representative of EU citizens as “retail” investors. EFRAG

Original article in L’Echo Over the years BETTER FINANCE (Pension Savings – The Real Return) has warned authorities and stakeholders of the damage caused by excessive fees to the returns on long-term and pension savings in Europe. Last July, BETTER FINANCE was joined by the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) that warned investors

Access to equity market data is essential for “retail” investors to make informed investment decisions. However, new research by BETTER FINANCE[1] found that the equity market data published by the four largest EU equity markets (in 2019, according to ESMA) on their websites are either totally or partially[2]  de facto not accessible for non-professional users.

Transparent and consolidated trading venues are the foundation of efficient capital markets for individual investors, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the economy as a whole. From a retail investors’ point of view, securities exchanges enable them to securely and rapidly sell or buy an asset at a fair price by connecting them with a

Regulations on Markets in Crypto-Assets and the EU Pilot Regime for Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) based market infrastructures BETTER FINANCE welcomes the initiatives and efforts of EU public authorities to accommodate emerging technologies in financial services whilst maintaining a safe and stable environment for consumers and financial services users to benefit of our single market

BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce that, also in 2021, it is well-positioned to remain the leader in providing high-level user-side experts to EU and International expert advisory groups in policy and regulatory matters impacting individual, non-professional users of financial services. At the European level, BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce that Desislav Danov from

The Covid-19 crisis showed how digitalization can play a useful role for consumers and businesses. However, digitalization and new emerging technological trends do not come without risks, scams, and fraud. This rapid digital transformation accelerated by the pandemic requires shaping the 2030 digital targets by putting people and the public interest back at the centre

BETTER FINANCE welcomes the Commission’s initiative to create a unique digital platform for investors to access all information about issuers of financial instruments and manufacturers of investment products. For a long time, BETTER FINANCE has called for standardising and aggregating in one source information, data, and documents on capital market investments (such as product databases

In January, the market value of American video game and electronics retailer GameStop, driven by an “army” of “retail” investors[1], shot up from $1.4 billion to $33.7 billion.  This dramatic increase in stock price caused hedge funds that were shorting[2] GameStop to “suffer” significant losses and accuse retail investors of market manipulation. This standoff between

16 February 2021 – José F. Estévez, Managing Partner of CREMADES & CALVO-SOTELO ABOGADOS, has been appointed as a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Corporate Finance Standing Committee Consultative Working Group (CWG). ESMA is an independent authority of the European Union (EU) that contributes to safeguarding the stability of the EU