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,

The annual general meeting (AGM) is the cornerstone of shareholder democracy and an essential part of sound corporate governance. Not only are AGMs the place where shareholders get to vote on key decisions, it is also the only time board members and management are held to account, having to answer directly to their shareholders and

The annual general meeting of shareholders (AGM) is the cornerstone for sound corporate governance. It is through the shareholders’ vote at the AGM that board members’ actions get legitimacy and validity. However, it is not only voting that takes place at an AGM. The shareholders’ meeting is the only place where directors must report to

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

The BETTER FINANCE welcomes the proposal put forward by the European Commission to simplify Prospectus disclosure rules for equity issuers in order to stimulate equity financing by companies in need and restore sustainable debt-equity ratios. We believe that both Capital Markets Union (CMU) and COVID-19 recovery policies should be tailored to attract more EU households

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

BETTER FINANCE thanks the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) for its “peer review” report on the Wirecard scandal. It is quite revealing of the many failures and conflicts of interests that can plague even the most resourced national financial supervisors. It is unfortunate however that ESMA did not look into the handling by the

To collect input for the European Commission’s work on a legislative initiative that aims to strengthen the investment protection and facilitation framework in the EU as part of the capital markets union action plan, the directorate-general for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union (DG FISMA) commissioned a study to collect evidence on investor

“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

Following the fallout from the Wirecard AG scandal BETTER FINANCE’s German member organisation, DSW, the leading shareholder association in Germany, launched an information campaign for duped investors, including a series of Q&As and a press release to inform abused investors about the next steps. Wirecard investors are entitled to register their claims in the insolvency