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

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

In September 2020, the Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD II) came into effect, meaning that, in theory, shareholders should now receive notifications of the dates and other key information regarding the general meetings of companies they hold in their portfolio, regardless of where in the EU these companies are located. This is meant to ensure

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

BETTER FINANCE is happy to announce that The European Banking Authority’s Banking Stakeholder Group (BSG) selected one of its previous vice-chairs, Alin Iacob, to join the BSG again. Alin Iacob is the Chairman of the Association of Romanian Financial Services Users (AURSF). AURSF has been a member of BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors