BETTER FINANCE was created in 2009 following the financial crisis to federate all individual investor organisations in Europe including shareholders but not limited to these. BETTER FINANCE also looks after the interests of investors  in fixed income securities  like bonds, in  investment funds, in  life insurance pension fund well as those investing in bank saving products.

Today, individual investors are mainly offered “packaged” products rather than securities (shares and bonds): 78 % of EU households’ financial assets are held through these packaged investment products (life insurance, pension funds, bank accounts, investment funds). Since the financial crisis of 2008 new EU regulations have improved the protection of individual investors, but Better finance believes much is left to be done to ensure a consistent level of protection, of conduct of business rules and of key information disclosures.

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In Memory of Wilhelm Rasinger – the Champion of Austrian Individual Shareholders

It is with great sadness that BETTER FINANCE learned on Monday 14 December 2020 that Wilhelm Rasinger, President of the ...

Ensure a Level Playing Field for ELTIFs to Take Off

With merely 22 active funds, of which just a handful are marketed and distributed to individual, non-professional (“retail”) investors, the ...
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Greek individual investors join BETTER FINANCE via HELINAS

4 December 2020 – BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce the affiliation of a new member organisation in Greece. HELINAS, ...

BusinessGreen: EU watchdog slams Commission for appointing BlackRock as ESG finance advisor

"The European Union's watchdog has ruled the European Commission failed to adequately consider conflicts of interest when it appointed BlackRock ...

Subsidiaries and index guilt: Lithuanian parliamentary report holds major Scandinavian banks and credit market accountable for 2009-10 domestic downturn

BETTER FINANCE and its member, the Lithuanian Investors Association (LIA) took note of the Lithuanian Parliament report shedding light on ...

BETTER FINANCE corrects PensionsEurope’s mudslinging allegations on Bulgarian pension returns

On 25 September 2020, BETTER FINANCE released the eighth edition of its research report on the Real Return of Long-Term ...

BETTER FINANCE Position on the EC Proposal for an EU Recovery Prospectus

The BETTER FINANCE welcomes the proposal put forward by the European Commission to simplify Prospectus disclosure rules for equity issuers ...

Public Letter to the European Parliament’s ECON Committee: Harm Done to EU citizens as “Retail” Investors Through MiFID II “Quick Fixes”

We welcome the EC’s initiative to alleviate some regulatory requirements enabling EU capital markets’ potential to boost recovery from the ...
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