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.

Dismantling the Estonian Pension System is not the Answer

On Tuesday, 20 October 2020, the Supreme Court of Estonia ruled that the current government’s hotly contested pensions “reform” is ...

BETTER FINANCE Response to the EC Consultation on the new Consumer Agenda

Corporate social responsibility and pro-environmentalism has gained importance among consumers too often providing incentives for producers to brand unsustainable products ...

BETTER FINANCE Response to the EC Consultation on EU Green Bond Standards

The green bond market has been growing rapidly in the recent years. But several issues are affecting this market and ...

BETTER FINANCE feedback to the European Commission on Sustainable Corporate Governance

BETTER FINANCE warmly welcomes the European Commission initiative to improve the EU regulatory framework on company law and corporate governance ...
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Open Letter to the European Parliament requesting amendments to the Requirements for Application to the Erasmus+ Traineeship Grants

We are writing to you on behalf of BETTER FINANCE – The European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, ...

BETTER FINANCE Position Paper on Digital Finance Strategy

BETTER FINANCE welcomes the ECON’s legislative own-initiative report on Digital Finance assessing the regulatory and supervisory challenges on the digital ...

Financial Times: Coronavirus threatens Europe’s pension industry

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a blow to pension systems across Europe, heaping pressure on policymakers to introduce reforms to ...

The Real Return 2020 – Country by Country

The Real Return 2019 - Austria The Real Return 2019 - Belgium The Real Return 2019 - Bulgaria The Real ...
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