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.

ESMA sets out its strategy on sustainable finance

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, published its Strategy on Sustainable Finance. The strategy ...
/ News, Sustainabe Finance

Project Syndicate: The EU’s Risky Green Taxonomy

[...] The European Commission's so-called “taxonomy” for classifying green investments should address three important questions. Unfortunately, the Commission's one-dimensional approach ...
/ Press Releases, Sustainabe Finance

High-level Debate on the Ambitious but Vague EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL: will it provide EU citizens with Sustainable Value for Money?

The new President of the European Commission refers to the European Green Deal as “Europe’s man-on-moon moment”. BETTER FINANCE strongly ...

European Proposal for Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) disproportionately targets EU Citizens rather than Financial Institutions

Brussels, 21 January 2019 – Back in 2013, BETTER FINANCE clearly expressed its support for a European Financial Transaction Tax ...
/ News, Sustainabe Finance

Bloomberg: BlackRock Puts Climate at Center of $7 Trillion Strategy

BlackRock Inc. will ditch investments with high sustainability-related risk as climate concerns drive a sweeping change in the way the ...
/ Press Coverage, Sustainabe Finance

Responsible Investor: Proposed EU Ecolabel to allow up to 80% of fund assets to go into non-green equities

The EU’s nascent sustainable funds label has been amended after being described as ‘too ambitious and not achievable’ [...] The ...

Citywire: Nordic regulators to crack down on greenwashing

The Danish financial regulator, the FSA, and its Norwegian counterpart Finanstilsynet, stated that the increasing supply of investment products marketed ...

EU citizens for Sustainable Value for Money

Closing Speech by Guillaume Prache at the Sustainable Value for Money Conference on 20 November 2019 -- Download the PDF ...
/ News, Banking, FinTech, Robo-advice

J.P. Morgan Chase to launch a robo-adviser with free ETFs

J.P. Morgan Chase is launching a digital investing service called “You Invest Portfolios”. For an annual fee of 0.35% of ...

FCA fines Henderson £1.9m for Closet Indexing

Already back in 2014 BETTER FINANCE denounced the practice of closet indexing. It launched a campaign against those funds that ...
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