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.

Open Letter: Need for Joint Statement on Keeping European Markets Open

[...] The undersigned associations are writing to emphasise the importance of keeping the European financial markets open during this extraordinary ...
/ News, Life Insurance & Pensions

The need to make pensions clearer

Pension investors risk overpaying tens of thousands of pounds in fees as “shameful” industry practices make it hard for customers to ...

EU mulls changes to product rules in light of Mifid II review

The European Commission is probing the effectiveness of the product governance rules introduced to the industry in 2018 in its ...

European stocks edge lower after Coronavirus spread; investors react “complacent”

The fall in global equity and oil prices seen on Monday – and a simultaneous surge in the gold price ...

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 ...
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