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.

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) re-appoints BETTER FINANCE candidate as only Board Member representing Retail Investors

BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce that Jella Benner-Heinacher, the Deputy Chief Director of the Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz (DSW) ...

L’Echo: Fees eroding Branch 21 returns

Original article in L'Echo Over the years BETTER FINANCE (Pension Savings - The Real Return) has warned authorities and stakeholders ...

Capital Markets Union at Risk as European “Retail” Investors have less and less access to Equity Market Data

Access to equity market data is essential for “retail” investors to make informed investment decisions. However, new research by BETTER ...

Consumer Access to EU Equity Trade Data

Transparent and consolidated trading venues are the foundation of efficient capital markets for individual investors, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) ...

BETTER FINANCE Position on Crypto Assets and Distributed Ledger Technology

Regulations on Markets in Crypto-Assets and the EU Pilot Regime for Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) based market infrastructures BETTER FINANCE ...

BETTER FINANCE further strengthens the voice of Financial Users in EU and International Public Financial Advisory Groups.

BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce that, also in 2021, it is well-positioned to remain the leader in providing high-level ...

BETTER FINANCE feedback to the European Commission’s Proposal for a Common Digital Plan – Europe’s Digital Decade – 2030 Digital Targets

The Covid-19 crisis showed how digitalization can play a useful role for consumers and businesses. However, digitalization and new emerging ...

GameStop Case Highlights Discrimination of “Retail” Investors in Stock Markets

In January, the market value of American video game and electronics retailer GameStop, driven by an “army” of “retail” investors[1], ...
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Spanish lawyer José F. Estévez appointed in Paris as member of the Advisory Committee of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

16 February 2021 - José F. Estévez, Managing Partner of CREMADES & CALVO-SOTELO ABOGADOS, has been appointed as a member ...
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