Since 2012, BETTER FINANCE is the successor organisation to Euroshareholders, created in 1992 in Brussels to federate the associations of small shareholders throughout Europe.

The protection of the interests of individual shareholders are at the core of the mission of BETTER FINANCE. Individual shareownership of the European economy is very important to ensure an effective and long term financing of the real economy, as well as to improve the corporate governance of listed companies in Europe.Indeed, individual shareholders are mostly by nature long term investors and end-investors: they do bear the risks and rewards of share ownership contrary to “agency” ownership. They can also be “engaged” shareholders provided the exercise and enforcement of their rights are really there.

Unfortunately, financial EU policies have not been favorable overall to the development of individual share ownership in the EU despite the enactment of the EU Shareholders Rights Directive in 2007. As a result, the number of individual shareholders and their share of the EU listed EU companies capital has been going down during the last decades, to the benefit of “agency” ownership: investors who do not bear the risks and rewards of share ownership like investment funds. These agency owners have mostly a much shorter time horizon as demonstrated by their portfolio turnover rates, and charge fees to the beneficial owners.

BETTER FINANCE advocates for a stronger protection of individual shareholders rights.

Wirecard investors can now register their claims to participate in insolvency proceedings

Following the fallout from the Wirecard AG scandal BETTER FINANCE's German member organisation, DSW, the leading shareholder association in Germany, ...
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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, ...

WIRECARD – next steps for the abused investors

| UPDATE 12 October 2020: Wirecard investors can now register their claims to participate in insolvency proceedings | After publishing a ...

Covid-19 and its impact on shareholder rights – a survey for individual investors

Every year companies hold mandatory annual general meetings (AGMs) where management and directors generally present an annual report containing information ...

Q&A Catalogue for Wirecard Investors

BETTER FINANCE's German member organisation, Deutsche Schutzverein für Wertpapiersitz (DSW), published a series of Q&As for duped individual investors and ...

Asset News: BETTER FINANCE scolds new composition of EU supervisors’ stakeholder groups

The European federation of retail investors, BETTER FINANCE, has criticised the new composition of stakeholder groups at the European supervisory ...

EU Citizens as Users sidelined in favour of Financial Industry in European Financial Policymaking and Supervision

Brussels, 20 July 2020 – The new composition of the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) “Stakeholder Groups” is a step backwards ...

BETTER FINANCE Reply to the European Commission’s Consultation on the renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy

BETTER FINANCE believes that the main challenges and opportunities for next 10 years will be: Reorienting the equity and bond ...
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