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.

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In Memory of Wilhelm Rasinger – the Champion of Austrian Individual Shareholders

It is with great sadness that BETTER FINANCE learned on Monday 14 December 2020 that Wilhelm Rasinger, President of the ...

The 2020 shareholder meetings harmed shareholder rights and often severely

The annual general meeting (AGM) is the cornerstone of shareholder democracy and an essential part of sound corporate governance. Not ...

The Future of General Shareholder Meetings: a BETTER FINANCE – DSW Study on the 2020 Virtual Shareholder Meetings in the EU

The annual general meeting of shareholders (AGM) is the cornerstone for sound corporate governance. It is through the shareholders' vote ...
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Greek individual investors join BETTER FINANCE via HELINAS

4 December 2020 – BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce the affiliation of a new member organisation in Greece. HELINAS, ...

BETTER FINANCE Position on the EC Proposal for an EU Recovery Prospectus

The BETTER FINANCE welcomes the proposal put forward by the European Commission to simplify Prospectus disclosure rules for equity issuers ...

BETTER FINANCE Response to the EU Investor Survey 2020

To collect input for the European Commission's work on a legislative initiative that aims to strengthen the investment protection and ...

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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