The European Commission (EC) engaged in a project of overhauling the EU financial framework in line with the actions identified in the “Action Plan: Financing a Sustainable Growth”. The project consists of a package of measures (amendments to existing legislative and non-legislative acts; adoption of delegated acts) in order to increase transparency and disclosure of

BETTER FINANCE welcomes the report from ESMA on the cost and performance of retail financial investment products in the EU that provides an initial mapping of the current state of the market concerning UCITS, AIFs and structured retail products (SRPs). This annual statistical report complements the other valuable research releases by ESMA – i.e. the

BETTER FINANCE’s response to the questionnaire on the development of EU Ecolabel criteria for financial products.

BETTER FINANCE has been stressing for several years the crucial need for insurers to invest much more of their own risk assets into equities. The own risk equity assets of Western European insurers had already gone down from 22% in 2001 to 8% in 2010. In 2016, the own risk equity assets of EU insurers

BETTER FINANCE welcomes and appreciates the effort of the European Commission and of the European Supervisory Authorities to put forward proposals for targeted amendments of the Delegated Regulation (DR) concerning the presentation and content of the key information document (KID) for Packaged Retail and Insurance-Based Investment Products (PRIIPs).

BETTER FINANCE welcomes and appreciates the effort of the European Commission and of the European Supervisory Authorities to put forward proposals for targeted amendments of the Delegated Regulation (DR) concerning the presentation and content of the key information document (KID) for Packaged Retail and Insurance-Based Investment Products (PRIIPs). First, BETTER FINANCE finds that the very

As representative of investors and financial services users, BETTER FINANCE has raised concerns regarding the PRIIPs KID legislative framework in terms of investor protection and in particular the fact that standardised, easily comparable and long-term past performance data (of both the product and its chosen benchmark) are eliminated under the PRIIPs delegated regulation. The elimination

BETTER FINANCE welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Commission’s proposal on low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks released as part of the Sustainable Finance Action Plan of the European Commission. EU citizens as savers and individual investors are the main provider of long term funding to the EU economy and are mostly

Investment firms shall act in accordance with the best interest of their clients. As such, when providing investment advice and portfolio management, they must disclose information on the ESG of each financial product offered to the client before providing investment services. The asset managers must explain to the client how his or her ESG preferences

Investment firms shall act in accordance with the best interest of their clients and as such, when providing investment advice and portfolio management, they must disclose information on the ESG of each financial product offered to the client before providing investment services. The asset managers must explain to the client how his or her ESG