In 2021, the total income generated by securities lending operations globally stood at €7.8 billion, up by 21% compared to 2020. The majority of operations and lenders are outside the EU, and around 88% of securities on loan were sovereign bonds and equities. In the EU, lenders cannot derive any profit from securities lending. All

The objective of this project is to understand the perceived experience of market participants with special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), including investment professionals as well as the recipients of financial services and products (i.e., retail investors). The study presents professional and retail investors’ views on the main issues that pertain to SPAC vehicles: transparency and

BETTER FINANCE screened available evidence (literature, surveys, experiments, and statistical data) comparing the impact of allowing the receipt of “inducements” by distributors or brokers of “retail” investment services and products, versus banning it. Two jurisdictions in Europe already banned the receipt of commissions for the distribution of retail investment products: the United Kingdom, since 2012,

The general meeting is the cornerstone of shareholder democracy. It is not only where voting on major company decisions takes place, but also the only place where private shareholders can engage with board members and their fellow shareholders. As shown in last year’s report, the Corona pandemic badly affected shareholder rights and engagement in the

BETTER FINANCE continued its research series into Robo advice with this sixth annual edition, mapping start-up platforms that provide Robo-advisory and investing services, and analysing their user-friendliness, transparency, costs, portfolio composition, the suitability of their recommendations, and sustainability (through mystery shopping). This year the research team selected 18 platforms providing investment advice in 11 countries

BETTER FINANCE presents its Evidence Paper on Banning Inducements in retail investment services. BETTER FINANCE screened available evidence (literature, surveys, experiments, and data) on the effects of allowing vs banning the receipt of inducements by distributors of retail investment services and products. Inducements designate remunerations, such as commissions or kickbacks, paid by third-party financial firms to

In June 2021, the German Association of Insured (BdV), together with the analyst Carsten Zielke and the European consumer organisation BETTER FINANCE, presented the results of their analysis of the current SFCR (Solvency and Financial Condition Report) of selected European life-insurers. Following up on this, BETTER FINANCE and BdV discussed their methodological approach, the interpretation

More than a year after the entry into force of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and of the Regulation on Key Information Document for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs KID), BETTER FINANCE sought the views and experience of its member associations and their individual members on the effectiveness of

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BETTER FINANCE published the ninth edition of its “Real Return of Long-Term and Pension Savings report | 2021 Edition”. Download the report in English for free here. Should you like to order a physical copy please contacts us at This year there is also a user-friendly online interface showing the nominal and real net