Solvency Reports (SFCR) 2021 under examination: the Body Mass Index of the life-insurance industry | 2022 Edition

This report is a collaboration between analysts, actuaries, and researchers from consumer protection organisations. The purpose is to analyse and evaluate the fitness of a selection of life insurance companies’ ...
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European insurers between solvency, inflation and rising interest rates

BdV and BETTER FINANCE once again examine the stability of the main EU insurers This year, the German Association of Insured (BdV) together with BETTER FINANCE and Zielke Research again ...
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Financial Repression | Low ECB Interest Rates & High Inflation generate a Loss of €1 Trillion in Purchasing Power for European Savers in 2022 alone

In a late bid to address soaring inflation in the Euro area, the European Central Bank (ECB) increased interest rates for the first time in 11 years in July 2022, ...
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BETTER FINANCE response to the EFRAG Consultation on Draft European Sustainability Reporting Standards

BETTER FINANCE notes that the gap between users’ information needs and the sustainability information reported by undertakings is growing. Academic research demonstrates however that companies are reporting more often on ...
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BETTER FINANCE response to the ISSB Consultation on General Requirements for Disclosure and Climate-related Disclosure

Individual, non-professional (“retail”) investors are significantly interested in sustainable investments and by extension rely not only on more data on climate or sustainability-related risks and opportunities, but also on more ...
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Letter to Commissioner McGuinness: “Towards “Bias-Free Advice” for Retail Investors”

On 27 July 2022 BETTER FINANCE wrote to Commissioner McGuinness to stress the importance of individual investors' access to bias-free advice for the success of the Capital Markets Union and ...
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BETTER FINANCE response to the EU Commission Consultation on the New EU System for the avoidance of double taxation in the field of withholding taxes

Individual, non-professional (“retail”) investors are significantly demotivated or hampered from investing cross-border within the EU due to:
  • The widespread de facto double taxation of investment income within the “Single ...
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BETTER FINANCE appoints Jella Benner-Heinacher as its new President

From 15 June to 17 June, BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, and its Member Organisations gathered in Athens for their General Assembly and International ...
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ESMA Report Confirms BETTER FINANCE Findings of Investor Detriment through “Fixed Fee Splits” in Securities Lending

A report published on Tuesday 31 May 2022 by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), confirms BETTER FINANCE’s findings that fund managers often don’t seem to act in the ...
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