Hampered by fragmented and costly intermediated processes, less than half of European individual shareholders were able to exercise their voting rights at AGMs in 2022

For a third year in a row, a study by BETTER FINANCE and DSW still points to considerable barriers to shareholder engagement as the Shareholder Rights Directive II fails to ...
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Barriers to shareholder engagement | SRD II  Revisited (AGM season 2022)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Long-term investor engagement and sustainable corporate governance hampered by antiquated, fragmented and costly processes in the hands of financial intermediaries Despite the great importance the EU attaches to ...
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BETTER FINANCE response to the 2022 ESAs Call for evidence on Greenwashing

The practice of greenwashing, or marketing a product as environmentally friendly, when in fact basic environmental standards have not been met, can take many forms including misleading labels and unsubstantiated/vague ...
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/ Consultations, Sustainabe Finance

Potential ban on inducements reduced to false choice between “advice gap” and “biased advice”

In response to warnings about an “advice gap” if inducements – or rather sales commissions – were to be banned, BETTER FINANCE stresses that there can be no “advice gap” ...
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BETTER FINANCE position on the classification of investment funds regarding sustainability

EU Law rightly requires information provided to individual investors to be clear, i.e., “presented in a way that is likely to be understood by, the average member of the group ...
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EU Council set to backtrack on retail investor protection and CMU, contrary to SEC’s US capital markets reforms

On Wednesday 14 December, the United Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed Regulation Best Execution, seeking to establish a best execution regulatory framework mandating that securities brokers and dealers execute ...
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Shifting the Trillions | Why will private investors play a key role?

Research presentation by 2° Investing Initiative (2DII
  • Shifting the Trillions: the transition needs to be massive and transformative
  • Still, the funding gaps can be put in perspective with household savings
  • ...
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/ Research papers, Sustainabe Finance

Long-term and Pension Savings – The Real Return – 2022 Edition – Summary Booklet

BETTER FINANCE published the 10th edition of its “Real Return of Long-Term and Pension Savings report | 2022 Edition”. Download the full report in English for free here. A Summary ...
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BETTER FINANCE Concerned About the European Commission Abandoning the Necessary and Urgent Audit Reform Announced in November 2021

In June 2020, the Wirecard scandal unraveled, generating unprecedented retail investor detriment worth about €20 billion. BETTER FINANCE reacted, labelling it an “outrageous case of corporate governance, external auditing and ...
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BETTER FINANCE joint position paper on sustainability requirements in Solvency II

"BETTER FINANCE together with ShareAction, the German Association of the Insured BdV, Urgewald and WWF European Policy Office react to the Solvency II review on related sustainability requirements. Solvency II, ...
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