European Commission helps shareholder engagement by rejecting the request led by financial intermediaries to delay the implementation of the new Shareholder Rights

Brussels, 4 June 2020 – On 29 April 2020 the heads of European and Member State organisations representing individual shareholders across Europe sent an Open Letter to the European Commission ...
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BETTER FINANCE response to the European Commission Public consultation on the review of the MiFID II/MiFIR regulatory framework

Summary: General comment The review of the MiFID II framework is timely and should be coordinated with the other ongoing actions and policy areas, i.e. PRIIPs and the work done ...
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The EU Supervisor falls short of advising a complete ban on commissions for “retail” investment advisors

Brussels, 4 May  2020 - On 1 April 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice on “inducements” (and on the disclosure of costs and charges) under ...
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Open Letter to the European Commission – EU Investors against any postponement of the implementation of the Shareholder Rights

The heads of European and Member State organisations representing individual shareholders across Europe sent an Open Letter to the European Commission opposing lobbying attempts by powerful financial intermediaries to postpone the ...
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BETTER FINANCE welcomes the new European Guidelines on Funds’ “Performance” Fees

On 3 April the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final guidelines on performance fees in investment funds, applicable to Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) ...
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BETTER FINANCE response to ESMA’s Call for Evidence on the Impact of the inducements and costs and charges disclosure requirements under MiFID II

BETTER FINANCE welcomes this timely assessment and evidence gathering on the application of the new MiFID II rules on disclosure for inducements and costs. However, it is very unfortunate that, ...
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BETTER FINANCE’s feedback to the EC Consultation on the Development of EU Ecolabel criteria for Retail Financial Products

The creation a of well-designed Ecolabel is key to addressing the very real issue of existing national labels being granted to products that do not comply with existing investor protection ...
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Open Letter ECON Committee: ESMA’s and EIOPA’s draft level 2 rules for the Key Information Document (“KID”) of “retail” investment products (“PRIIPs”)

Dear Ms Tingali, Dear Members of the ECON Committee, “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”. (Ezra Solomon, Stanford Professor of Finance) We are writing ...
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