This is the speech given by Ashok Bathia at the IMF – NBB conference “Towards more Capital Markets Integration in Europe” in Brussels on September 10, 2019.
Every day we see a wide range of financial scams being promoted through social media. Consumers are attracted by high-yield investments. Criminals make them believe that they can earn a lot of money. They tell stories about huge profits. Consumers lose all the money they put in the hands of criminals. None of the money is ever invested.
The consequences of this kind of financial crime go well beyond the financial losses involved. Investment fraud can destroy not just the victim’s savings but also their mental and physical well-being.
The FSMA alert consumers to the risks of scams. We publish tips on how to recognise fraudulent activities. When the offer is ‘too good to be true’, it is probably a scam.
The FSMA regularly updates a warning list of companies who are not authorised in Belgium or are known for their fraudulent business. The FSMA conducts research on investment fraud and is working together with the police and judicial authorities on its prevention.
Een mens kan geen goed econoom zijn als hij niet ook iets anders is, zo hielden wijze economen ons voor. Economie is uiteindelijk altijd nadenken over waar het echt op aankomt in het leven en hoe dat best nagestreefd wordt. In “Economie en het goede leven, wat ik ervan geleerd heb” gidst ere-gouverneur Jan Smets ons langs 8 kantelmomenten in de Belgische economische geschiedenis van de jongste halve eeuw. We leren er hoe moeizaam dit land zich aan vernieuwing aanpast en hoe het nog steeds de gevolgen draagt van onverwerkt verleden.
This is the introductory speech given by Jean Hilgers at the Belgian Financial Forum Colloquium “Gender in finance: why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019
The topic of gender diversity, and of diversity and inclusion in general, is not new, on the contrary. Today, even more than before, it continues to be very pertinent and important.
In my experience, the topic of inclusive leadership and diversity has gained in importance because the challenges facing the financial sector can be best addressed by balanced and diverse teams.
Interview with Alexander De Croo, key-note speaker at the Belgian Financial Forum colloquium “Gender in finance; why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019.
Interview with Dirk Van Gerven, key-note speaker at the Belgian Financial Forum colloquium “Gender in finance: why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019.
In most European countries, women represent around fifty percent of all bank employees. This is surprising for most people, as the banking world, at the same time, still has a very masculine image. And indeed, when looking at the gender mix at the different hierarchical levels, we see that at Senior Management level less than 20% are women. Still, a large part of the financial world, especially in Belgium, did not yet act significantly to improve gender balance. It is to help implement this change that Women in Finance was launched, a year ago.
With the launch of "Women in Finance", Belgium is finally acquiring an instrument to raise awareness about the strategic importance of corporate gender equality in the financial sector for its performance, as well as for the country's economic health and for the building of a more egalitarian society. Financial institutions are at the heart of the capitalist system. Their sustainability and sense of responsibility are two essential factors in the well-being of our community.
Interview with Marcia De wachter, panel member at the Belgian Financial Forum colloquium “Gender in finance: why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019.