WFIC - World Federation of Investors Corporation
 













The World Federation of Investors is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose members are primarily national shareholders' associations. WFI was formed to promote investor education and shareholder advocacy. WFI helps national shareholders associations and investor advocacy groups better serve their members. more
2015 WFI ANNUAL MEETING – September 21 – 22
2015 WFI Annual Meeting - Bologna Italy

WFI 2015 Annual Meeting
September 21-22, 2015, Bologna, Italy

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2014 WFI ANNUAL MEETING – September 25 – 26

WFI Chairman Roger Ganser’s closing remarks at the Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Investors in Vienna, Austria.

Thank you, moderator Peter Muzik, distinguished speakers, RBI for hosting our Annual Meeting in their lovely facility, and to Willi Rasinger and his colleagues for being such gracious hosts during our three days in Vienna.

My role as Chairman of WFI and as a worldwide promoter of investor education came after a teaching career and a thirty-year career as a venture capitalist. I am currently serving a four year term on the USA Security Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee where I am a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Investor Education Subcommittee. This past year I was appointed to the Investor Issues Committee of the USA Financial Regulatory Agency (FINRA) who oversees all stock exchanges, brokers, advisors, and dealers. For the past six years I have represented individual investors at the New York Stock Exchange advisory committee. So, I understand the process of capital formation and the importance of capital formation to the future of a nation's economy and the welfare of its citizens. Financial literacy, which refers to very basic skills like balancing a check book, is a worldwide problem. Investor education is an equally critical problem if we are to enable individual investors to build wealth to insure their own quality of life. We require the cooperative efforts of governmental agencies, banks and exchanges, and non-profit investor education organizations to create nations of active and successful individual investors.

Below: Speakers at WFI sessions "Financial Education" and "Banking and Business in CEE and Russia" hosted by Raifeisen Bank International

Speakers at the WFI Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria

Herbert Stepic, Speaker at the WFI Annual Meeting in Vienna, AustriaAbove (from left): Eduard Zehetner, CEO, Immofinanz, AG; Roger H. Ganser, WFI Chairman; Dr. Wilhelm Rasinger, President, IVA and 2014 WFI host; and Peter Muzik, Moderator

Left: Herbert Stepic, Past Chairman, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

WFI VIENNA – POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
ecoDA Powerpoint Presentation

Lars-Erik Forsgårdh Dr. Forsgårdh spoke on governance issues and initiatives in the EU as a guest speaker at the WFI meeting in Vienna.

Information for Individual Investors Powerpoint Presentation
VIDEO REPORT

Video Report - Annual Meeting and Converence of WFI in Vienna.

EUROPEAN CONFEDERATION OF DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION

Former WFI CHairman Lars-Erik Forsgårdh is now Chairman of the European Confederation of Directors' Association, an independent voice advocating good corporate governance in the EU.

ROGER GANSER ELECTED TO WISCONSIN INVESTOR HALL OF FAME

Roger Ganser, the nationally known founder of Venture Investors LLC, Wisconsin's oldest and largest venture capital firm will be inducted into the Wisconsin Investor Hall of Fame during a November 12, 2014, dinner tied to the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. Read more

The USE Security Exchange Commission to Keep U.S. Accounting Rules

Any changes that the SEC makes to corporate accounting rules would preserve the U.S. version of financial statements for investors, an agency official said. SEC Chief Accountant James Schnurr said "U.S. issuers would voluntarily be able to provide supplemental IFRS financial information. Investors would continue to get their U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial information as they do today."


Photo from WFI VIENNA MEETING
WFI Vienna Meeting, Stan Grierson, ShareSoc UK and Oderinde Taiwo, Nigeria
Left: Stan Grierson, ShareSoc UK
Right: Oderinde Taiwo, Nigeria

Fédération des Investisseurs individuels et des Clubs d'investissement (F2iC)

France has over four million individual investors representing 105 billion Euros in assets. Like elsewhere in the world, those numbers were higher a decade ago. F2iC is successor to the French Federation of Investment Clubs (FFCI) which was founded in 1968. F2iC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote long-term financial savings by contributing to the development, improvement and maintenance of financial literacy of consumers, savers, investors, and individual shareholders. Read more


FINRA ANNOUNCES NEW
INVESTOR ISSUES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced the creation of a new Investor Issues Committee to advise FINRA staff on matters that significantly affect individual and institutional investors. WFI Chairman Roger Ganser was appointed to this committee as a representative of individual investors. Read more


WHY WFI BELIEVES IN STOCK OWNERSHIP

Personal investing in equity as a way of forming wealth should be promoted, since it enables individual investors to participate in the growth of business and thereby in the progress of nations and the world economy. Access to their own investment capital in stocks increases individuals' freedom of action and improves their chances of weathering financial difficulties. Private share ownership thus enriches the individual in a number of ways.

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