The AFM website has been renewed in order to align better with the need for information of the various users. The new design and structure will ensure better accessibility of AFM information as of today. The AFM's homepage has also been redesigned. AFM news has been given a central place on it. It will also be possible to follow new notifications in the public database in 'real time'. It will, for example, become immediately visible which press releases containing price-sensitive information have recently been filed with the AFM.
On the new website, each target group has its own page with information, so that visitors can find the information they seek as quickly as possible. These pages contain current information on AFM services and supervision, but also all legislation and regulations that apply. Part of the texts are now shorter and have been made more clear, which will allow visitors to the website to process the information more quickly. More texts will be adapted in the near future.
The digital desk and the frequently asked questions can be reached via the "Help" tab. Publications contains, inter alia, the press releases, lectures and investigation reports. Visitors can actively contribute to make the site even more user-friendly via the contact form at the bottom of each page. The concept of the website was tested among the various target groups last year. By the middle of this year, these target groups will be consulted again to establish where the new website still needs to be adjusted.
The consumer section of the AFM website was already adjusted at the start of 2008. This is where consumers can find information and resources to prepare themselves well for financial decisions. The AFM website is consulted by over 100,000 unique visitors each month. There were a total of approximately two million visits in 2009.
The AFM promotes fairness and transparency within financial markets. We are the independent supervisory authority for the savings, lending, investment and insurance markets. The AFM promotes the conscientious provision of financial services to consumers and supervises the honest and efficient operation of the capital markets. Our aim is to improve consumers’ and the business sector’s confidence in the financial markets, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In performing this task the AFM contributes to the prosperity and economic reputation of the Netherlands.
The AFM is committed to promoting fair and transparent financial markets.
As an independent market conduct authority, we contribute to a sustainable financial system and prosperity in the Netherlands.