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World Savings Day


​​​​​World Savings Day​​​

World Savings Day is an event created to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of savings both for modern economies and for individuals alike. Savings is important in the global economy and every depositor contributes to its development. 

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World Savings Day 2017 Kick-off Event: “Our future starts with savings "

Thursday, 26 October 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.


Celebrate World Savings Day with WSBI – the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute!

The mid-morning event will kick-off with opening remarks by Mr. Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Employment. Presentations follow by Ms. Florence Raineix, President of Finances & Pédagogie and Director General of the Fédération Nationale des Caisses d'Epargne, and Dr. Bettina Fuhrmann, Head of the Institute for Economic Education at the Vienna University for Economics and Business.

The event concludes with a panel to provide update on how savings and retail banks are meeting the financial education and financial inclusion challenge. The panel includes Jean-Paul Servais, Chairman, Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority, and Wessel van Kampen, Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International.

Networking lunch scheduled immediately following panel at 12:45 p.m. 

Where: De Warande Club, Zinnerstraat 1, 1000 Brussels.

RSVP: Please reply by Friday, 20 October to

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About World Savings Day

For more than 90 years, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute and its members have spearheaded annually a day dedicated to promoting the virtue of people saving money. Called World Savings Day, it was the first initiative of WSBI, the voice of savings and retail banks in close to 80 countries, the day remains relevant for members who engage actively in celebrating in their local areas. World Savings Day is celebrated in countries around the world.


Why it's important

For Brussels-based WSBI and its members, World Savings Day places added focus on the stabilising role played by savings and retail banking in the overall financial system. It evokes some of the ethos of local banks: responsible partners in communities, close to the customer, serving households, small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) and local authorities. ​WSBI member banks demonstrate their locally focused approach to banking through World Savings Day activities in the communities they serve.

A history of World savings day

The World Savings Day was established on October 31, 1924, during the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks) in Milano, Italy. The Italian Professor Filippo Ravizza declared this day the "International Saving Day" on the last day of the congress.

World Savings Day or World Thrift Day was established to inform people all around the world about the idea of saving their money in a bank rather than keeping it under their mattress.

There had been some examples of days that were committed to the idea of saving money to gain a higher standard of life and to secure the economy. For example,  the first national thrift day ​was celebrated in 1921. In other countries, such as Germany, peoples’ confidence in savings had to be restored because many ​people didn’t even think of saving since they had lost close to everything in the German monetary reform of 1923.

After the Second World War, World Thrift Day continued and reached the peak of its popularity in the years between 1955 and 1970. It became a veritable tradition in certain countries. In Austria, for instance, the official mascot of saving, the so-called ‘Sparefroh’ (literally: ‘Happy Saver’) reached a higher degree of brand awareness than the republic’s President and even a street was named after him. In the 1970s the ‘Sparefroh-Journal’, an educational magazine for younger people, reached a circulation of 400,000 copies.

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