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Finance & Accounting
Pages 7 (1757 words)
The Role of Institutional Investors in Financial Markets In many financial markets, particularly in developed economies (with the exception of countries like Japan), institutional investors have grown by leaps and bounds. For example, in the United Kingdom, 75% of the market valuation of all stock is held through institutional investment.
This development has shifted the attention to the role and importance of institutional investors to financial markets. What this means is that these entities came to dominate and dictate the trajectory and the pattern of investment choices, affecting the dynamics of financial markets in the process. This paper will explore this theme. This objective will be undertaken in the context of financial markets with high institutional investors. Institutional Investors: A Background There is no standard definition or precise concept explaining the dynamics of institutional investors. But Lumpkin (2000) offered a general view, which will effectively serve the purpose of this paper. He explained that institutional investors are those financial institutions that invest savings of individuals and non-financial companies in the financial market (pp.195). The breadth and diversity of this definition can be tempered by a key requirement: That, money is being managed by institutions as distinguished by those administered by retail investors. ...
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