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What Is an Institutional Investor? Definition, Types, & Importance

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By TheStreet Staff What Does “Institutional Investor” Mean? The term “institutional investor” refers to an entity or organization (like a bank, pension fund, or insurance company)—that invests substantial sums of money in the securities marketplace on behalf of its constituents (members, clients, customers, etc.). Institutional investment entities are run by savvy professionals who have the best possible data at their fingertips, so where they go, ordinary investors and analysts follow. Additionally, some institutional players are accredited, which allows them access to unregulated securities …

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