Institutional investors came back to the securities markets in droves in 2009 after fleeing during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, according to The 2010 Institutional Investment Report released by The Conference Board earlier last month.
The report showed that institutional investors owned 73 percent of the top 1,000 companies in 2009 compared to 69 percent in 2008. However, at the 50 largest companies their average ownership concentration was reduced from 64.5 percent to 63.7 percent.
Overall, total institutional investment assets rose 14 percent to $25.35 trillion, a level that hadn’t been reached since the end of 2007, when it was $28.27 trillion. [See press release] via Report: Institutional Investors Owning More of Larger Companies | Governance Center Blog, 11/23/2010.