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Institutionalization
The gradual domination of financial markets by institutional investors, as opposed to retail investors.
    
An individual who purchases small amounts of securities for him/herself, as opposed to an Institutional Investor. also called individual investor or small investor is a retail investor. An  Institutional Investor is an entity with large amounts to invest, such as investment companies, mutual funds, brokerages, insurance companies, pension funds, investment banks and endowment funds.
    
The term institutionalization may be used as a term to describe both the treatment of, and damage caused to, vulnerable human beings by the oppressive or corrupt application of inflexible systems of social, medical, or legal controls by publicly owned, private or not-for-profit organizations or to describe the process of becoming accustomed to life in an Institution so that it is difficult to resume normal life after leaving.
    
In a corporate context, individuals who work within large established organizations can become socialized into organizational values and norms, and values and norms may become institutionalized.
Posted by  Convention of Independent Financial Advisors CIFA
 
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