Council of Institutional Investors


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Council of Institutional Investors

A non-profit organization that promotes the interests of institutional investors in the United States. The Council of Institutional Investors provides members with lobbying, educational, networking, and other similar services. There are more than 140 members, mainly pension funds, of the Council of Institutional Investors; members control a combined $3 trillion in assets. The Council was established in 1985 and maintains its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Council of Institutional Investors

An organization of approximately 120 large pension funds formed in 1985 to address investment issues affecting its members. The Council provides its members with educational seminars and a variety of legal, research, and regulatory services.
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The relatively weak language of the Council of Institutional Investors' policy statement, model letter, and model contract provision, quoted above, suggests that institutional investors recognize that convincing private equity funds to impose takeover-friendly charters on their portfolio companies may not be the "easy sell" that Treasurer O'Brien predicted in her speech.
Opler and Jonathan Sokobin found that firms appearing on focus lists distributed by the Council of Institutional Investors between 1991 and 1994 saw their share prices outpace the S&P 500 by a substantial margin in the two years after being listed.
Ann Yerger spoke on behalf of the Council of Institutional Investors, a lobbying group.
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Companies pushed to reform by members of the Council of Institutional Investors subsequently outperformed the Standard & Poor 500 by 14 percent, according to a study by the Council.
Such a despotic situation hardly fosters competence, says Sarah Teslik, executive director of the Washington-based Council of Institutional Investors. And it may drive an heir to demand a job for which he or she is unsuited.
The Council of Institutional Investors, the principal trade group for pension funds, is reportedly opposing the adoption of poison pills, attacking compensation packages of top managers, and demanding--and in some cases successfully installing--outside directors on corporate boards, See "The Battle for Corporate Control," Business Week, May 18, 1987, pp.
For many public pension fund trustees, most notably, those whose pension funds are members of the Council of Institutional Investors, proxy voting is one form of monitoring and improving the performance of the stocks that are held in their investment portfolios.
The Council of Institutional investors, organized in January 1985, represents public pension funds owning more than $100 billion of assets.
Universal proxy cards have been advocated for by institutional investors, including by the Council of Institutional Investors, as a way to ensure a fairer, less cumbersome voting process.
According to the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), my 2002 petition to the SEC "re-energized" the debate over proxy access to nominate directors.
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