For decades, proxy voting has been a pillar of capital markets, ensuring that shareholders have their voice heard through elected representatives. However, this process is under threat as shareholder influence has been consolidated by institutional investors and other organizations that now own between 70% and 85% of the ten largest American companies. Wielding tremendous market power, these large investors are often the most powerful voice at shareholder meetings and can influence corporate decision-making at a level unavailable to the individual and passive investor. Moreover, these large investors often have political motivations that conflict with their duty as fiduciaries.
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