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In context of securities, easily traded or converted to cash.
In context of a corporation, the state of having enough cash and cash equivalents to cover short-term obligations.


Easy convertibility into cash. A liquid asset or security can be easily bought or sold with little or no impact on price. Most methods of counting money supply include some highly liquid investments such as certificates of deposit. Liquid assets and investments are highly desirable as they may be sold to allow an investor to enter other investments as they arise. On exchanges, liquid investments usually have low bid-ask spreads. See also: Illiquid, Liquidity preference hypothesis.


1. Of, relating to, or being an asset that may be bought or sold in a short period of time with relatively small price changes engendered by the transaction. A U.S. Treasury bill is an example of a very liquid asset. (Many issues of municipal bonds are not very liquid.) Compare illiquid.
2. Of, relating to, or being an investment position in which most of the assets are in money or near money. This kind of position generally earns a relatively low return but allows the investor to take advantage of other investment opportunities.
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Though the industry will be faced with the restraints of proving the effectiveness of technologies to investors and confronting a weak global economy, the gas to liquids market is likely to provide substantial opportunities for potential investors.
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The rate constants in several ionic liquids are much lower than those determined in aqueous solutions and close to those measured in low-polarity organic solvents such as ethanol.
The lack of solid-solid plug-wall interaction and the absence of rolling floes both suggest that viscous liquids effectively weaken the network structure, even at low viscosities.
Choose soft, moist foods and thick, icy liquids first, as they are the easiest to swallow.
Like everything else in the world, liquids are made of tiny particles.
Pumps for liquid metering/proportioning and systems for in-line blending of two or more liquids.
The patent covers arrangements of jet nozzles which create a unique, substantially helical, volume filling flow in large tanks containing liquids and slurries, resulting in major improvements in process efficiency and reduction in operating costs.
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Organotins include butyls, methyls and octyls, solids and liquids, sulfur and nonsulfur types for both high-impact and unmodified rigid compounds, including weather-resistant systems.