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Thinly Traded Security

An inactive or infrequently traded bond or stock. Thinly traded securities are usually traded in small batches, approximately five shares at a time. Thinly traded securities are fairly illiquid and may be difficult to sell in a downturn. Their prices are also volatile because a small change in demand can greatly affect the price. Thinly traded securities are sometimes called cabinet securities because they are kept in cabinets on the trading floor until they are needed. See also: Cabinet crowd, Inactive post.

thinly traded security

A security that trades with little volume. Institutional investors usually exclude these securities from their portfolios because of the large price changes that would occur if trades of any significant size took place.
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Companies that use such third-party valuations for thinly traded securities, known as tier two assets, "can't simply take the numbers as gospel," Jason Plourde, a professional accounting fellow in the SEC's office of the chief accountant, told an American Institute of CPAs meeting in December.
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Gutstein's background and experience in the capital markets especially as they pertain to the marketing of small, thinly traded securities may help the company achieve increased visibility in the investment community that ultimately may further narrow the value gap.
Taxation of unrealized income would further inhibit market making activities because the market value of thinly traded securities held in inventory may be illusory, and it may be difficult for these dealers to liquidate sufficient positions in the securities to pay the tax.
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This forum will bring together a distinguished group of investment managers, independent auditors and academics to examine the critical issue of determining the fair value of international and thinly traded securities.
By benchmarking thinly traded securities against indicators of current market value, a mutual fund can be far more assured that its end-of-day NAV calculation will appropriately take into account fair value requirements for individual securities.