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Describing an asset that is difficult to sell because of its expense, lack of interested buyers, or some other reason. Examples of illiquid assets include real estate, stocks with low trading volume, or collectibles. Illiquid assets still have value and, in many cases, very high value but are simply difficult to sell. See also: Liquid.


(1) The condition of having insufficient cash to meet anticipated requirements,such as a business loan that is turned down because of the borrower's illiquidity, not because of problems with the borrower's credit rating or the value of the collateral. (2) The relative ease with which an asset can be converted to cash.The more difficult,the more illiquid the asset is.

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Using direct transaction cost measures for a long but cross-sectionally restricted sample of Dow Jones firms, Jones (2002) uncovers a positive relation between aggregate illiquidity and future market returns in a 1900 to 2000 sample but not in a post-1950 sample.
They found that local illiquidity risk is quite relevant for pricing of stocks in emerging markets.
Here's why I think the illiquidity issue is getting traction and why Nasdaq's move is well-timed.
Better than government bonds, but far less attractive than many other asset classes, particularly when adjusted for the illiquidity factor.
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To highlight why illiquidity has become such an issue, consider a statistic bandied about in the market: If mutual bond funds had reduced their positions by 5% in 2007, investment banks would have had to increase their balance sheets by 10%.
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Svetlana Vukcevik agrees with Minister Stavreski's statement that the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, which auctions treasury bills and collects money from banks, is to be blamed for the illiquidity but only to the point when we get reminded that the Government plays the same game too by selling other type of securities--government securities.
Two primary factors are the compensation investors require to hold a security that is less liquid than its nominal counterpart, termed the illiquidity premium, and the insurance value they attach to obtaining protection against inflation risk, known as the inflation risk premium.
The British banking system is floating face down in a pool of its own illiquidity and it's pointless us chucking it another lifeline" - Writer Will Self.
Nevertheless, the current levels of market illiquidity are elevated in relation to historical levels, and the issue of liquidity has become more important to fair value than it has been historically.