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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.
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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.
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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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We've had a notice in a church newsletter for unwanted liquidisers and I have got three.
THIS neat liquidiser has a 300-watt motor,1-litre capacity, single-speed setting and pulse control.
To make the beetroot puree, place the beetroot trimmings in a liquidiser and pulse until smooth.
If you're short on time, whizz it in the liquidiser then put it in a sealable beaker or flask to enjoy on your way to work.
Alternatively mix all the ingredients together in a liquidiser. Pour over the cherries.
Project X ends up as a high octane mixture of Trainspotting, Acid House, It's All Gone Pete Tong and Jackass - four dangerous ingredients blended in a liquidiser and then heated on full power in a metallic dish until the microwave door blows off.
If the mix splits, you can always bring it back to a smooth consistency by using a liquidiser or a hand blender.
Gateshead Mayor Joe Mitchinson also got in on the act by making his own fruit smoothie by pedaling as fast as he could on a bike with a liquidiser attached.
Blueberry Smoothie Blend together 175g (6oz) blueberries, a banana, a 150g carton of low fat natural yogurt and 300ml ( 1/2 pint) skimmed milk in a liquidiser until smooth and serve immediately.
Allow to cool before placing in a liquidiser. Dissolve the corn flour with the water and mix thoroughly, place in the liquidiser followed by the butter.
Either blend in a liquidiser or chop to make breadcrumbs
"I was desperate for a fish supper, though, so my missus solved the problem by putting it in a liquidiser so I was able to drink it through a straw.