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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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You are here, croons the shot, and we are--flesh buffed to a grainy abstraction: the body is not itself but some gorgeous, heavy furniture liquidly arranged, the throat swollen to an umbrella stand, the heroine's coiffure a compote full of black plums.
The exotic Nayada is defined by a liquidly classical style, with gracefully flowing arms; her opposite number, the fisherman's village girlfriend (Elizabeth Harano), conveys down-to-earth appeal through sparkling beats and dazzling demi-caractere footwork.
In individual cases and for small projects it may be that considerable financial liquidly and tax considerations lead to early replacements, in order to create the possibility of depreciation for tax purposes.
Harrison follows Racine in the overall arrangement of scenes, and his pentameter couplets crackle with electricity or side by liquidly at levels of speed and intensity approximately Racinean, but Harrison allows himself the liberties he needs to give point and pungency to his Raj parallels.
We focus on the Henry Hub price in Louisiana, the most liquidly traded natural gas hub in the country.
Industry experts expect this trend to continue throughout 2012 with a significant increase in Sukuk issuance as Islamic Capital Markets perform well against the financial crisis and liquidly crunch of 2011.