In the context of finance. absence of cash flow needed to fulfill financial debts and meet obligations. In the context of investments, describes a lightly traded investment such as a stock or bond that is not easily converted into cash. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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illiquid il‧liq‧uid [ɪˈlɪkwd] adjective FINANCE
involving things that cannot easily be changed into cash, or things that are difficult to buy and sell:

• real estate and other illiquid assets

• Because bank loans are typically illiquid, they are difficult for outsiders to value.

— opposite liquid
— illiquidity noun [uncountable] :

• The drawback is that small shares may be difficult to sell because of illiquidity.

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   Markets or instruments are described as being illiquid, or lacking depth, if there is a shortage of buyers or sellers. This shortage makes it difficult to find a true price for an illiquid security. The opposite of liquid.
   ► See also Liquidity.

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illiquid UK US /ɪˈlɪkwɪd/ adjective FINANCE
used to describe an asset that is not easy to sell and exchange for cash: »

Her investment is illiquid: it would take time to sell the properties in order to raise cash and release capital.

Compare LIQUID(Cf. ↑liquid)
illiquidity noun [U]

The illiquidity of these securities may negatively affect our ability to sell them.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • illiquid — USA Unable to be easily bought or sold in the market and therefore not easily converted into cash. Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. 2010 …   Law dictionary

  • illiquid — (adj.) 1690s, from IL (Cf. il ) not + LIQUID (Cf. liquid) in the financial sense …   Etymology dictionary

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