One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of assets) not easily converted into cash.‘illiquid investments’
- ‘Property is an extremely illiquid asset due to the long time and costs involved in selling a property.’
- ‘That's a ridiculous range for a relatively illiquid asset like housing.’
- ‘Residential real estate can be a very illiquid asset whose value is tied to the economic cycle.’
- ‘Historically, property has had a low weighting because it is an illiquid asset.’
- ‘With illiquid assets, exit can destroy the bulk of the firm's invested capital.’
- 1.1 (of a market) with few participants and a low volume of activity.
- ‘This market is particularly illiquid so when the bank spotted the losses and decided to close it out, they had to cover the spread and that increased the losses.’
- ‘Both government and businesses seek to privatize former government-owned enterprises, which is made difficult by fragmented and illiquid markets for public stock ownership.’
- ‘Just under 5% of its equity is listed in Moscow, although the market is illiquid and few shares change hands.’
- ‘Industry sources claimed the problem lay in too few gas shippers, which had resulted in an illiquid market.’
- ‘Hence the extreme volatility in illiquid markets like Asia.’
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