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illiquid

[ih-lik-wid] /ɪˈlɪk wɪd/
adjective, (of an asset)
1.
not readily convertible into cash; not liquid.
Origin of illiquid
1685-1695
1685-95; il-2 + liquid
Related forms
illiquidity, noun
illiquidly, adverb
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Examples from the web for illiquid
  • These investments are also illiquid, so they are not well-suited to investors who may need cash in a hurry.
  • Most of their lending is long-term and illiquid, whereas many of the deposits they sit on can be pulled out at a moment's notice.
  • As it is, many stocks are quite small and illiquid so are difficult for big managers to own.
  • Falling prices are accentuated in illiquid markets such as residential property.
  • The market might become illiquid if those that had in effect sold insurance tried to exit their positions.
  • The less liquid they are, the harder this becomes and hedge funds specialise in illiquid securities.
  • But smaller, illiquid markets might not be corrected in this way.
  • They are highly illiquid markets, so manipulating could be done with relatively little effort and a bit of pocket money.
  • But the futures market is small and illiquid and may overstate the possible declines.
  • Funds of hedge funds and hedge funds may invest in highly illiquid securities that may be difficult to value.
British Dictionary definitions for illiquid

illiquid

/ɪˈlɪkwɪd/
adjective
1.
(of an asset) not easily convertible into cash
2.
(of an enterprise, organization, etc) deficient in liquid assets
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Word Origin and History for illiquid
adj.

1690s, from il- "not" + liquid in the financial sense.

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