il·​liq·​uid | \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈlik-wəd How to pronounce illiquid (audio) \

Definition of illiquid

1 : not being cash or readily convertible into cash illiquid holdings
2 : deficient in liquid assets an illiquid bank

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illiquidity \ (ˌ)i(l)-​ˌli-​ˈkwi-​də-​tē How to pronounce illiquid (audio) \ noun

Examples of illiquid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Private-company shares are illiquid and difficult to trade, and information about those transactions can be hard to come by. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "DoorDash investors are fearful of getting Snowflaked," 9 Dec. 2020 Headed by Mark Jenkins, Carlyle’s credit platform manages strategies including liquid, illiquid and real asset debt like aviation finance and infrastructure credit. Kelsey Butler,, "Carlyle’s Basmadjian, Atkins to Succeed Pace in Liquid Credit," 13 Nov. 2020 The credits are traded privately, and the market is highly illiquid. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Tesla’s biggest profit center is dangerously close to running out of power," 30 Sep. 2020 The same cannot be said about the relatively illiquid Kazakh market. Alexander Sazonov,, "A 32-Year-Old Finance Tycoon Looms in Obscure Stock Market," 23 Sep. 2020 In recent years SWFs have piled into such illiquid assets (see chart 2). The Economist, "Raid on the piggy banks Sovereign-wealth funds face lean years," 23 May 2020 Indeed, firms with the worst records are more than five times likelier than the average firm to receive customer complaints about illiquid investments, according to SLCG. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Wall Street’s watchdog is obscuring data that could protect investors," 3 Mar. 2020 But besides South Africa, African bond markets are largely underdeveloped with inactive and illiquid secondary markets. Misheck Mutize, Quartz Africa, "African countries aren’t borrowing too much—they’re paying too much for debt," 22 Feb. 2020 That means the $941 billion fund is diving deeper into illiquid investments including real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds and private equity just as such trades are becoming increasingly crowded. Washington Post, "China’s Wealth Fund Is Diving Into a Crowded Pool," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of illiquid

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Illiquid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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