LIQUIDITY Definition

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LIQUIDITY is a. a companys ability to meet current obligations with cash or other assets that can be quickly converted to cash; b. in securities, it is the ease with which an instrument can be bought or sold at or near prevailing market prices in the secondary market (often reflected by the range of the bid-asked spread).

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NET CURRENT ASSETS see WORKING CAPITAL.

BELOW THE LINE, in accounting, denotes credits or debits affecting balance sheet accounts rather than the income statement. Extraordinary items may also appear below the net profit line in the income statement, but accounting standards-setters have increasingly favored reflecting most such items in periodic net income.

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