Illiquid

Definition:

In the context of corporate finance, the absence of cash flow needed to fulfill financial debts and meet obligations. In the context of investments, describes a thinly traded investment such as a stock or bond that is not easily converted into cash. Illiquid securities have high transactions costs. Often the bid-ask spread is very wide.

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Combination strategy

A strategy in which a put and call with different strike prices and the same expiration are either both bought or both sold. Related: Straddle

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