Liquidity

Definition:

In context of securities, a high level of trading activity, allowing buying and selling with minimum price disturbance. Also, a market characterized by the ability to buy and sell with relative ease.
In context of a corporation, the ability of the corporation to meet its short-term obligations. Measured with liquidity ratios like current ratio, quick ratio, and cash ratio.
Antithesis of illiquidity.

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Thrift institution

An organization formed as a depository for primarily consumer savings. Savings and loan associations and savings banks are thrift institutions.

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