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Liquid Asset

What it is:

A liquid asset is cash or securities that can be converted to cash quickly.

How it works (Example):

Let's assume Company XYZ has $1 million of cash on its balance sheet and $300,000 of marketable securities. We could say Company XYZ has $1.3 million of liquid assets.

Why it Matters:

Clearly, having the cash in hand to pay off debts is an advantage to borrowers and soothing to lenders. Thus, analysts compare liquid assets to current liabilities as a very stringent test of how well a company can meet its debt obligations.