When a firm's business is terminated, assets are sold, proceeds pay creditors and any leftovers are distributed to shareholders. Any transaction that offsets or closes out a Long or short position. Related: buy in, evening up, offsetliquidity. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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liquidation liq‧ui‧da‧tion [ˌlɪkwˈdeɪʆn] noun [countable, uncountable] FINANCE
1. the action of selling an investment:

• Manila's market dropped 26.08 points following a liquidation of foreign investments.

2. when a company stops operating because it is in financial difficulty and its assets are sold to pay its debts:

• Creditors have taken steps to force the studio into liquidation.

• No doubt more firms will go into liquidation because they took on too much debt.

comˌpulsory liquiˈdation also ˌforced liquiˈdation FINANCE
when a company in financial difficulty is forced to go into liquidation by the people and organizations to which it owes money:

• Any creditor may decide to lodge a court petition for compulsory liquidation.

ˌvoluntary liquiˈdation FINANCE
when a company in financial difficulty decides to go into liquidation, rather than being forced to by the people and organizations to which it owes money:

• Creditors have been asked to approve a voluntary liquidation plan for the group.

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   The sale of assets of a bankrupt company to pay creditors. Any remaining surplus is distributed to shareholders.

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liquidation UK US /ˌlɪkwɪˈdeɪʃən/ noun [C or U]
LAW, FINANCE a situation in which a company stops operating and sells all its assets in order to pay its debts: go into liquidation »

After three years of heavy losses the company went into liquidation with debts totalling £100 million.

put sth into liquidation »

They were forced to put the company into liquidation in June.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE a situation in which an asset is sold in order to get cash: »

Analysts generally regard the liquidation of shares by corporate insiders as bad news.

See also COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION(Cf. ↑compulsory liquidation), FORCED LIQUIDATION(Cf. ↑forced liquidation), INVOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION(Cf. ↑involuntary liquidation), VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION(Cf. ↑voluntary liquidation)

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • liquidation — 1570s, noun of action from L.L. liquidare (see LIQUIDATE (Cf. liquidate)); originally as a legal term in reference to assets; of inconvenient groups of persons, 1925 in communist writings …   Etymology dictionary

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