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This week's question:

DATE: October 24, 2014


Can you explain what is meant when someone states, "The options on that stock are not very liquid."

The term "liquid," more commonly stated as "liquidity," refers to the level of difficulty - or cost - involved when entering or exiting a position in a stock or an option. Liquidity has three components: 1. the width of the bid-ask spread; 2. the size of the market; and 3. the frequency at which trades occur. To learn more about the concept of liquidity, view this segment of "Ask the Institute."

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