Liquidity Cushion

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Liquidity Cushion'

A reserve fund for a company or individual made up of highly liquid investments. A liquidity cushion relates to a business or individual holding an ample amount of cash, or other highly liquid assets, in relation to debt, so that a short-term liquidity crunch or other unexpected event will not lead to potentially disastrous consequences.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Liquidity Cushion'

By maintaining cash reserves in money market instruments, unexpected demands on cash don't require the immediate sale of other less liquid securities, which in most cases would not be in the business's or individual's best interest to sell in order to raise cash. For all intents and purposes, liquidity cushion can also be known as a "rainy day fund."

RELATED TERMS
  1. Money Market

    A segment of the financial market in which financial instruments ...
  2. Cash

    Legal tender or coins that can be used in exchange goods, debt, ...
  3. Liquidity Risk

    The risk stemming from the lack of marketability of an investment ...
  4. Liquidity

    1. The degree to which an asset or security can be bought or ...
  5. Liquidating Market

    A type of securities market in which there is broad-based selling ...
  6. Cash Position

    The amount of cash that a company, investment fund or bank has ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Where do companies keep their cash?

    If you have ever looked over a company's balance sheet, you have no doubt noticed the first account under the current asset ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are some examples of general and administrative expenses?

    In accounting, general and administrative expenses represent the necessary costs to maintain a company's daily operations ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between called-up share capital and paid-up share capital?

    The difference between called-up share capital and paid-up share capital is investors have already paid in full for paid-up ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Why can additional paid in capital never have a negative balance?

    The additional paid-in capital figure on a company's balance sheet can never be negative because companies do not pay investors ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. When does the fixed charge coverage ratio suggest that a company should stop borrowing ...

    Since the fixed charge coverage ratio indicates the number of times a company is capable of making its fixed charge payments ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How does additional paid in capital affect retained earnings?

    Both additional paid-in capital and retained earnings are entries under the shareholders' equity section of a company's balance ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Personal Finance

    Breaking Down The Balance Sheet

    Knowing what the company's financial statements mean will help you to analyze your investments.
  2. Investing Basics

    The Working Capital Position

    Learn how to correctly analyze a company's liquidity and beat the average investor.
  3. Investing Basics

    Diversification Beyond Stocks

    If you think holding several stocks means you're diversified, think again - there's much more to be done to reduce portfolio risk.
  4. Options & Futures

    Basic Investment Objectives

    You might know about different asset types, but do you know how each type contributes to a particular goal?
  5. Professionals

    Are Stock Buybacks Always Good for Shareholders?

    Stock buyback programs aren't always done with the interests of shareholders in mind. It's important to try to understand the motivation behind such moves.
  6. Fundamental Analysis

    Making Sense of Netflix's Balance Sheet

    Understand how to assess Netflix's performance based on the major components of its balance sheet.
  7. Economics

    Understanding the Top Line

    Top line refers to a company’s gross sales without any reductions for discounts or returns.
  8. Economics

    What's an Allowance for Doubtful Accounts?

    The allowance for doubtful accounts represents the percentage of the accounts receivable the company expects to write-off as uncollectible.
  9. Fundamental Analysis

    Understanding Activity Ratios

    Activity ratios measure how effectively a business uses its assets.
  10. Investing Basics

    What is Accrued Income?

    In a mutual fund, accrued income is earnings that have accumulated over the year, but have not yet been paid out to shareholders.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Dog And Pony Show

    A colloquial term that generally refers to a presentation or seminar to market new products or services to potential buyers.
  2. Topless Meeting

    A meeting in which participants are not allowed to use laptops. A topless meeting organizer can also ban the use of smartphones, ...
  3. Hedging Transaction

    A type of transaction that limits investment risk with the use of derivatives, such as options and futures contracts. Hedging ...
  4. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  5. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  6. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!