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FINANCIAL CHRONICLE™ » FINANCIAL CHRONICLE™ » Stock Market Liquidity & Economic Growth

Stock Market Liquidity & Economic Growth

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1Stock Market Liquidity & Economic Growth Empty Stock Market Liquidity & Economic Growth Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:10 pm

notme

notme
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
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Stock market liquidity shows a great deal of information about how successful the stock market of a particular country is, but economists are torn when it comes to how liquidity affects the larger picture of economic growth. In some ways, stock market liquidity affects all major economic movements and encourages growth. In other ways, stock market liquidity tends to change so rapidly that some economic theories maintain liquidity does not affect long-term movements, and can actually harm economies.


Liquidity
In financial terms, liquidity is a measurement of how easily assets can be turned into cash. In the stock market, some types of instruments can be traded more easily than others. The debt market, which deals in bonds and notes, also shows liquidity based on how easily these instruments are traded. If an investor can easily sell owned shares and buy new shares whenever she desires, the market is said to be highly liquid. When it is more difficult to find buyers and sellers, the market is less liquid.

Economic Activity
In general, higher stock market liquidity means more economic activity, which tends to indicate positive economic conditions. When people are constantly exchanging money on the stock market, they also tend to be more willing to spend money in other areas of the economy. This means that high stock liquidity can be a symptom of healthy activity in all economic sectors.

Business Growth
Stock market liquidity is bound up mostly in business equity, as businesses go public and offer partial ownership in companies. The more liquid the stock market is, the more easily businesses can raise funds by selling equity. This allows businesses to finance more projects and expand more confidently than they would in an inactive stock market, leading to a healthy business sector.

Commitment
Some economists believe that stock market liquidity can be a negative sign. The more liquid a stock market is, the more dissatisfied investors tend to be, moving from stock to stock in an effort to realize more profit or trade at higher prices. This is theorized to stunt long-term growth and make it difficult to depend on the success of businesses.

Casino Theory
Another common theory of stock market liquidity holds that it is like the casino: Success and failure are governed in large part by chance. Over the long term, liquidity has very little to do with the growth of the economy itself, since slower times are eventually canceled out by faster cycles.

originally published in http://www.ehow.com

sriranga

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Thanks notme for sharing.

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