Odd Lots: What We Can Learn About Market Liquidity by Looking at Everyday Life

Liquidity lessons from Uber to dating apps.

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Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.

‘Liquidity’ is one of the most widely-talked about yet least understood concepts in markets. Roughly speaking, a market is liquid if you can transact in it easily, without affecting the price significantly.

But there's little agreement about why some markets are more liquid than others, or why liquidity sometimes just evaporates with little notice. This week we speak to Karthik ShashidharKarthik Shashidhar, the author of Between The Buyer And The Seller about what we can learn about liquidity from things like Uber, dating apps, and real estate brokers.

 

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