The sum of cash and receivables from the most recent quarter divided by the total current liabilities from the most recent quarter. This assessment of a company's ability to meet short-term obligations is also known as the acid test. In general, the quick ratio should be 1 or better. A high quick ratio is usually a sign of a solid, conservatively run company in no danger of imminent demise even if for some awful reason sales immediately ceased. A firm's quick ratio might be of special interest to investors anticipating some kind of downturn in the firm's business or the economy at large.