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  • House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, departs a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 11, 2014.

    It provides the government with extra time to hash out difficult fiscal decisions.

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    Americans often check their receipts to make sure they've bought everything they need, and probably to see if what they paid this time is any different from the last trip. The government does the same with the Consumer Price Index. Here are the details. 

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    What is the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress decides not to raise it? CNBC's Economic Reporter Steve Liesman explains.

  • The debt ceiling is a cap set by Congress on how much the federal government can borrow to pay its debts.

  • There are a lot of debt ceiling myths floating around. Here are six of the most dangerous.

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    If you understand inflation, deflation is simply the flip side of the coin. In fact, sometimes it referred to as “negative inflation.”

  • Five Players Who Can Drive Us Over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

    The fiscal cliff may sound like the name of an exercise retreat on a mountain top in Southern California, but the reality is not so pretty. What it refers to is the potentially dire economic situation the U.S. faces at the end of 2012.  Here's a look.

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    The federal funds rate is a key element in how banks operate in the U.S. So what is it, and how does it affect the banking system? CNBC explains.

  • Economic data can be like the porridge of a certain fairy tale: Too hot, too cold, or just right.

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    By: CNBC Explains

    Although inflation is not necessarily a bad thing for a growing economy, there have been numerous historical examples when inflation runs wild, a situation called hyperinflation. CNBC explains

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    In a good economy, gradual inflation is considered a good thing, but in tougher economic times, too much inflation is a serious problem. CNBC Explains.

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    The Laffer Curve is an economic theory that, legend says, was written up on a napkin at a Washington D.C., restaurant. What does the Laffer Curve actually say? CNBC explains.

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    CNBC explains: What is a correction? How do they come about? What do they mean for the stock market?

  • Medicare and Medicaid are often confused with each other as both are government sponsored health programs. But there are major differences. CNBC explains.

  • An employee stacks mini solar cells after ends are soldered on them at the Xunlight Corp. factory in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

    The producer price index is a trio of indexes that measure the change in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. CNBC explains.

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    The  U.S. economy has suffered through many recessions in its history. But just what is a recession and how do they come about?  Here are the details in this CNBC explains.

  • Sequestration is a fiscal policy procedure adopted by Congress to deal with the federal budget deficit. In simple terms, it's a way of forcing cutbacks in spending on government programs.

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    By: CNBC Explains

    While moderate inflation is actually a good thing for a healthy economy, inflation can also occur when the economy is stagnant.

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    Social Security has been a controversial subject since its beginning, But what does it actually do and how does it work? CNBC explains.

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    When people talk about the Federal Reserve "tapering," here's what they mean.

  • Knowing the number of people who are unemployed is a key way to measure the state of the economy. So how is unemployment actually measured? CNBC explains.

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