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  • 4G: CNBC Explains Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 1:20 PM ET
    The new Sprint HTC Evo 4G smartphone is displayed at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry.

    The transition to the next generation of wireless communications is already under way. The latest is called 4G — and all of the carriers are peppering their marketing with the phrase.

  • Who qualifies as an accredited investor? Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 11:57 AM ET
    The Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington.

    Crowdfunding has created new opportunities for accredited investors, but guidelines are strict and subject to pending SEC rule changes.

  • Inside an aircraft’s 'black box' recorder Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    A black box from the Germanwings crash in this photo released March 25, 2015 by the BEA, France's Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses (Air Accident Investigator).

    A guide to how aircraft manufacturers equip all their planes so that investigators know what happens in a crash.

  • How to avoid annoying airline fees Friday, 15 May 2015 | 8:20 AM ET
    Airline passenger eating meal

    Two-thirds of travelers pay for at least one a la carte airline fee when they fly, a new survey found.

  • Alpha and Beta: CNBC Explains Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    Alpha and beta are important tools for many investors when it comes to figuring out investment returns. So what are they exactly and how do they work? CNBC explains.

  • Calculating the Alternative Minimum Tax: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

    The Alternative Minimum Tax, also known as the AMT, is a portion of the U.S. tax code that affects high-earning individuals who lower their tax payments through deductions. Want to know how it’s calculated? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy demonstrates. 

  • Alternative Minimum Tax Changes: CNBC Explains Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 10:34 AM ET

    The alternative minimum tax, or AMT as it's known, has become one of the most dreaded phrases in tax terminology. CNBC explains.

  • Amortization and Depreciation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:47 AM ET

    What is the difference between amortization and depreciation? How do these tools work? Khan of the Khan Academy explains with a side-by-side comparison.

  • Annual Interest and Debt Maturity: CNBC Explains Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 12:42 PM ET

    A good way to conceptualize the cost of borrowing money is to annualize interest rates, which offers an easy way to compare loans of varying maturities.

  • Arbitrage: CNBC Explains Sunday, 29 May 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    Arbitrage: CNBC Explains

    Throughout the history of free markets, traders have made money through arbitrage, a tactic that takes advantage of price differences to make risk-free profits. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy describes how arbitrage works in a simple example.

  • Arbitraging Futures Contracts: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:56 AM ET

    Arbitrage is a way to make risk-free profits by taking advantage of a market’s price differences. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy shows two examples of using arbitrage in futures contracts, and he identifies important information you should know if you try this type of transaction.

  • Argentine default 101: What you need to know Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:35 PM ET
    People walk past a poster that reads "Yesterday, Braden or Peron - Today: Griesa or Cristina," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29, 2014.

    Barring a last-minute change, Argentina is almost certainly headed for a technical default of its bond-payment obligations at 12:01 Thursday morning.

  • Asset allocation: CNBC Explains Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    What is asset allocation? Is there a mix of stocks, bonds, hard assets and cash that can perfect portfolio diversification? CNBC explains.

  • Autopilot: What it can and can't do Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Pilot at controls of instrument panel

    CNBC explains exactly what the aircraft autopilot is, how it works and how safe it is.

  • Bird flu: Time to worry? Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    A file photo of a poultry farm.

    Avian flu is proving economically painful, especially in Iowa and Wisconsin, but scientists say the danger may not extend to human health.

  • Backwardation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:00 AM ET

    When you see a futures curve trending downward, it’s possible you’re observing a market in backwardation. The inverse of contango, backwardation occurs when the futures price for a given date falls below the expected value

  • Bank leverage rules: CNBC Explains Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 12:59 PM ET

    New bank leverage rules will try to make the world a safe place by requiring banks to hold more capital. But will they destroy economic growth in the process?

  • Bank Stress Tests: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 2:27 PM ET

    In order to ensure they can withstand a severe economic crisis, financial institutions must have a "checkup."

  • The Bloomberg Terminal: CNBC Explains Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    What is the computer system that hundreds of thousands investors rely on every day?

  • 8 things you need to know about bear markets Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | 12:58 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Here are the facts investors need to know about stock market corrections—what triggers them, and how long they typically last.

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