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  • Obamacare requires most Americans to obtain health insurance by 2014—and millions will be buying coverage from health insurance exchanges.

  • President Obama discusses the Affordable Care Act in June in San Jose, Calif.

    Obamacare is going into full effect this fall, requiring millions of people to buy health insurance that has new minimum benefits. CNBC explains more about this law.

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif.

    A number of Obamacare provisions, many of which have already gone into effect, are aimed at reducing the growth of health-care spending.

  • Obamacare's deadlines are coming, and here's what you need to know to avoid missing out on insurance options or being financially penalized.

  • President Barack Obama discusses the Affordable Care Act with former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York.

    With a key October 1 deadline looming, here are eight facts about Obamacare that you were too afraid to ask.

  • Workers prepare drilling pipe on the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) La Muralla IV deep-sea oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, Aug. 30, 2013.

    Have oil prices bottomed? As CNBC Explains, it's anybody's guess.

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    Mutual funds make up a large portion of America’s retirement funds and investments. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy outlines a hypothetical example of how an open-ended mutual fund works with its investors.

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    By putting less money on the table to magnify profits, call options can have the same effect as investing with borrowed money, which is known as using leverage. CNBC explains.

  • President Barack Obama holds a shirt as he shops for clothing alongside store employee Susan Panariello, during a visit to a Gap clothing store in New York City, March 11, 2014.

    President Obama has proposed changing the rules defining when workers get overtime pay, with potentially far-reaching effects.

  • A P/E ratio is key tool for investors to help figure out if they are getting the most for their investment dollars. CNBC explains.

  • When it comes to pensions, a guess about a fraction of a percentage point can be worth billions of dollars to big corporations.

  • A pension liability is the difference between the total amount due and the actual amount of money the company has on hand to make those payments.

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    PIIGS is a not too favorable term used by bond analysts, academics, and the press, to refer to certain countries of Europe. CNBC explains.

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    Preferred stocks are a special class of investments that have several unique features. Those features often make them confusing to investors. So what exactly are preferred stocks? CNBC explains.

  • Stuff your emergency fund with cash

    Private equity is a way of doing business to make money for rather large investments of capital. So how does it work? 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 suddenly dour forecast for corporate profits in 2015 is accompanying fears that a recession will be close behind.

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    Put-Call parity demonstrates the relationship between shorts, puts, calls, and bonds. The proper combination of each can yield equal payouts. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

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    Put-Call parity demonstrates the relationship between shorts, puts, calls, and bonds. The proper combination of each can yield equal payouts. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

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    Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains put options, which are contracts you purchase if you think a stock will go down in the near future.

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