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  • The secret business of tracking Santa Claus Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:58 AM ET
    Santa Claus and reindeer

    Santa tracking: What began as a mistake by Sears has become a competition between two of the technology world's biggest companies.

  • Securities and Exchange Commission: CNBC Explains Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission—or SEC—is the watchdog of Wall Street. So how does it work and what power does it really have? CNBC explains.

  • Sequestration: CNBC Explains Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 4:32 PM ET

    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.

  • Social Security: CNBC Explains Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 3:08 PM ET

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

  • Sovereign Debt: CNBC Explains Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 10:05 AM ET

    There are all kinds of debt—as small as personal debt or as large as national debt. There's another type of debt as important as the rest—called Sovereign Debt. CNBC Explains.

  • Stock Dilution: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:52 AM ET

    When stocks are used in transactions or to finance operations, investors in a stock may be worried about stock dilution. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explores the topic using a simplified example.

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    When one business acquires another, there are several ways of financing the deal, including the use of the acquiring company’s shares to cover the cost of the transaction. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy discusses in a hypothetical example.

  • Stock Shorting: CNBC Explains Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    Pessimistic about the future of a company’s stock and not sure what to do about it? One strategy employed by many investors is stock shorting, a tool that allows them to make money when a stock goes down.

  • Know this to avoid a student-loan fiasco Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 10:53 AM ET
    student debt education costs

    Since 2006, 25% of student-loan borrowers have defaulted on their loans, and soaring interest is largely to blame. What you need to know.

  • Can Hillary Clinton solve the student loan crisis? Monday, 10 Aug 2015 | 2:42 PM ET
    Hillary Clinton

    The Democratic front-runner unveils her $350 billion plan today to alleviate student debt and make college tuition more affordable.

  • Student loan forgiveness: Are you eligible? Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 9:18 AM ET
    Student loans debt

    With student loans a financial albatross for many recent college graduates, it pays to know how you can get your student loans forgiven.

  • Pandora's big spending ways: Behind the music Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    Pandora banner on the New York Stock Exchange

    Streaming-music services are growing, and so are the battles between artists, record labels and technology companies over royalty streams.

  • Strike or lockout: What's the difference? Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:20 AM ET
    Container ships sit docked in a berth at the Port of Oakland on Feb. 17, 2015.

    West Coast dockworkers and shippers can't even agree on whether the slowdown is a lockout or partial strike. But the difference matters.

  • Here's what's on the line for $133K per second Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 9:36 AM ET
    Chobani "How Matters" ad on YouTube

    Some Super Bowl XLVIII advertisers are passing on Fox TV ads due to inflated price tags; others are using them in social media campaigns to boost ROI.

  • Ending the Swiss peg: What it really means Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:22 AM ET
    A man holds a 100 Swiss franc bank note in front of an ATM in Bern.

    The Swiss National Bank's move to break the franc away from its set value against the euro stunned financial markets and has substantial real-world effects.

  • Taper: What the Street's favorite buzzword means Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | 1:00 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve

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

  • Tax breaks and mistakes that can cost you big-time Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Taxes Tax 1040 frustration

    Stop overpaying your taxes by making these common mistakes and not taking these tax credits and deductions.

  • How to file a federal tax extension Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Taxes tax deadline

    Won't make the April 15 filing deadline? You can ask the IRS for a six-month extension.

  • Obama's wealth-gap tax fix Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:51 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama wants to use the tax code to slow the widening gap between the richest and poorest Americans.

  • Tax Deductions: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:31 AM ET

    Tax deductions are an important part of calculating your annual income. But many people are unclear about how deductions affect overall tax payments. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains a simple calculation you can do, depending on your tax bracket, to help you estimate the effect.

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