CNBC Explains Funds & Investments

Funds & Investments

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC

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

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

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

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    By: CNBC Explains

    The goal of money market funds is to never lose money and maintain a net asset value (NAV), or per-share value, at $1, and when their NAV goes below $1, this is called breaking the buck. CNBC explains.

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    By: CNBC Explains

    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.

  • A screen displays news on the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Oct. 15, 2014.

    Most managers compete against the S&P 500, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average remains the granddaddy of stock indexes, for good reason.

  • ETF
    By: CNBC Explains

    Exchange-Traded Funds, also known as ETFs, are a new breed of investments. In a nutshell, they are managed funds that can be traded on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy illustrates the flexibility of ETFs in an example.

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    By: CNBC Explains

    Hedge funds are a type of investment fund that operates with different regulatory constraints than other funds, such as mutual funds, pension funds and banks. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy describes how these funds are structured, how they operate, and the incentive fees managers earn from them.

  • Businessman seatbelt
    By: Sarah O'Brien, special to CNBC.com

    Protecting a stock portfolio against market volatility means diversifying into an array of sectors that buffer holdings.

  • market volatility bull bear markets
    By: Allen Wastler

    a volatile market has going down, up, down again ... and may be sideways for a little while. What should investors do?

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    By: CNBC Explains

    As an alternative to savings accounts at a commercial bank, many people choose to put their money into money market accounts set up by way of money market funds. What are they and how are they constituted?

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    By: CNBC Explains

    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.

  • By: Elizabeth MacBride, Special to CNBC.com

    About $1.7 trillion is invested in variable annuities, yet most investors don't know how to value their holdings and evaluate fees and tax advantages.

  • Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker
    By: CNBC.com

    Paul Volcker was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Reagan and Carter. But his name is becoming more well-known for a part of the Dodd–Frank  reform bill. It's called the Volcker rule, and CNBC explains.

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