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Central Banking

  • The Beige Book: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 3:34 PM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The beige book is an important indicator on the state of the U.S. economy and a critical tool for the Federal Reserve. CNBC explains.

  • What is the 'debt ceiling,' anyway? We explain
    By: Mark Koba
    Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | 10:21 AM ET

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

  • Six dangerous myths about the debt ceiling Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 8:26 AM ET

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

  • The Federal Reserve: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 12:43 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Most people have no idea how the Fed works, what it actually does and why its decisions have so much impact. To help you better understand the Fed and the people that run it, we'll discuss those issues and more.

  • Federal Reserve Open Market Operations: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    The United States central bank, the Federal Reserve, buys and sells assets in the open market. How do these open market operations work? CNBC explains.

  • National Debt: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 12:51 PM ET

    The U.S. debt is at record levels as  economists and politicians warn about the dangers it poses for the country. So what is the debt and how does it effect you? Here are some basics.

  • Quantitative Easing: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:09 PM ET

    How does QE differ from normal federal reserve open market operations? Also, how does US quantitative easing differ from Japan’s quantitative easing program? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains the finer points of quantitative easing.

Corporate Accounting Explained

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Funds & Investments Explained

  • About $1.7 trillion is invested in variable annuities, yet most investors don't know how to value their holdings.

  • Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    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.

  • 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.

Global Economy Explained

  • As Pope Francis assumes leadership of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he's got his work cut out for him on many fronts.

  • 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.

  • 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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