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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.

  • Capital controls: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET
    People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, Dec. 17, 2014.

    The currency crisis in Russia this week has thrust the talk of "capital controls" back into the global financial conversation.

  • Understanding what informs Fed policy decisions
    By: Mark Koba
    Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve building

    Most people have no idea how the Fed works, what it actually does and why its decisions have so much impact. Here's a brief history.

  • Federal Reserve Open Market Operations: CNBC Explains
    By: 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
    US_debt_clock_140.jpg

    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
    By: CNBC Explains
    Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:09 PM ET
    Quantitative_Easing_Video.jpg

    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.

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