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Commodities

Commodities

  • Arbitraging Futures Contracts: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:56 AM ET

    Arbitrage is a way to make risk-free profits by taking advantage of a market’s price differences. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy shows two examples of using arbitrage in futures contracts, and he identifies important information you should know if you try this type of transaction.

  • Backwardation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:00 AM ET

    When you see a futures curve trending downward, it’s possible you’re observing a market in backwardation. The inverse of contango, backwardation occurs when the futures price for a given date falls below the expected value

  • Commodity Futures: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    Unlike forward contracts, commodity futures can be bought and sold on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains the mechanics of futures contracts.

  • Contango: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:59 AM ET

    Contango may seem daunting to those new to investing or unfamiliar with futures contracts, but it doesn’t have to be. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy illustrates.

  • Hedging Futures Contracts: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    Do margin contracts really defend market participants from commodity price volatility? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy verifies the math. Then he explains how these contracts work in practice.

  • Forward Contracts: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:41 AM ET

    Yield curves help investors understand the relationship between bonds of differing time horizons to maturity. CNBC explains.

  • Futures Curves: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:44 AM ET

    Futures curves are important for companies to understand trading commodities on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

  • Futures Margins: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:48 AM ET

    Margin accounts are a big part of buying and selling futures contracts, which allow buyers and sellers to protect themselves against price volatility. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy demonstrates the reasons for the existence of margin accounts for futures contracts.

Central Banking Explained

  • People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

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

  • 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.

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

Global Economy Explained

  • People walk past a poster that reads "Yesterday, Braden or Peron - Today: Griesa or Cristina," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29, 2014.

    Argentina is almost certainly headed for a technical default of its bond-payment obligations at 12:01 Thursday morning.

  • 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.

Real Estate Explained

Taxes Explained

CNBC Explains

Latest Special Reports

  • Financial advisors stress that now is the time for investors to get serious about year-end financial planning checkup.

  • File photo: Participants at a hacking conference in Germany

    A series of high profile cyber attacks has created huge economic opportunity as businesses look to fend off future attacks.

  • Is an active twist on passive investing the right portfolio move? An inside look at the rise of ETF strategists.