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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

  • Here's why chocolate prices are up Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
    A girl looks over chocolates in a case at Jacques Torres Chocolate in the Soho neighborhood of New York.

    A box of chocolates may be full of surprises, but this Valentine's Day count on it costing you more than last year.

  • 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.

  • Where are oil prices headed from here? Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    Workers prepare drilling pipe on the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) La Muralla IV deep-sea oil platform in the waters off Veracruz, Mexico, Aug. 30, 2013.

    Have oil prices bottomed? As CNBC Explains, it's anybody's guess.

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    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.

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