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Corporate Accounting

Corporate Accounting

  • Amortization and Depreciation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:47 AM ET

    What is the difference between amortization and depreciation? How do these tools work? Khan of the Khan Academy explains with a side-by-side comparison.

  • Book Value vs. Market Value: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

    There are many ways a company can be valued, but one important distinction to make is between its value on paper and the value determined by the market. This video follows from the previous series and outlines two hypothetical companies and how their accounting and valuations are created. Khan of the Khan Academy clarifies the difference between market value and book value.

  • Capital Structure: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

    Want to be an informed investor? Buckle down and learn to read corporate balance sheets. You need to know how to scrutinize overall expenses and revenues in these corporate snapshots i order to to discern profitability and earnings. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy runs through a hypothetical income statement and identifies what each number means.

  • How to read a 10-K report like Warren Buffett Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Star mutual fund managers reveal secrets behind the stock-picking strategies buried in corporate filings.

  • Income Statements: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:02 AM ET

    Want to be an informed investor? Buckle down and learn to read corporate balance sheets. You need to know how to scrutinize overall expenses and revenues in these corporate snapshots i order to to discern profitability and earnings. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy runs through a hypothetical income statement and identifies what each number means.

  • 'Inversions' turning tax reform upside down Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:41 PM ET
    Chiquita Brands is one of the companies that did a corporate "inversion" deal this year

    A once-obscure tax dodge known as a corporate "inversion" is turning the tax reform debate upside down. Here's what you need to know.

  • Mark-to-Market Accounting: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:45 AM ET

    How does fair value differ from the historical cost of assets, and why would these valuations fluctuate? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains in a simplified example.

  • How NCAA rich will stay richer: Two-tier economy Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 5:55 PM ET
    Ed O'Bannon

    The new NCAA autonomy rules will allow the five most powerful conferences in college sports to create a new definition of "student-athlete."

  • How the NFL makes the most money of any pro sport Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    CNBC explains the brands, labor battles and big contracts that are X's and O's in the playbook of a huge US moneymaker: the NFL economy.

  • Machinists union members and supporters cheer at a rally asking members to vote against a proposed contract Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Seattle.

    The rift between the local and national offices of the IAM has become bigger due to differing approaches taken while dealing with the new Boeing labor contract.

  • In wake of Detroit, what is a pension liability?
    By: Mark Koba
    Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    A pension liability is the difference between the total amount due and the actual amount of money the company has on hand to make those payments.

  • The tiny change that made AT&T almost $8 billion Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    When it comes to pensions, a guess about a fraction of a percentage point can be worth billions of dollars to big corporations.

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Economy Explained

  • Economic data can be like the porridge of a certain fairy tale: Too hot, too cold, or just right.

  • Sequestration is a fiscal policy procedure adopted by Congress to deal with the federal budget deficit.

  • Americans often check their receipts to make sure they've bought everything they need, and probably to see if what they paid this time is any different from the last trip. The government does the same with the Consumer Price Index. Here are the details. 

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.

Markets Explained

Taxes Explained

Technology Explained

  • In conventional terms, front running is something that happens within a firm. That definition has changed recently.

  • You don't have to be Edward Snowden to hide your email from the NSA. Here is a basic primer on email encryption.

  • Cloud computing means being able to access the Internet anywhere, anytime and being able to use any and all of the data and applications you want.

CNBC Explains

  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering road show in Singapore Sept. 16, 2014.

    Alibaba's long-awaited IPO is finally around the corner, making this a good time to take a look at just how an IPO works.

  • The NATO emblem sculpture at the organization's headquarters in Brussels.

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization includes 28 countries, and wields significant military might. Here's what you need to know.

  • CNBC explains the brands, labor battles and big contracts behind one of the biggest US moneymakers: the NFL economy.

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