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Currencies

Currencies

  • Bitcoin: CNBC Explains Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 3:03 PM ET

    As investors scramble for bitcoin, they're finding that when it comes to virtual currencies, the rules of economics are less predominant than those of hackers.

  • CNBC Explains: How to mine bitcoins on your own Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    With the price of bitcoins soaring, miners are striking it big. How exactly do you mine? It's easier than you think.

  • 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.

  • China-U.S. Currency Situation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:41 AM ET

    Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains what China's currency situation means for U.S. consumption and how it affects the entire U.S. and global economies.

  • China’s Currency Peg: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:39 AM ET

    Countries around the world keep their currencies pegged to the U.S. dollar, but how is this balance maintained? We saw in a previous video how a floating exchange rate can significantly affect international trade, but how is this achieved?

  • China’s Floating Exchange Rate: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    You've probably heard about the global controversy surrounding the Chinese currency: international leaders have criticized the Chinese government for keeping the value of the Yuan artificially low, because an artificially undervalued Yuan has serious implications for international trade.

  • Currency Carry Trade: CNBC Explains Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 9:39 AM ET

    When there is a disparity in interest rates between countries, investors have an opportunity to employ a currency trading strategy called the carry trade.

  • Deflation: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 5:07 PM ET

    If you understand inflation, deflation is simply the flip side of the coin. In fact, sometimes it referred to as “negative inflation.”

  • Hyperinflation: CNBC Explains Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 7:55 AM ET

    Although inflation is not necessarily a bad thing for a growing economy, there have been numerous historical examples when inflation runs wild, a situation called hyperinflation. CNBC explains

  • Inflation: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 5:06 PM ET

    In a good economy, gradual inflation is considered a good thing, but in tougher economic times, too much inflation is a serious problem. CNBC Explains.

  • Stagflation: CNBC Explains Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 2:37 PM ET

    While moderate inflation is actually a good thing for a healthy economy, inflation can also occur when the economy is stagnant.

  • Ending the Swiss peg: What it really means Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:22 AM ET
    A man holds a 100 Swiss franc bank note in front of an ATM in Bern.

    The Swiss National Bank's move to break the franc away from its set value against the euro stunned financial markets and has substantial real-world effects.

Central Banking Explained

  • People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, Dec. 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.

Corporate Accounting Explained

Funds & Investments Explained

  • What is asset allocation? Is there a mix of securities that can perfect portfolio diversification? CNBC explains.

  • 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.

Personal Finance Explained

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