It provides the government with extra time to hash out difficult fiscal decisions.
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.
What is the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress decides not to raise it? CNBC's Economic Reporter Steve Liesman explains.
If you understand inflation, deflation is simply the flip side of the coin. In fact, sometimes it referred to as “negative inflation.”
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
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.
While moderate inflation is actually a good thing for a healthy economy, inflation can also occur when the economy is stagnant.
When people talk about the Federal Reserve "tapering," here's what they mean.
Knowing the number of people who are unemployed is a key way to measure the state of the economy. So how is unemployment actually measured? CNBC explains.
Star mutual fund managers reveal secrets behind the stock-picking strategies buried in corporate filings.
The rift between the local and national offices of the IAM has become bigger in wake of the new Boeing labor contract.
When it comes to pensions, a guess about a fraction of a percentage point can be worth billions of dollars to big corporations.
President Obama has proposed changing rules defining when workers get overtime pay, with possibly far-reaching effects.
Executive orders are as old as the Constitution itself and usually steeped in controversy. Here's how they work.
Wealthier taxpayers now face higher marginal tax rates and new investment income taxes, thanks to the ATRA.
About $1.7 trillion is invested in variable annuities, yet most investors don't know how to value their holdings.
The plan offers households with no retirement savings a place to start. But it comes with some serious shortcomings.
Under Obamacare nearly everyone will have the same minimum level of benefits that kick in Jan. 1.
Argentina is almost certainly headed for a technical default of its bond-payment obligations at 12:01 Thursday morning.
A tax dodge known as a corporate "inversion" is turning the tax reform debate upside down. Here's what you need to know.
A key theme at this year's ASCO meeting will be immunotherapies. How do these treatments work?
An era of innovation dominated by secretive corporate labs is ending. Time for you to help crowdfund the future.
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