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Equities

  • Alpha and Beta: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    Alpha and beta are important tools for many investors when it comes to figuring out investment returns. So what are they exactly and how do they work? CNBC explains.

  • Front running: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 2:13 PM ET

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

  • Initial Public Offering: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 10:54 AM ET

    An initial public offering—or IPO as it's most commonly called—is the way for companies to go from private to public and sell stock shares in their firm. Here's a look at how the IPO process unfolds as CNBC explains.

  • Market Capitalization: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:07 AM ET

    A company’s market capitalization, also known simply as “market cap”, is an indication of how much that company is worth on the open market. How do you compute a company’s market capitalization?

  • Preferred Stock: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    Preferred stocks are a special class of investments that have several unique features. Those features often make them confusing to investors. So what exactly are preferred stocks? CNBC explains.

  • Stock Shorting: CNBC Explains Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    Pessimistic about the future of a company’s stock and not sure what to do about it? One strategy employed by many investors is stock shorting, a tool that allows them to make money when a stock goes down.

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.

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. 

CNBC Explains

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