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Funds & Investments

Funds & Investments

  • Who qualifies as an accredited investor? Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 11:57 AM ET
    SEC Securities and Exchange Commission

    Crowdfunding has created new opportunities for accredited investors, but guidelines are strict and subject to pending SEC rule changes.

  • Asset allocation: CNBC Explains Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    What is asset allocation? Is there a mix of stocks, bonds, hard assets and cash that can perfect portfolio diversification? CNBC explains.

  • The Bloomberg Terminal: CNBC Explains Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    What is the computer system that hundreds of thousands investors rely on every day?

  • Breaking the Buck: CNBC Explains
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    Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
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    The goal of money market funds is to never lose money and maintain a net asset value (NAV), or per-share value, at $1, and when their NAV goes below $1, this is called breaking the buck. CNBC explains.

  • Closed-End Mutual Funds: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:23 AM ET
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    Mutual funds make up a large portion of America’s retirement funds and investments. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy outlines a hypothetical example of how an open-ended mutual fund works with its investors.

  • Why the Dow Jones Industrial Average matters Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:47 AM ET
    A screen displays news on the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Oct. 15, 2014.

    Most managers compete against the S&P 500, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average remains the granddaddy of stock indexes, for good reason.

  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:18 AM ET

    Exchange-Traded Funds, also known as ETFs, are a new breed of investments. In a nutshell, they are managed funds that can be traded on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy illustrates the flexibility of ETFs in an example.

  • Hedge Funds: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:39 AM ET
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    Hedge funds are a type of investment fund that operates with different regulatory constraints than other funds, such as mutual funds, pension funds and banks. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy describes how these funds are structured, how they operate, and the incentive fees managers earn from them.

  • Market got you worried? Try hedging against risk
    By: Sarah O'Brien, special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
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    Protecting a stock portfolio against market volatility means diversifying into an array of sectors that buffer holdings.

  • How to steer in a whipsaw market
    Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 8:54 AM ET
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    a volatile market has going down, up, down again ... and may be sideways for a little while. What should investors do?

  • Money Market Funds: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:16 PM ET
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    As an alternative to savings accounts at a commercial bank, many people choose to put their money into money market accounts set up by way of money market funds. What are they and how are they constituted?

  • Open-Ended Mutual Funds: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:26 AM ET
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    Mutual funds make up a large portion of America’s retirement funds and investments. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy outlines a hypothetical example of how an open-ended mutual fund works with its investors.

  • 4 questions to ask about your variable annuity
    By: Elizabeth MacBride, Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    About $1.7 trillion is invested in variable annuities, yet most investors don't know how to value their holdings and evaluate fees and tax advantages.

  • Volcker Rule: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC.com
    Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 3:44 PM ET
    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.

Economy Explained

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    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. 

  • An employee stacks mini solar cells after ends are soldered on them at the Xunlight Corp. factory in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

    The producer price index is a key economic measurement especially when it comes to inflation.

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    A stock correction may seem like something is getting 'fixed' on Wall Street, but usually it's a trigger for financial losses. So what is a correction? CNBC explains.

Personal Finance Explained

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