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Funds & Investments

Funds & Investments

  • 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.

  • Breaking the Buck: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

    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 Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:23 AM ET

    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.

  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs): 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 Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:39 AM ET

    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.

  • Money Market Funds: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

    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 Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:26 AM ET

    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 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 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.

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.

Corporate Accounting Explained

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. 

Personal Finance Explained

CNBC Explains

Latest Special Reports

  • Financial advisors stress that now is the time for investors to get serious about year-end financial planning checkup.

  • File photo: Participants at a hacking conference in Germany

    A series of high profile cyber attacks has created huge economic opportunity as businesses look to fend off future attacks.

  • Is an active twist on passive investing the right portfolio move? An inside look at the rise of ETF strategists.