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Funds & Investments

Funds & Investments

  • 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.

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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.

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