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Global Economy

  • BRICS: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 2:58 PM ET

    So what countries make up the BRICS ? How did they come about? What impact do they have? CNBC explains.

  • EFSF: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 8:51 AM ET

    To help solve Europe's sovereign debt crisis, a special organization was set up in 2010 called the European Financial Stability Facility, or EFSF. So what is it and how does it work? CNBC explains.

  • Gross Domestic Product: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 10:50 PM ET

    The gross domestic product or GDP, is arguably the key indicator to the health of an economy. But what statistics are used to determine GDP? CNBC explains.

  • GDP revisions...and why Kardashians don't kount
    By: Jeff Cox
    Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    Kim Kardashian

    The economy is a lot bigger than we think, but no thanks to Kim Kardashian and reality TV. Experts have gone back to 1929 to recalculate the size of gross domestic product,

  • The IMF: CNBC Explains Monday, 16 May 2011 | 3:38 PM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    The IMF, or International Monetary Fund, is an intergovernmental agency that works to keep exchange rates and the international system of payments stable.

  • PIIGS: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

    PIIGS is a not too favorable term used by bond analysts, academics, and the press, to refer to certain countries of Europe. CNBC explains.

  • Sovereign Debt: CNBC Explains
    By: Mark Koba
    Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 10:05 AM ET

    There are all kinds of debt—as small as personal debt or as large as national debt. There's another type of debt as important as the rest—called Sovereign Debt. CNBC Explains.

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  • 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. 

  • 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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