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  • Call Options: CNBC Explains Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    Want to succeed at trading options? You need to understand exactly how these contracts work. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains call options: contracts you purchase if you think a stock will go up in the near future.

  • Capital Structure: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

    Want to be an informed investor? Buckle down and learn to read corporate balance sheets. You need to know how to scrutinize overall expenses and revenues in these corporate snapshots i order to to discern profitability and earnings. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy runs through a hypothetical income statement and identifies what each number means.

  • Capitulation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 3:56 PM ET

    Capitulation is a way to describe a surrender between armies, but it's also a form of 'giving up' on the stock market. So, what is capitulation when it's used on Wall Street? What does it signify? CNBC explains.

  • CNBC Explains: Carried Interest Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    What is carried interest and why is it so controversial? CNBC explains.

  • Why a China shadow banking crisis sparks fear Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 12:48 PM ET
    A bridge under construction in China. Some WMPs are invested in infrastructure projects that have no tangible revenue.

    Talk of a such a crisis is on the rise, leaving many investors in the U.S. and elsewhere wondering what it means exactly.

  • China-U.S. Currency Situation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:41 AM ET

    Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains what China's currency situation means for U.S. consumption and how it affects the entire U.S. and global economies.

  • China’s Floating Exchange Rate: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    You've probably heard about the global controversy surrounding the Chinese currency: international leaders have criticized the Chinese government for keeping the value of the Yuan artificially low, because an artificially undervalued Yuan has serious implications for international trade.

  • 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.

  • Cloud Computing: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | 12:49 PM ET

    Cloud computing means being able to access the Internet anywhere, anytime and being able to use any and all of the data and applications you want.

  • Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs): CNBC Explains Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 3:02 PM ET

    One of the culprits blamed for the financial chaos of 2008-2009, were collateralized debt obligations. Like any derivative, the value of a CDO is based on an underlying asset. Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

  • Commodity Futures: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    Unlike forward contracts, commodity futures can be bought and sold on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains the mechanics of futures contracts.

  • A confidential IPO filing? How does that work? Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 2:36 PM ET

    The JOBS Act was aimed at making it easier for new companies to raise money. One way to do that? The confidential IPO filing. Here's how it works.

  • Consumer Price Index: CNBC Explains Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:34 AM ET

    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. 

  • Contango: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:59 AM ET

    Contango may seem daunting to those new to investing or unfamiliar with futures contracts, but it doesn’t have to be. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy illustrates.

  • Continuing Resolution: CNBC Explains Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 10:35 AM ET
    President Barack Obama arrives at the Capitol for a meeting with the House Republican Conference.

    It provides the government with extra time to hash out difficult fiscal decisions.

  • Credit Default Swaps: CNBC Explains Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 3:23 PM ET

    Credit default swaps, also known as CDS, act as insurance against default, but these financial instruments are actually used in a number of complex ways. How are credit default swaps employed, and what is the rationale for these securities?

  • Currency Carry Trade: CNBC Explains Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 9:39 AM ET

    When there is a disparity in interest rates between countries, investors have an opportunity to employ a currency trading strategy called the carry trade.

  • 'Dairy cliff': How Congress put milk prices at risk Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 12:03 PM ET
    Cattle at Hunter Haven Dairy Farm in Pearl City, Ill.

    Congress' wrangling for months over a new farm bill has brought us to the edge of a "dairy cliff" that could make milk prices soar.

  • CNBC Explains: The debt ceiling Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 10:37 AM ET
    The U.S. Capitol Building

    What is the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress decides not to raise it? CNBC's Economic Reporter Steve Liesman explains.

  • What is the 'debt ceiling,' anyway? We explain Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | 10:21 AM ET

    The debt ceiling is a cap set by Congress on how much the federal government can borrow to pay its debts.

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  • The NATO emblem sculpture at the organization's headquarters in Brussels.

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization includes 28 countries, and wields significant military might. Here's what you need to know.

  • CNBC explains the brands, labor battles and big contracts behind one of the biggest US moneymakers: the NFL economy.

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    NCAA autonomy will allow the most powerful conferences in college sports to redefine the "student-athlete."

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