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  • Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs): CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:30 AM ET

    Mutual funds make up a large portion of America’s retirement funds and investments. Understanding how these funds operate should be a big part of anyone’s financial knowledge. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

  • Libor: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:33 AM ET

    For those who are fuzzy on the topic, Khan of the Khan Academy explains what Libor is and how it is used.

  • Limit Up, Limit Down: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 12:17 PM ET
    Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) trader

    A couple of devices that major exchanges use to stop manipulation or extreme volatility in the markets are called "limit up, limit down." CNBC explains what these are and how they work.

  • 'Long Straddle' Options Strategy: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:36 AM ET

    Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains put options, which are contracts you purchase if you think a stock will go down in the near future.

  • Loan vs lease: What's best for drivers Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    A new study underscores the financial advantages of leasing over buying, but it also points to a potential alternative.

CNBC Explains

  • What is asset allocation? Is there a mix of securities that can perfect portfolio diversification? CNBC explains.

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

    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.

  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering road show in Singapore Sept. 16, 2014.

    Alibaba's long-awaited IPO is finally around the corner, making this a good time to take a look at just how an IPO works.

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