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  • Securities and Exchange Commission: CNBC Explains Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission—or SEC—is the watchdog of Wall Street. So how does it work and what power does it really have? CNBC explains.

  • Sequestration: CNBC Explains Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 4:32 PM ET

    Sequestration is a fiscal policy procedure adopted by Congress to deal with the federal budget deficit. In simple terms, it's a way of forcing cutbacks in spending on government programs.

  • Social Security: CNBC Explains Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 3:08 PM ET

    Social Security has been a controversial subject since its beginning, But what does it actually do and how does it work? CNBC explains.

  • Sovereign Debt: CNBC Explains 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.

  • Stock Dilution: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:52 AM ET

    When stocks are used in transactions or to finance operations, investors in a stock may be worried about stock dilution. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explores the topic using a simplified example.

  • When one business acquires another, there are several ways of financing the deal, including the use of the acquiring company’s shares to cover the cost of the transaction. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy discusses in a hypothetical example.

  • Stock Shorting: CNBC Explains Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    Pessimistic about the future of a company’s stock and not sure what to do about it? One strategy employed by many investors is stock shorting, a tool that allows them to make money when a stock goes down.

  • Pandora's big spending ways: Behind the music Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    Pandora banner on the New York Stock Exchange

    Streaming-music services are growing, and so are the battles between artists, record labels and technology companies over royalty streams.

  • Here's what's on the line for $133K per second Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 9:36 AM ET
    Chobani "How Matters" ad on YouTube

    Some Super Bowl XLVIII advertisers are passing on Fox TV ads due to inflated price tags; others are using them in social media campaigns to boost ROI.

  • Taper: What the Street's favorite buzzword means Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    When people talk about the Federal Reserve "tapering," here's what they mean.

  • Tax Deductions: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:31 AM ET

    Tax deductions are an important part of calculating your annual income. But many people are unclear about how deductions affect overall tax payments. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains a simple calculation you can do, depending on your tax bracket, to help you estimate the effect.

  • 8 things you need to know about tax reform Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The American Taxpayer Relief Act hasn't lived up to its name. Wealthier taxpayers now face higher marginal tax rates and new investment income taxes.

  • Treasury Bond Prices and Yields: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:57 AM ET

    When you buy a U.S. Treasury Security, you’re essentially giving a loan to the government. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy demonstrates how price and yield of treasury securities works.

  • Track biz news with Twitter     Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Cadie Thompson and Mary Catherine Wellons chat about Twitter and how investors can use this useful tool to keep up with the latest business news.

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.

Latest Special Reports

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  • With the world becoming more interconnected, it’s getting harder to anticipate and manage global risks. We take a look at some of the biggest risks and ways to mitigate them.

  • From family-run companies to public companies with family ownership, we tackle challenges and rewards facing family businesses.