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  • 4G: CNBC Explains Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 1:20 PM ET
    The new Sprint HTC Evo 4G smartphone is displayed at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry.

    The transition to the next generation of wireless communications is already under way. The latest is called 4G — and all of the carriers are peppering their marketing with the phrase.

  • Alpha and Beta: CNBC Explains Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    Alpha and beta are important tools for many investors when it comes to figuring out investment returns. So what are they exactly and how do they work? CNBC explains.

  • Calculating the Alternative Minimum Tax: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

    The Alternative Minimum Tax, also known as the AMT, is a portion of the U.S. tax code that affects high-earning individuals who lower their tax payments through deductions. Want to know how it’s calculated? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy demonstrates. 

  • Alternative Minimum Tax Changes: CNBC Explains Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 10:34 AM ET

    The alternative minimum tax, or AMT as it's known, has become one of the most dreaded phrases in tax terminology. CNBC explains.

  • Amortization and Depreciation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:47 AM ET

    What is the difference between amortization and depreciation? How do these tools work? Khan of the Khan Academy explains with a side-by-side comparison.

  • Annual Interest and Debt Maturity: CNBC Explains Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 12:42 PM ET

    A good way to conceptualize the cost of borrowing money is to annualize interest rates, which offers an easy way to compare loans of varying maturities.

  • Arbitrage: CNBC Explains     Sunday, 29 May 2011 | 12:00 AM ET

    Throughout the history of free markets, traders have made money through arbitrage, a tactic that takes advantage of price differences to make risk-free profits. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy describes how arbitrage works in a simple example.

  • Arbitraging Futures Contracts: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:56 AM ET

    Arbitrage is a way to make risk-free profits by taking advantage of a market’s price differences. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy shows two examples of using arbitrage in futures contracts, and he identifies important information you should know if you try this type of transaction.

  • Argentine default 101: What you need to know Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:35 PM ET
    People walk past a poster that reads "Yesterday, Braden or Peron - Today: Griesa or Cristina," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29, 2014.

    Barring a last-minute change, Argentina is almost certainly headed for a technical default of its bond-payment obligations at 12:01 Thursday morning.

  • Backwardation: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:00 AM ET

    When you see a futures curve trending downward, it’s possible you’re observing a market in backwardation. The inverse of contango, backwardation occurs when the futures price for a given date falls below the expected value

  • Bank leverage rules: CNBC Explains Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 12:59 PM ET

    New bank leverage rules will try to make the world a safe place by requiring banks to hold more capital. But will they destroy economic growth in the process?

  • Bank Stress Tests: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 2:27 PM ET

    In order to ensure they can withstand a severe economic crisis, financial institutions must have a "checkup."

  • The Beige Book: CNBC Explains Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 3:34 PM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    The beige book is an important indicator on the state of the U.S. economy and a critical tool for the Federal Reserve. CNBC explains.

  • Bitcoin: CNBC Explains Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 3:03 PM ET

    As investors scramble for bitcoin, they're finding that when it comes to virtual currencies, the rules of economics are less predominant than those of hackers.

  • CNBC Explains: How to mine bitcoins on your own Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    With the price of bitcoins soaring, miners are striking it big. How exactly do you mine? It's easier than you think.

  • Book Value vs. Market Value: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

    There are many ways a company can be valued, but one important distinction to make is between its value on paper and the value determined by the market. This video follows from the previous series and outlines two hypothetical companies and how their accounting and valuations are created. Khan of the Khan Academy clarifies the difference between market value and book value.

  • 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.

  • BRICS: CNBC Explains 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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  • File photo: Participants at a hacking conference in Germany

    A series of high profile cyber attacks has created huge economic opportunity as businesses look to fend off future attacks.