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  • How the Gingrich-Edwards tax loophole works Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    John Edwards and Newt Gingrich.

    President Obama has called for ending a tax loophole that costs Medicare and Social Security millions of dollars. Here's how it works.

  • GDP revisions...and why Kardashians don't kount 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,

  • Finding 'Goldilocks': CNBC explains Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    Economic data can be like the porridge of a certain fairy tale: Too hot, too cold, or just right.

  • Gross Domestic Product: CNBC Explains 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.

  • Hedge Funds: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:39 AM ET

    Hedge funds are a type of investment fund that operates with different regulatory constraints than other funds, such as mutual funds, pension funds and banks. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy describes how these funds are structured, how they operate, and the incentive fees managers earn from them.

  • Hedging Futures Contracts: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    Do margin contracts really defend market participants from commodity price volatility? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy verifies the math. Then he explains how these contracts work in practice.

  • High Frequency Trading: CNBC Explains Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 2:34 PM ET

    There may be no better example of how fast things have become than by looking at high frequency trading in the markets. CNBC explains.

  • Housing Starts: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 10:07 AM ET

    The housing market is one of the pillars of the U.S. economy and there may be no better indication of how the market is doing than housing starts.

  • Hyperinflation: CNBC Explains Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 7:55 AM ET

    Although inflation is not necessarily a bad thing for a growing economy, there have been numerous historical examples when inflation runs wild, a situation called hyperinflation. CNBC explains

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