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  • The rift between machinists spreads: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 5:24 PM ET
    Machinists union members and supporters cheer at a rally asking members to vote against a proposed contract Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Seattle.

    The rift between the local and national offices of the IAM has become bigger due to differing approaches taken while dealing with the new Boeing labor contract.

  • Macroprudential Policy: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | 7:05 AM ET

    Macroprudential policy is the trend now, and is markedly different from previous fiscal policy. What's everyone talking about? Here's what it means.

  • Malware: CNBC Explains Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 11:03 AM ET
    Hand using mouse with laptop

    It's hard to stay out of trouble on the Internet. Even if you avoid sites with questionable content, there are plenty of pitfalls and traps that subtly install programs which then wreak havoc on your computer.

  • Market Capitalization: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:07 AM ET

    A company’s market capitalization, also known simply as “market cap”, is an indication of how much that company is worth on the open market. How do you compute a company’s market capitalization?

  • Market Circuit Breakers: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 11:59 AM ET

    Stock exchanges may need to stop panic selling by taking certain steps to halt trading. These moves are called market circuit breakers—or collars.  So how do they work? When are the used? CNBC explains.

  • Market Correction: CNBC Explains Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 2:29 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    A stock correction may seem like something is getting 'fixed' on Wall Street, but usually it's a trigger for financial losses. So what is a correction? CNBC explains.

  • Mark-to-Market Accounting: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:45 AM ET

    How does fair value differ from the historical cost of assets, and why would these valuations fluctuate? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains in a simplified example.

  • Medicare and Medicaid: CNBC Explains Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 3:47 PM ET

    Medicare and Medicaid are often confused with each other as both are government sponsored health programs. But there are major differences. CNBC explains.

  • Merger Arbitrage: CNBC Explains Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 8:50 AM ET

    For various reasons, during an acquisition financed by stock, shares of the two companies involved may not trade at the correct ratios, opening an arbitrage opportunity. How does simple merger arbitrage work and how can you take advantage of it? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy runs through a hypothetical example.

  • What's all the fuss about messaging services? Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 4:18 PM ET
    WhatsApp displayed on a Samsung Galaxy S4, left, and an iPhone.

    CNBC breaks down the basics of three popular messaging services that let you do more than text.

  • Money Market Funds: CNBC Explains Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

    As an alternative to savings accounts at a commercial bank, many people choose to put their money into money market accounts set up by way of money market funds. What are they and how are they constituted?

  • Mortgage-Backed Securities: CNBC Explains Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 11:11 AM ET

    Buying a home is usually the biggest individual investment people make in their lifetime and more often than not, a mortgage is involved. With such large sums of money involved in the mortgage market, financial firms profit by using a type financial instrument called mortgage-backed securities, or MBS.

  • Moving Day Average: CNBC Explains Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 2:09 PM ET

    The term moving average is frequently used in relation to the stock market. CNBC explains.

  • The limits of Obama's 'MyRA' retirement plans Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 12:53 PM ET
    President Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Dept. of the Treasury to create the new “myRA” savings program in West Mifflin, Pa., on Jan. 29, 2014.

    The president's plan offers households with no retirement savings a place to start. But it comes with some serious shortcomings compared to IRAs.

  • What is NATO, and why is it so important? Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:57 PM ET
    The NATO emblem sculpture at the organization's headquarters in Brussels.

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

  • National Debt: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 12:51 PM ET

    The U.S. debt is at record levels as  economists and politicians warn about the dangers it poses for the country. So what is the debt and how does it effect you? Here are some basics.

  • How NCAA rich will stay richer: Two-tier economy Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 5:55 PM ET
    Ed O'Bannon

    The new NCAA autonomy rules will allow the five most powerful conferences in college sports to create a new definition of "student-athlete."

  • How the NFL makes the most money of any pro sport Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    CNBC explains the brands, labor battles and big contracts that are X's and O's in the playbook of a huge US moneymaker: the NFL economy.

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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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