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  • Who (Walter Isaacson thinks) invented the computer Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    Bill Gates and Steve Jobs played key roles in the revolution of the computer, but they did not invent it. The creator is debated to this day.

  • It pays to shop around before choosing a 529 plan Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:26 PM ET
    John Belushi in the movie "Animal House"

    Since 529 college plans can differ from state to state, you should research the features and tax benefits of each plan before you invest.

  • Is becoming a franchisee for you? Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:33 PM ET

    Aspiring business owners should consider the many advantages and disadvantages of operating a franchise before making the initial investment.

  • Why companies invest in R&D Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    Firms invest in R&D because they want to grow and it's hard for a company to remain competitive if it does not stay ahead of the curve.

  • Explaining the Herbalife 'controversy' Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Herbalife sells nutrition supplements but continues to be the target of Bill Ackman, who alleges the company is actually a pyramid scheme.

  • Why are craft beers becoming pricey? Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    Prices have gone up because of surging demand for the two main ingredients in craft beer: barley and hops.

  • Regulations ensure a strong NYC taxi experience Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    A vintage New York City taxi cab

    The yellow taxi industry provides over 450,000 trips a day. Regulations ensure that vehicles are safe for all riders.

  • Why it's so expensive to bring home the bacon Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    Due to a mysterious virus last year that killed herds of piglets, supply has dwindled and pushed prices way up.

  • How to rent your home for the summer (legally) Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    Homeowners willing to rent their homes to vacationers are discovering a lucrative revenue stream. Our expert explains how to do it legally.

  • What you need to know about quadruple witching Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    Refers to the quarterly expiration of four sets of options: individual stock options, stock futures, stock indexes and stock index futures.

  • What you need to know about Roth IRAs Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    There are income limits for contributing to a Roth IRA but not for converting a traditional IRA to a Roth. Here's what you need to know.

  • What is an IPO? Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    The Twitter banner hangs at the NYSE.

    An IPO -- or initial public offering -- is the process by which companies go from private to public and sell shares in their company to a larger group.

  • What is an index fund? Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Index funds generally have a lower fee structure than actively managed funds, because they're not as costly to manage.

  • Whaddya mean, 'buy the rumor, sell the news' Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    It's a tactic of stock trading based on rumors or moving events. The investor then dumps positions as the news is announced. Kenny Polcari explains.

  • FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    Net neutrality is a wonky policy that can affect your daily life and your consumption of entertainment, email and applications.

  • Running late on taxes? How to file an extension Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Might not get your taxes done by the deadline? Don't despair. The IRS will allow you more time if you fill out Form 4868 by the deadline.

  • Used by technical analysts to explain a small, brief recovery in the price of a declining stock or the market, which is then followed by a downtrend.

  • How to invest in gold (safely) Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    When investing in gold, it is important to remember what the much-hyped asset class is -- and what it is not.

  • What is high-frequency trading? Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    High-frequency trading is highly sophisticated computerized trading offering an edge to those who use it. But it is not without controversy.

  • What is tapering? Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Tapering is reducing and pulling back on the extraordinary measures that were put in place during the financial crisis of 2008.

  • What is the ‘Internet of Things’? Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Smart home technology.

    Re/code's Lauren Goode explains how it makes the smart home a reality and how it will change the way we live.

  • Do this to max out your Social Security benefits Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    By delaying your social security distribution, you can increase your yearly distribution by 8%.

  • The how-to behind 3-D printing Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Onlookers in Glasgow, Scotland, watch a MakerBot 3-D printer produce a figure.

    From jewelry to prosthetic limbs, 3-D printing has piqued interest from both consumers and businesses.

  • Why a market correction is not a bear market Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Corrections are short-term drops, but bear markets are more grizzly since they last longer, and generally result in a 20 percent decline in a major index like the Dow.

  • How can you make money with bitcoin? Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Although risky and still unregulated, the digital currency has value. But how do you make money?

  • How does touchscreen technology work? Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    One of the biggest trends in tech today is the touchscreen and it's so easy to use. A person’s body heat works as the electric conduit that generates an AC current. Go figure.