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Central Banking Explained

Corporate Accounting Explained

Crime and Law Explained

Currencies Explained

Economy Explained

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

  • Sequestration is a fiscal policy procedure adopted by Congress to deal with the federal budget deficit.

  • Americans often check their receipts to make sure they've bought everything they need, and probably to see if what they paid this time is any different from the last trip. The government does the same with the Consumer Price Index. Here are the details. 

Equities Explained

  • In conventional terms, front running is something that happens within a firm. That definition has changed recently.

  • 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.

  • An initial public offering—or IPO as it's most commonly called—is the way for companies to go from private to public and sell stock shares in their firm. Here's a look at how the IPO process unfolds as CNBC explains.

Funds & Investments Explained

  • About $1.7 trillion is invested in variable annuities, yet most investors don't know how to value their holdings.

  • Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    Paul Volcker was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Reagan and Carter. But his name is becoming more well-known for a part of the Dodd–Frank  reform bill. It's called the Volcker rule, and CNBC explains.

  • Exchange-Traded Funds, also known as ETFs, are a new breed of investments. In a nutshell, they are managed funds that can be traded on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy illustrates the flexibility of ETFs in an example.

Global Economy Explained

  • People walk past a poster that reads "Yesterday, Braden or Peron - Today: Griesa or Cristina," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29, 2014.

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

  • As Pope Francis assumes leadership of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he's got his work cut out for him on many fronts.

  • 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.

Markets Explained

Personal Finance Explained

Taxes Explained

Technology Explained

  • In conventional terms, front running is something that happens within a firm. That definition has changed recently.

  • You don't have to be Edward Snowden to hide your email from the NSA. Here is a basic primer on email encryption.

  • Cloud computing means being able to access the Internet anywhere, anytime and being able to use any and all of the data and applications you want.

Real Estate Explained

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