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  • Bonds and Rates Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    Topics: Annual Interest and Debt Maturity | Bank Leverage Rules | Interest Rate Swaps | Treasury Bond Prices and Yields | The Yield Curve | LIBOR

  • Central Banking Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 2:56 AM ET

    Topics: The Beige Book | Debt Ceiling | Capital Controls | The Federal Reserve | Federal Reserve Open Market | National Debt | Quantitative Easing

  • Commodities Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 8:28 AM ET

    Topics: Arbitraging Futures | Backwardation | Chocolate prices | Commodity Futures | Contango | Forward Contracts | Futures Curves | Futures Margins | Hedging Futures Contracts | Oil pricing

  • Corporate Accounting Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
    Accounting

    Topics: 10-K | Amortization and Depreciation | Book Value Vs. Market Value | Capital Structure | CEO pay | Earnings Bellweathers | Income Statements | Mark-to-Market Accounting | NCAA Two-tier system | NFL finances | Pensions | Tax Inversions

  • Crime and Law Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 1:49 AM ET

    Topics: Dodd-Frank Act | Executive Orders | Farm Bill | Gun laws, state by state | Indiana's Religious Freedom law | Insider Trading | Internet Neutrality | NCAA bylaws | Overtime Pay | Securities and Exchange | Strike vs. Lockout | Tax Reform

  • Currencies Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    Topics: Bitcoin | Capital Controls | China-U.S. Currency Situation | China's Floating Exchange Rate | China's Currency Peg | Currency Carry Trade | Deflation | Hyperinflation | Inflation | Stagflation | Swiss Franc

  • Economy Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 3:36 AM ET

    Topics: Continuing Resolution | Consumer Price Index | Deflation | Debt Ceiling | Fiscal Cliff | Federal Funds Rate | Goldilocks Economy | Hyperinflation | Inflation | The Laffer Curve | Market Correction | Medicare and Medicaid | Producer Price Index | Recession | Sequestration | Stagflation | Social Security | Unemployment |

  • Equities Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 3:03 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Topics: Stock Shorting | Market Capitalization | Alpha and Beta | Initial Public Offering | Preferred Stock | Front running

  • Funds & Investments Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 4:28 AM ET

    Topics: Accredited investors | Asset Allocation | Breaking the Buck | Closed-End Mutual Funds | Dow Jones Industrial Average | Exchange-Traded Funds(ETFs) | Hedge Funds | Hedging Investments Against Risk | Investing Basics | Money Market Funds | Open-Ended Mutual Funds | Variable Annuities | Volcker Rule

  • Global Economy Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:37 AM ET

    Topics: Argentine Default | BRICS | Capital Controls | EFSF | Gross Domestic Product | The IMF | PIIGS | Sovereign Debt | Vatican Finances

  • Health and Health Care Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Topics: Bird flu | Ebola | Healthcare exchanges | Listeria | Immunotherapy | Obamacare | Obamacare minimums

  • Markets Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:49 AM ET

    Topics: Arbitrage | Capitulation | Collateralized Debt Obligations | Credit Default Swaps | Denial of Service Attack | Dow Jones Industrial Average | Fair Value | High Frequency Trading | IPOs | Limit Up, Limit Down | Market Circuit Breakers | Mortgage-Backed Securities | Moving Day Average | Private Equity | Quantitative Trading Real Vs. Nominal Returns | Roadshow | Wells Notice | Witching Hour

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    Topics: Merger Arbitrage | Stock Dilution | Stock Price Behavior After an Acquisition | Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs) | Equity Acquisitions

  • Options Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 3:10 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Topics: Put-Call Parity Arbitrage | 'Long Straddle' Options Strategy | Options as Investments | Put Options as Protection | Reading Options Quotes | Put Options | Call Options

  • Personal Finance Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 7:23 AM ET

    Topics: Life Insurance and Death Probability | Investing Basics | Investing vs. Paying Off Loans | Healthcare Exchanges | Investment Fees | Obamacare | Obamacare Costs | Obamacare Deadlines | MyRA | Saving | Retirement | Variable Annuities

  • Real Estate Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

    Topics: Under Water Mortgages | Case-Shiller Home Price Index | REO | Housing Starts | Jumbo Mortage

  • Taxes Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 8:00 AM ET
    Taxes 1040

    Topics: The Alternative Minimum Tax | Carried Interest | Corporate Tax Inversions | Gingrich-Edwards tax loophole| Tax Deductions | U.S. Income Tax Basics | Tax Do's and Don'ts | Tax Reform | Wealth-gap Tax Fix

  • Technology Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 7:05 AM ET

    Topics: 4G | Airbags | Airplane Black Box Recorder | Autopilot | Cloud Computing | Denial of Service Attack | Email Encryption | Front Running | High Frequency Trading | Malware | Messaging Services | Net Neutrality | Santa Tracking | Streaming Music

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