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  • Accounting

    EBITDA may sound like a punch line from a Three Stooges film, but it's really an important tool for investors to figure out if a company that's taken their money, is doing well or not. CNBC explains.

  • The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest on record and threatens to spread. What is this disease, and how do people get it?

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    To help solve Europe's sovereign debt crisis, a special organization was set up in 2010 called the European Financial Stability Facility, or EFSF. So what is it and how does it work? CNBC explains.

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

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    When one business acquires another, there are several ways of financing the deal, including the use of the acquiring company’s shares to cover the cost of the transaction. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy discusses in a hypothetical example.

  • Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident outside Silverton, Colorado, August 14, 2015.

    It will take $54B to clean up 500,000 contaminated mines in the U.S. An antiquated mining law needs to be overhauled to fix the problem.

  • ETF

    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.

  • Executive orders are as old as the Constitution itself and usually steeped in controversy. Here's how they work.

  • Euro logo sign European Central Bank ECB Frankfurt Gerrmany

    The European Central Bank—or ECB—is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. Managing the euro and the countries that use it is a big task, as CNBC explains.

  • Actor Chevy Chase and actress Beverly D'Angelo on set of the Warner Bros. movie National Lampoon's 'European Vacation' in 1985.

    American tourists could be among the biggest beneficiaries of the weak euro.


    Before filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you need to know exactly what you're getting into.

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    Fair value is a tool used by investors to understand the relationship between the value of futures contracts and the current price of a stock. The term is used in pre-market hours to help forecast the direction of the market.

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    The federal funds rate is a key element in how banks operate in the U.S. So what is it, and how does it affect the banking system? CNBC explains.

  • The United States central bank, the Federal Reserve, buys and sells assets in the open market. How do these open market operations work? CNBC explains.

  • Five Players Who Can Drive Us Over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

    The fiscal cliff may sound like the name of an exercise retreat on a mountain top in Southern California, but the reality is not so pretty. What it refers to is the potentially dire economic situation the U.S. faces at the end of 2012.  Here's a look.

  • Forward Contracts: CNBC Explains

    Yield curves help investors understand the relationship between bonds of differing time horizons to maturity. CNBC explains.

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

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    Futures curves are important for companies to understand trading commodities on the open market. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

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    Margin accounts are a big part of buying and selling futures contracts, which allow buyers and sellers to protect themselves against price volatility. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy demonstrates the reasons for the existence of margin accounts for futures contracts.