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  • You may have heard this term in the aftermath of the real estate bubble. So what is an underwater mortgage? CNBC explains.

  • Knowing the number of people who are unemployed is a key way to measure the state of the economy. So how is unemployment actually measured? CNBC explains.

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    For anyone who has computed taxes, “tax brackets” are a familiar term -- but how they work can be complicated. Salman Khan of the Khan Academy breaks down and explains the U.S. income tax schedule.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Workers aboard the Maersk Alabama

    So what is an American ship? The simple answer is a ship flying the U.S. flag. But it can get a little more complicated given economics and law.

  • A man kayaks on Tall Pines Circle in Columbia, South Carolina, on Oct. 4, 2015.

    The flooding in South Carolina has been referred to as a once-in-a-1,000-year rain. It may sound like hyperbole, but it's actual science.

  • Wells Notice—CNBC Explains

    If a company or individual gets what's called a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission, they won't be very happy to say the least. But who might get one and what do the signify? CNBC explains.

  • Quadruple witch

    Today's a witching day. It may sound ominous, but it's really just the alignment of some important time periods for the markets.  CNBC explains ....

  • The Japanese yen hit a seven-month high on Monday, as the dollar hit a seven-month low. Is there a new currency king in the markets?

CNBC Explains

  • Capitalism has been embraced in the West for generations, transforming how societies worked and lived in the process. However its time may be running out, as politicians and billionaires alike question its relevance in the world we live in today. CNBC's Timothyna Duncan explains from the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • India is one of the world's fastest growing large economies, sometimes being touted as a potential economic and geopolitical counterweight to China. Recently, however, its growth fell to its slowest pace in six years. So what's causing this slowdown, and how can it be reversed? CNBC's Tom Chitty explains.

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    It has been more than three years since U.K. voters said they wanted to leave the European Union. Yet despite being scheduled to depart from the EU in March 2019, Brexit has now been postponed several times. So, what is the hold up? CNBC's Silvia Amaro explains why the process is taking so long.