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Show Me: How Bad Is the Student Debt Crush?
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Saving Up? Find the Hidden Fees Buried in Your Retirement Plan
Mutual funds have a small fee that can add up over time.
How Job Losses Can Actually Be Job Gains
In a given month, the jobs report could be both a win and a loss for the economy. To make sense of it all, the Bureau of Labor applies a formula that finds trends. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
The Magical Math Behind Retirement Savings
Compound interest, sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world, can turn a small pile of coins into pools and pools of cash. Illustrated by Bård Edlund.
And the Secret to a Strong Password Is...
A strong password can take many shapes and sizes, but one of the best way to thwart a hacker is to make your password long. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
Big Money, High Stakes: The Year Ahead in Politics
Chuck Todd walks us through what to expect in 2015.
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Show Me the Money: Just How Valuable Is Christmas?
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Tangled Web: Secrets of the Hidden Internet Explained
Buried below the surface of the web as we know it, you can find secrets, and unsavory behavior. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
Every Last Penny: The Booming Funeral Business
From the hearse to the casket, the average cost for a funeral can run up to eight thousand dollars. But a time of mourning doesn't have to be a time of spending, if you're careful.
Where Does Chocolate Come From?
Worldwide production of chocolate is worth about $100 billion per year. CNBC's John Schoen takes a look inside the sweetest industry. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
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Speed Matters: How High Frequency Traders Cash In
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Infographic: Are Female CEOs More Likely to Be Dismissed?
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Mortgage Mystery Solved! How Lenders Pick Your Rate
Show Me: It might sound crazy that two people purchasing two similar houses could come away with wildly different mortgages, but as Diana Olick explains, a mortgage is really about a deal that happens outside of view. Illustrated by Vin Liota.
Infographic: How Much Money Do You Carry?
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Bulbs to Bouquets: Inside the Global Flower Market
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How High Frequency Trading Works
Some say it rigs the markets in favor of the big guys. Others say it makes the markets operate more efficiently. But how does it really work?
Fewer Startups Means Better Job Market
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Why Does the GDP Change So Much?
The Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is constantly being revived. That‘s because counting all the goods and services sold in the country can be a challenging and overwhelming task. Usually, the government issues at least three versions of the GDP, but last year, the figure was revised all the way back to 1929. Watch this video, reported with CNBC’s Jeff Cox to learn why.
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