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Ted Cruz Net Worth: Assets and Liabilities

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Ted Cruz net worth: It became the subject of debate in 2012. That's when Cruz and his wife, Heidi, poured their entire life savings into his campaign.

This hefty donation, by the way, paid off.

Now here's what the Texas senator has on the books for his presidential run...

4 Stock Market Conspiracies That Just Might Keep You Up at Night


There are some stock market conspiracy theories out there that seem astoundingly plausible. Take market manipulation, for example...

Oh, wait. That really does happen! Five banks just pleaded guilty to that on May 20 and were ordered to pay a fine of $5.7 billion.

Here are four more stock market conspiracy theories that just might keep you up at night...

How Much the Banks Were Fined This Week – BCS, C, JPM, RBS, UBS, BAC

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On Wednesday, five of the world's biggest banks pled guilty to manipulating foreign currency rates for their own benefits. They will now pay a combined $5.6 billion in penalties.

With this week's settlements, big banks have now paid more than $60 billion in fines over the past two years.

This chart shows how much the banks were fined this week.

The Most Dangerous Financial Headline I've Seen Since the 2008 Crisis


In my capacity as Chief Investment Strategist, I read newsfeeds from more than 100 sources every day. That helps me keep tabs on the Unstoppable Trends we follow at Total Wealth, what's going on around the world, and, more importantly, discover opportunities for you that others don't yet understand or even recognize.

Given everything going on - ISIS, Russia, Washington, fabricated economic numbers, earnings... you name it - it takes a lot to surprise me. I'm pretty jaded.

But a headline I recently came across stopped me in my tracks. Cold...

5 Stories to Watch Before the Stock Market Opens Today

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Stock market news today, April 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 143 points on Friday to finish at 16,026.75. The Nasdaq dropped 54 points to finish at 3,999.73, while the S&P 500 lost 17 points to end the day at 1,815.69.

Here are the top five news stories to watch in the stock market today...

GrubHub IPO: Mobile Market Key to GrubHub's Success

Investors can add another deal to the 2014 IPO calendar, with the GrubHub IPO expected to take place on Thursday, April 3.

Today, Grubhub officials announced that they have upped the price range on Grubhub stock to $23 to $25, from a previous range of $20 to $22.

Last week, GrubHub officials announced that they plan to raise approximately $155 million in an initial public offering by selling 7.03 million shares.

Now that the GrubHub IPO financial info has been released, investors are investigating the company.

These are the numbers they'll want to watch...

The Biggest Stock Market News Today, March 27, 2014

Biggest Stock market news today, March 27, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 98.89 points to finish at 16,268.99 on Wednesday. The Nasdaq fell 60.69 points close at 4,173.58, while the S&P 500 slipped 13.06 points to settle at 1,852.56.

On Thursday, investors will be looking to GDP revisions and for any good news in the housing market. A gain in pending home sales would be surprising, and would increase the summer outlook for home sales.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Advances on Today's Top Stock Market News

Stock market today, March 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.55% to finish at 16,336.19. The S&P 500 added 0.72% to end the day at 1,872.25, while the Nasdaq jumped 1.25% to close at 4,333.31.

The big news today includes a surge in U.S. food prices on the horizon, yet another U.S. bank settling for its bad behavior, Russia annexing Crimea, and a Microsoft swell to near-record levels not seen since 2000.

Here's what you need to know after the bell...

Big Bank Earnings Is One of the Most Significant Events of 2014 – And It Could Bring You a Fortune

The Big Banks reporting earnings this week will be one of the most significant events of 2014. In the big picture, how the banks fare and what their future prospects are could single-handily determine the trajectory and breadth of the recovery we've been hoping for. Even more importantly,

their "financials" could have major implications for your money...

Earnings Today: Citigroup (NYSE: C), Coca Cola (NYSE: KO), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

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Third-quarter earnings season has picked up, with a number of companies posting earnings today before the opening bell and two tech giants set to report after the close.

When Q3 earnings kicked off a week ago, analysts estimated third-quarter earnings would come in 6.5% higher than the same quarter a year ago.

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The Best Investments Before the Fed QE Taper

Now that it looks like Janet Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke as chief of the Federal Reserve, investors need to re-think how the Fed under her guidance will affect the markets.

Here's what to expect, so you can start planning ahead...

Here's What Really Happened to Citigroup's (NYSE:C) Vikram Pandit

The only big deal about Vikram Pandit "stepping down" as Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) CEO and his removal from the board is that it didn't happen sooner.

The truth is he didn't leave voluntarily. He was given an ultimatum by the "new" board of directors: resign or be fired.

Poor old Vikram. This was a setup from the start.

He ended up at Citigroup when the mega-bank bought his Old Lane hedge fund for more than $800 million.

Poor old Vik pocketed about $165 million in the sale and continued to run the fund, some say into the ground, until Citi shut it down.

In 2007, my favorite Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) ex-CEO Robert Rubin (who after pandering to all the big banks in the country as Secretary of the Treasury in Bill Clinton's administration, then pimped himself to Citigroup after allowing Citibank to merge with Sandy Weill's Travelers insurance conglomerate (that owned Salomon Smith Barney) in an illegal deal that required Congress to kill prudent banking laws (Glass-Steagall) to make it legal actually handpicked Vikram to run the bank.

Super rich-boy Bob Rubin, of course, had nothing to do with running Citibank after making it the mega-bank it became as a result of the merger; he was merely a special consultant to the board, or some B.S. like that.

But here's what really happened...

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Why Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit Was Forced Out (NYSE: C)

Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit announced today (Tuesday) he has made an abrupt departure from the troubled bank, the day after it reported third-quarter earnings that beat estimates.

The story became more interesting as the day wore on after it was announced he was forced out by the board.

The theories as to why Pandit would be asked to leave got juicier as the Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) CEO's exit was paired with the co-resignation of Citi COO John Havens, a long-time associate of Pandit.

Mike Holland, chairman of New York-based Holland & Co, which oversees more than $4 billion of assets told Reuters, "It's not a shock that [Pandit] is no longer there, but the surprise is this is all happening very quickly. Why is he leaving so quickly? I'm not a Citi shareholder, but if I were I'd be disappointed that Havens is gone, in some ways more than Pandit."

The timing hinted the two exits were not simply a natural transition, but instead related to some skeletons lurking in the bank's boardroom.

Just as quick and startling was the immediate removal of Pandit's name and photo from Citigroup's Website.

The swift announcement that Michael Corbat, previously chief executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa, would replace Pandit as Citi's CEO and board member also raised some eyebrows.

So what could've caused this sudden changing of the guard?

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What the Moody's U.S. Bank Downgrades Mean for Investors

Moody's ratings agency issued five U.S. bank downgrades Thursday and a total of 15 cuts for global institutions, but markets shook off the news.

The ratings agency cited concerns about the stability of the global systems. Moody's said the banks are not as sound now as they were before the recent global financial woes and contagion.

"All of the banks affected by today's actions have significant exposure to the volatility and risk of outsized losses inherent to capital markets activities," Greg Bauer, Moody's Global Managing Director, said in a statement Thursday.

Included in the ratings cuts were Citigroup (NYSE: C), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM).

Bank of America and Citi are now rated just two notches above junk status, while Morgan Stanley sits a hair higher at three notches above junk.

Moody's announcement came after the close Thursday, a rocky day for markets with the Dow Jones ending down 250 points and the Nasdaq lower by 71.

The cuts appeared to be a non-event in trading Friday. Shortly after the open, all three major indexes were modestly higher, with affected banks all in the green.

But Moody's U.S. bank downgrades could be a precursor to aggressive trading activity.

"It is a trading indicator that speaks to more volatility in the future for the banks as traders will be jumping all over earnings, derivatives moves, counterparty fears, correlation concerns, "negative watch" implications and regulatory impacts," said Money Morning Capital Waves Strategist Shah Gilani. "I expect the volume in financials to go higher as traders play them more and more."

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Stock Market Today: Citigroup Earnings (NYSE: C), U.S. Retail Sales Fuel Rally

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) followed the lead of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) when it reported better-than-expected earnings Monday morning, sending the Dow up more than 100 points.

Citigroup earnings, along with a healthy U.S. retail sales report, fueled a morning rally that followed the markets' worst week of 2012. The Dow last week lost 1.6%, the S&P 500 Index sank 2% and the Nasdaq slumped 2.3%.

The Dow shot up about 123 points in the first few minutes of trading, and Citigroup climbed 3%. The Dow cooled its soaring start to about 65 points by 1 p.m. EDT, and Citi was last trading at $34.04, still up about 1.9%.

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