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Lawyer: Raising money will get harder

September 13, 2010
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Noting banking reform already has limited the pool of investors for private placements, Jeremy Hill expects regulators to tighten restrictions even more.
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New venture capital firm off to blazingly fast start

September 9, 2010
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Cultivian Ventures began investing in a no-man's land just as the financial crisis ramped up, and now it's already considering a second fund.
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Market losses hammer Indiana colleges

August 16, 2010
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Three institutions flagged by U.S. Department of Education financial responsibility test.
 
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Auer: Dow 20,000 by 2020

July 29, 2010
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Fund manager says rational thinking suggests the future is actually quite bright.
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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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City Securities chief likes Tea Party

March 30, 2010
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You know times have changed when the head of Indianapolis’ main investment bank can identify with the Tea Party movement.
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Business plans run dry for angel network

March 19, 2010
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Halo Capital Group cancels regular meeting for lack of deals to peruse.
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Why Indiana stocks are lagging

March 10, 2010
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Hoosier companies aren’t faring as badly as a key index suggests.
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Gonzo BMW riders

March 9, 2010
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The biker who nearly ran you into the ditch just might be your friendly investment banker.
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Underrated entrepreneurs

February 5, 2010
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The Indianapolis area is home to myriad unsung entrepreneurs who run interesting companies, make money and create good jobs. Here are some of them.
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Vetting your sweetheart

January 27, 2010
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With Valentine's Day approaching, a Purdue prof calls for sober due diligence before engagement rings find their way onto fingers.
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'Most accurate' forecaster predicts surge

December 28, 2009
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A rising stock market will prompt consumers to start spending again, says Barclays economist Dean Maki.
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Rich flocking to real estate

November 30, 2009
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A survey shows wealthy investors are targeting real estate. But what about Indianapolis?
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Green light for local IPOs?

August 25, 2009
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If nothing else, you have to admire the patience shown by ExactTarget and Aprimo, two of the area's hottest tech companies, as they await better conditions to launch their initial public offerings.
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Gold at $1,000 an ounce

February 20, 2009
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The gold hawkers are right, at least for now. Gold has been a better investment than stocks, bonds and other conventional places to park moneyâ??hitting $1,000 an ounce today. That signals investors are nervous about prospects for the economy...
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Working longer in 'retirement'

January 22, 2009
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Before the most recent recession began in late 2007 and wiped out many a savings account, other factors already were forcing more Americans to delay their retirement dreams. Mainly, weâ??re living longer, which means retiring at the traditional age...
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Thoughts on Schrenker

January 15, 2009
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One of the themes emerging from the developing story about Marcus Schrenker is that he was driven to personal destruction at least partly by greed. The Fishers investment manager had a history of living well beyond his means, and...
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A remarkable comment

January 5, 2009
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Indiana has never been known as a hotbed of venture capital deals. That recognition has long gone to California and Massachusetts, and the numbers fall off quickly in other states. So a statement in this weekendâ??s IBJ was noteworthy...
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Katz Sapper's embarrassment

December 17, 2008
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Yesterdayâ??s disclosure by KSM Capital Advisors that its clients might be out $15 million from the alleged Madoff scandal probably wonâ??t be the last local fallout. At minimum, it has been a stressful and embarrassing time for a...
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Saving our way deeper into a hole

November 20, 2008
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A recent article in The Economist predicts a deep recession next year if we Americans abandon our spendthrift ways and swing back to a savings lifestyle. What other nation, the magazine wonders, would buy enough things to keep...
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Reasons not to retire

October 1, 2008
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Plenty of people plan to work until at least age 67, when eligibility for full Social Security benefits kicks in, a new study shows. And itâ??s not just for the money. Many say remaining in the workplace will help them...
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Do you demand a 401(k)?

August 11, 2008
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Corporations are boosting 401(k) plans even as they abandon traditional pension plans. Workers are getting automatic enrollment, more investment options and greater contributions from employers. Employees want 401(k)s, and theyâ??re good for business, companies say. In fact, companies without 401(k)s...
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Boone incomes edging Hamilton

April 30, 2008
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Hamilton County is where the wealth is, followed by Boone County, right? Not necessarily, anymore. The average person in Boone County now makes more money than the average person next door in Hamilton County. In an upcoming column in IBJ, Morton Marcus, who...
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The merits of earthquake coverage

April 18, 2008
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Everyone has a story to tell today about this morningâ??s earthquake, which came from West Salem, Ill., and measured 5.4 on the Richter scale. People were awakened. Things moved. This quake was a piker compared to the devastation the...
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University foundations and tuition

March 3, 2008
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College and university foundations have been raking in the dollars in the past few years due to big investment returns. Millions of dollars have flowed in. As IBJ reporter Tracy Donhardt wrote in this weekendâ??s paper, critics say more of...
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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