Banking & Finance

First Merchants acquires Noblesville-based bank

July 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Muncie-based First Merchants Corp. has agreed to acquire Noblesville-based Community Bancshares Inc. for about $46 million in stock, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Financial planner parlays meals for clients into money lessons

July 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Joe Clark says the two things that seem to matter to people the most are food and money. He has found a way to combine the two, cooking for client families in their homes once or twice a month as he answers questions and gets to know them better.
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House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.
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Yellen says economy still needs Fed support

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.
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WellPoint stock ascends to a record $110 per share

July 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based WellPoint saw its shares close July 9 at $110.87 per share, compared with less than $85 just five months ago.
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Ball State hires prosecutor to review investment fraud

July 11, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis attorney Deborah Daniels will scrutinize what happened to $13.1 million.
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First Financial nabbing new hub, closing 3 branches

July 7, 2014
Mason King
Cincinnati-based First Financial Bank is shuffling its operations in the Indianapolis area, including moving its regional hub to a new downtown location and opening a high-profile branch in the same building.
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Tech firms get chance to pitch investorsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Seventy-six startups and small tech companies will vie for investors’ interest July 10 at the Innovation Showcase.
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Durham victims wait and wait, as quest for cash continues

July 5, 2014
Greg Andrews
The bankruptcy trustee who has been trying to scrape together money for victims of Indianapolis financier Tim Durham’s Ponzi scheme just struck two lawsuit settlements that underscore the daunting obstacles he faces.
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Dow Jones index tops 17,000 after strong jobs report

July 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 17,000 for the first time ever Thursday morning. The Standard & Poor’s 500 also hit an all-time high.
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IU students get more information, borrow less

July 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
A simple letter from Indiana University led its students to reduce borrowing by far more than the national average last academic year. Federal undergraduate Stafford loan disbursements at the university dropped 11 percent, or $31 million.
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State firms up crowdfunding rules for businesses

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana firms can use the Internet to raise up to $2 million in a single securities offering, and Hoosiers can invest up to $5,000 each online, according to new state rules.
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Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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High court sides with Fifth Third employees in dispute

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with bank employees in a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.
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Ball State fraud involved failed internal controls

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State Treasurer Randy Howard told The Star Press he doesn't know whether that failure involved deception by anyone at the university, lack of due diligence or both.
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Indiana man pleads guilty in fake credit union case

June 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of millions of dollars through a fake online credit union.
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Investors in church-related fraud to get most of their money

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
Investors will get 70 cents for every dollar they invested in an $85 million Ponzi scheme operated by a fundraising branch of the Church of God.
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Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday.
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IRS head says no obstruction of Congress in probe

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The head of the Internal Revenue Service brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility.
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Record number of Hoosier upstarts hunt for investorsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana companies are lining up for private investments in record numbers—a trend driven by the growth of dozens of Indianapolis technology companies that have left the startup stage and want to quickly hire and expand.
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INDIANA 100: Indiana public companies turned in contrasting performancesRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson, Anthony Schoettle
Profit shot up for some, while others fought setbacks.
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Audit finds 'intentional misuse' of funds by Elevate Ventures

June 19, 2014
Dan Human, Associated Press
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department says Elevate Ventures “intentionally misused” almost $500,000 in taxpayer funds when the state contractor invested in a company run by its board chairman.
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Sports memorabilia forfeited to help repay Ball State

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
A New York City man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $3.8 million has agreed to forfeit a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and boxing gloves autographed by Mike Tyson.
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Fed slows bond buying with fifth monthly reduction

June 18, 2014
The Federal Reserve will further slow the pace of its bond purchases because a strengthening U.S. job market needs less support.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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