Banking & Finance

Indiana senator to push for municipal bankruptcy law

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana lawmaker says he will push a measure next year that would change state law to allow local governments to file for bankruptcy like Detroit did in July.
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Newcomer banks slice into 'overheated' Indianapolis marketRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Newer entrants are chasing market share with convenient hours, quick decisions and narrower niches of customers.
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Indiana state banks regaining pre-meltdown assetsRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Recovery doesn't mean banks have escaped challenges.
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DUNCAN: Dodd-Frank hems in many nonbank lendersRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
David Duncan / Special to IBJ
'Dealer markups' in jeopardy in push to protect consumers.
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City Securities' stumble opens door to rivalsRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
City Securities Corp. has dominated the Indiana municipal bond market for decades, but the firm’s recent $580,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could give issuers pause and competitors a foot in the door in the underwriting business.
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Life sciences venture capital dips againRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital surged in the first half of 2012, to $51.6 million in Indiana. But the pace of activity here fell off sharply in the second half of last year, and remained sluggish into 2013.
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New front opens in family battle over Mel Simon fortuneRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Greg Andrews
Bren Simon is pushing hard for a distribution from the estate now, citing as precedent an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling in another case that “as a matter of policy, beneficiaries should not be starved of distributions to which they are undisputably entitled.”
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CNO Financial gung-ho on share buybacksRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
The Carmel-based financial services company said that, during the second quarter, it repurchased $59.4 million of its securities, including 4.4 million common shares for $50 million.
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Venture capitalist Neff replacing Evans as AIT chief

August 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's the latest in a string of leadership changes at the testing lab. Neff is coming from CHV Capital, the venture capital arm of Indiana University Health, where he had been CEO.
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Local brokerage Goelzer reaches $500,000 settlement with SEC

August 1, 2013
Jeff Newman
Indianapolis-based Goelzer Investment Management Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle SEC charges that it misled many of its clients over a period of 13 years, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in trading fees.
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Regulators: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from two power grid operators, including the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which is based in Carmel.
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Centre Properties escapes foreclosure on 12 properties

July 30, 2013
Jeff Newman
Financial terms of the agreements, announced in a written statement, were not disclosed, but the mortgages involve tens of millions of dollars in debt on retail properties spread throughout the area.
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City Securities paying $580,000 to settle SEC probe

July 29, 2013
Greg Andrews
The SEC said the Indianapolis investment firm and a southern Indiana school district made false statements to bond investors. The agency also said the head of City's municipal bond division, Randy Ruhl, provided improper gifts to bond issuers.
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Under-the-radar utility-locating firm scores nearly $1B saleRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based United States Infrastructure Corp. just changed hands for the third time in five years—but not because it’s a hot potato nobody wants. Quite the contrary, as the latest sale price—nearly $1 billion—demonstrates.
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Bank seeks abatement to construct office space along I-69

July 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Economic development leaders in Fishers are asking the Town Council to OK a six-year property tax abatement to help First Internet Bancorp construct as many as two office buildings.
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Bidders lining up to build key I-69 legRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Five global financing and construction teams want to build the next stage of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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Home Loan Bank taps CFO for top jobRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Cindy Konich is the new CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. She succeeds Milton J. Miller, 57, who retired July 1.
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Angie's List shares fall as eBay plans competing model

July 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Angie’s List's stock continued to tumble Thursday morning after an analyst downgraded the stock following a report that Internet giant eBay will test its own consumer-reviews site in the United Kingdom.
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Faithful are victims at both ends of church scam

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
Nearly a decade after the government took over an Indiana brokerage firm whose leaders scammed more than 10,000 devout investors out of millions of dollars, officials are still trying to get their money back without forcing congregations out of their houses of worship.
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First Internet earnings jump on lending gains

July 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Commercial real estate lending for First Internet jumped 64 percent, to $112.7 million, in the second quarter. And commercial and industrial lending nearly doubled, to $15.3 million.
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Mighty Oxford Financial loses big case with clientRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Greg Andrews
An arbitrator ordered the Carmel financial-advisory firm to pay $2.2 million to Reid Hospital & Health Services of Richmond. The dispute involved a delay in executing trades in 2011 that the hospital alleged cost it $2.5 million.
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Regulators suspend broker for not disclosing bankruptcyRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
FINRA fined Zionsville financial adviser Stephen W. Bracken $5,000 and barred him from affiliating with a member firm for three months.
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Regional bank Fifth Third sees 58-percent rise in profit

July 18, 2013
Associated Press
Cincinnati-based Fifth Third, which has more than 800 employees at roughly 45 branches in Indianapolis, on Thursday reported net income available to common shareholders of $594 million.
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Stocks edge up as Bernanke reassures on stimulus

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the bank would consider reducing its stimulus program if the economy improves, but emphasized that the reductions were "by no means on a preset course."
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Big Anderson church files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

July 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Madison Park Church of God bought a 200-acre site near Interstate 69 in 2007 and built a church there using three bridge loans. One $6 million loan matured on July 12 and couldn't be repaid.
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