Banking & Finance

REITs tumble most since 2011 on concern of rising rates

June 19, 2013
Associated Press
Shares in U.S. real estate investment trusts fell the most in 19 months Wednesday. Three major REITs, all based in Indianapolis, saw their shares drop on Wednesday.
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World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
Financial markets have been gyrating in the 3½ weeks since Bernanke told Congress the Fed might scale back its effort to keep long-term rates at record lows within "the next few meetings"— earlier than many had assumed.
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Hilbert puts MH management company into Chapter 11

June 15, 2013
Greg Andrews
The move, the latest fallout from the executive's feud with hardware king John Menard, puts on hold a Wisconsin lawsuit that sought millions of dollars from the company.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Suit: Menard pressured Tomisue Hilbert for sexual favors

June 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit charges Tomisue Hilbert's rejection of the billionaire is the real reason he launched a bitter battle to remove her husband, Steve Hilbert, as CEO of the Indianapolis-based private-equity funds the three of them started in 2005.
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Estate of Financial Center's former CEO seeks death benefit

June 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The widow of former Financial Center CEO Roger Youngs alleges in a lawsuit that the Indianapolis credit union owes his estate $936,162, per his retirement agreement.
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Top 6 ExactTarget officers reap $92.5M in option gains in sale

June 13, 2013
Dan Human
The gains for top brass represent about one-third of the $277 million in option gains that the company's 1,700-person work force will rack up, regulatory filings show.
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Agency: Opting for overdrafts means higher fees

June 11, 2013
Associated Press
A U.S. agency says consumers who opt for overdraft coverage on their checking accounts pay higher fees and are more likely to have their accounts closed than those who decline it.
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ExactTarget option gains approach $300MRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
xactTarget Inc.’s sale will swell the value of employee stock options to nearly $300 million—a windfall local tech experts expect will launch a wave of entrepreneurship over the next several years.
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Upstate bank headed for FishersRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
A Warsaw-based bank will build in Fishers its second Indianapolis-area office.
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Stocks swoon after weak economic reports

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
Companies like miners, banks and chemical makers, whose fortunes are most closely tied to the prospects for growth, fell the most. That's a sign investors are becoming less confident in the U.S. economy.
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National mortgage settlement checks in the mail

June 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says checks totaling more than $26 million will be mailed to more than 18,000 Indiana consumers this month containing shares of the National Mortgage Settlement.
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IEDC rolling out $1M diversity investment fund

June 4, 2013
Greg Andrews
Fund managers will seek to invest in companies owned by minorities, women and veterans that have sustainable competitive advantages, scalable business models and the potential for meaningful job creation.
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Bank seeks to foreclose on architectural firm’s HQ

June 3, 2013
Scott Olson
KeyBank has filed a lawsuit against A2SO4 Architecture and is asking a judge to appoint a receiver to manage the property at 540 N. College Ave. The bank says it is owed nearly $1 million.
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Average household far from regaining wealth, study says

May 31, 2013
Associated Press
The average U.S. household has regained less than half the wealth it lost to the Great Recession, a report released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis concluded.
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Old National to close 13 Indy bank branches

May 29, 2013
Mason King
The move, part of a statewide effort to streamline operations and save money, will leave 27 Old National branches in the nine-county area.
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First Merchants accused of overdraft fee violations

May 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A lawsuit seeking class-action status alleges that the Muncie-based bank manipulated the timing of customers' transactions to cause their checking accounts to bounce more frequently, generating millions of dollars in overdraft fees.
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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $680K

May 29, 2013
Associated Press
Fifty-three-year-old Karen Armacost of Franklin admitted to forging hundreds of checks between 2007 and 2012 from the Greenwood Orthopaedics surgical group.
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Horizon Bank gains access to Mass Ave with building purchase

May 28, 2013
Scott Olson
Michigan City-based Horizon Bank bought the two-story building at 302 N. Alabama St. for $1.5 million and is embarking on a "substantial" investment in the property.
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FDIC sues executives over Irwin failureRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has filed suit against four former officers of defunct Irwin Financial Corp. banks, alleging they “closed their eyes to known risks” in approving loans that contributed to the banks’ 2009 takeover by regulators.
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Finish Line's cash hoard could make it alluring targetRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based retailer is debt-free and has amassed $227 million in cash on its balance sheet. That works out to $4.63 per share.
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Mayor suspends land bank after indictments

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday sidelined a city program that sells vacant and tax-delinquent properties, one day after federal prosecutors indicted two of its top officials for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks.
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Stonegate raises $115M to fund jumbo mortgage expansion

May 22, 2013
Bloomberg News
The fast-growing Indianapolis-based firm will use the funds to fuel originations of loans not intended for government-backed programs, as well as to build its portfolio of servicing contracts, CEO Jim Cutillo said.
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Centerfield rounds up $171M for new fundRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis private investment firm has raised one of the largest-ever funds in the state. Centerfield Capital Partners pulled in $171 million that it plans to invest in about 20 companies. Its two previous funds totaled $60 million and $116 million.
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Firms ladle trips, car allowances on top of rich pay packagesRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Dan Human
Senior executives at Indiana's public companies last year received, on average, more in perks than the typical Hoosier earned all year, IBJ found after reviewing Securities and Exchange Commission documents for more than 60 Indiana companies.
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