Banking & Finance

Steak n Shake’s value menu isn’t all that looks cheapRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
Investors may be undervaluing Biglari Holdings Inc., which owns Steak n Shake outright and holds 20 percent of Cracker Barrel.
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Two of city's largest credit unions set to merge

March 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Horizon One Federal Credit Union, founded in 1949 to serve General Motors metal-stamping plant employees in Indianapolis, is merging with Financial Center Credit Union.
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Fortune can't explain 'significant and unusual' stock swing

March 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
Fortune Industries Inc. shares on Monday jumped as much as 285 percent from Friday’s closing price. The New York Stock Exchange found the move and an intense spike in trading volume so odd that it asked the company for answers.
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ITT fights to stem tumbling enrollmentRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
A federal investigation and a shareholder lawsuit are the latest headwinds to threaten ITT Educational Services Inc., which is trying to reverse a precipitous decline in enrollment.
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Judge says bank can pursue suit against broker

March 15, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge granted Peoples Bank a victory Thursday by ruling that it can sue Stifel Nicolaus & Co. on its claims that the broker violated the Indiana Securities Act and committed fraud.
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Indiana mutual fund ranked No. 1 by Lipper

March 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Kirr Marbach & Co., one of the state's few home-grown mutual funds, has been honored by Lipper Inc. for having the best multi-cap core fund out of 647 funds over a three-year period.
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Indiana officials warn investors about British firm

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The secretary of state's office is cautioning investors about a company that promises low risks and high returns but isn't registered to sell securities in Indiana.
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MH Equity portfolio firm plans liquidation

March 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
What was once Indianapolis-based MH Private Equity's most valuable portfolio company is going bankrupt. Entertainment Publications LLC, which produces fundraiser coupon books, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday.
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State audit finds Beech Grove finances in disarray

March 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Dennis Buckley requested the audit in March 2012 after uncovering a range of problems, including missing files and delinquent loans in the Main Street program.
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Land bank bill likely heading for study committee

March 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said his bill on land banks may have tried to tackle too many issues involving abandoned housing, including Indiana’s tax-sale process.
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Menard ousts Hilbert from investment firm

March 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Steve Hilbert has been ousted as CEO of Indianapolis-based MH Private Equity after a bitter battle with John Menard, the hardware store king who financed the $500 million private equity firm.
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Dow record doesn't impress Wall Street workers

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
There were no signs of a celebration on Wall Street after the Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high Tuesday. Maybe the memories of the financial meltdown are too fresh, or outlook for the economy is too uncertain.
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Dow Jones industrial average closes at record

March 5, 2013
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record Tuesday, beating the previous high it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
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Carmel auto-dealer lender plans to add 169 workers

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based NextGear Capital plans to add 169 jobs at a new office in Carmel, the company announced Monday morning.
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Lampoon: Durham used $1M from company to pay attorney

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Film company once headed by Indianapolis financier Tim Durham says he transferred $1 million to his Indianapolis lawyer, John Tompkins, while fighting federal securities fraud charges.
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Carlyle to manage $150M investment fund for Indiana

March 4, 2013
Bloomberg News
Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group LP, the world’s second-biggest private-equity firm, was awarded a contract to manage a new $150 million investment fund on behalf of the Indiana Public Retirement System.
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KAR Auction Services announces secondary offering

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
KAR Auction Services Inc. said Monday that there will be a secondary offering of 13 million shares of its common stock.
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First Internet Bank leverages online rootsRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-based bank, launched just 14 years ago, is reaching all-time highs in assets and profitability and plans to become a $1 billion institution by 2015.
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Stonegate Mortgage raising new round of fundingRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Norm Heikens
Fast-growing Indianapolis company is pushing to fill a vacuum in the housing market.
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LANGFORD: Banks must move toward greater access, flexibilityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Kevin Langford / Special to IBJ
Consumers want more than 'one message fits all.'
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JONES: Lessons for the 2013 IPO market from FacebookRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Steve Jones / Special to IBJ
With the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index hovering at or near all-time highs, one would think the stock markets would be highly receptive to initial public offerings in 2013, even if the economy disappoints.
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Local housing projects get $3.4M boost from tax credits

March 1, 2013
The Indianapolis developments include new apartments for seniors, the developmentally disabled and homeless veterans, using sites such as Fort Harrison and the former Central State grounds.
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Carmel family members accused of securities fraud

February 26, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indiana securities division accuses Charles Blackwelder, Chad Blackwelder and Cara Grumme of defrauding elderly investors in a scheme to sell ownership interests in rental properties.
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Bank foreclosing on former charter school property

February 25, 2013
Old National Bank is suing the operator of charter school that closed last summer in Indianapolis, claiming it failed to pay off the $1.8 million balance on its mortgage.
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Critics of WellPoint choice may not be easily swayedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's way too early to declare the board dysfunctional for making a surprise choice—Joe Swedish, CEO of Michigan-based hospital system Trinity Health—for the company’s new CEO.
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