Banking & Finance

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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Market's surge fuels wave of executives' insider sellingRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Insiders at Indianapolis-area companies cashed in millions of dollars of their own companies’ shares this month, a selling spree that might reflect growing sentiment the market rally is ending.
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UPDATE: First Internet slips 2.5 percent in debut on NASDAQ

February 22, 2013
Shares of the Indianapolis-based bank finished their first day on the NASDAQ exchange at $28.50, a 75-cent drop from their opening price. The stock had been listed on the thinly traded over-the-counter market.
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First Internet plans 48 jobs in $4.3M Fishers office

February 19, 2013
Scott Olson
The $4.3 million expansion will go toward purchasing and refurbishing a building near Interstate 69 and 116th Street that formerly housed the St. Vincent Health medical center.
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Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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