Banking & Finance

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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Spate of banking mergers may be just the beginningRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Greg Andrews
First Merchants Corp. CEO Michael Rechin thinks a wave of bank mergers is coming—driven by financial institutions’ quest to increase profits in an environment where super-low interest rates continue to squeeze margins.
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Leader of fraud scheme sentenced to 4-plus years

May 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Michael Russell, 54, pleaded guilty in January to 20 counts of wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme involving former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Paul Bateman.
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First Merchants' deal to make it state's second-biggest bank

May 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The acquisition of CFS Bancorp Inc. will increase First Merchants' assets to $5.4 billion and leave it with nearly 100 offices.
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Indiana credit unions are booming again

May 11, 2013
Norm Heikens, Chris O'Malley
Credit unions last year posted record earnings, thanks largely to lower loan-loss reserves, as well as to growing memberships, growing debit cards, selling off mortgages and stealing business loans away from banks, their arch rivals.
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FARRA: Don't expect big dividends from banks anytime soon

May 11, 2013
George Farra / Special to IBJ
Banks will not return to their status as reliable sources of shareholder dividends for three years or longer.
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Ruling keeps church ensnared in life insurance nightmareRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Greg Andrews
A federal bankruptcy judge has slapped down an Anderson church that attempted to blame its bank for a failed scheme to finance church upgrades by buying life insurance policies on its elderly members.
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Merchants, Citizens Bank to merge

May 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Shareholders in Carmel-based Merchants will receive stock that was valued at $98.3 million before the announcement of the deal caused a huge spike.
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New seed fund aims to make Indiana a hotbed for digital health startupsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Infuse Accelerator hopes to make early-stage investments in 12 to 15 companies a year.
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Stocks soar to all-time high on employment news

May 3, 2013
Associated Press
A stronger-than-expected pickup in hiring last month lifted the stock market early Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 15,000 and the Standard and Poor's 500 index above 1,600 points for the first time.
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Fair Finance investors still empty-handed as trustee plows on

April 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many of the defendants pursued by Brian Bash and his team have few, if any, assets. And those that do have the wherewithal to fight litigation for years.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Banks scale back real estate needs as transactions shift online

April 23, 2013
Scott Olson
After zooming higher in the last decade, the number of bank branches in Indiana slipped to 2,056 in 2011, the lowest level since 2006.
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Pace of venture capital funding slows in Indiana, Midwest

April 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Seven Indiana companies attracted $16.4 million in venture capital during the first quarter. Nearly all the money was paid out to Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., which secured a $14 million investment in January.
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First Internet earnings surge on commercial loan growth

April 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based bank's commercial loan portfolio grew to $109.1 million, a rise of 62 percent compared with the first quarter of 2012. Commercial real estate loans rose 46 percent.
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Indiana foreclosure prevention program expanding

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State officials estimate that about 10,000 Indiana homeowners will get help in making their mortgage payments under an expansion of a federally funded foreclosure prevention program.
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Stock market rebounds from worst day of the year

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Good news on housing and earnings Tuesday morning helped stocks recover from a dismal Monday, when stocks suffered their biggest one-day decline since November.
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Falling commodities give Dow worst day of the year

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 265.86 points Monday to close at 14,599.20, a decline of 1.8 percent.
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HHGregg throws lifeline to employees with underwater optionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The company this month filed papers gave option holders the right to exchange their current holdings for new options with an exercise price set at the current market price.
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Indiana pension shifts to international bondsRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
The Indiana Public Retirement System recently issued a request for proposals from international fixed-income managers and received 16 responses by the April 5 deadline. The $27.1 billion retirement system will hire two managers to oversee $900 million.
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Bank of Indiana parent files Chapter 11, to sell branches

April 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The bankruptcy of Bank of Indiana's parent and the planned sale of its branches bring to a close management's quest to turn around an institution that was buffeted by borrower defaults during the financial crisis.
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Lilly pulls back from proposals lowering takeover barriersRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Greg Andrews
Fortunately, a Lilly takeover looks less likely today than it has in a long time—for both obvious and more subtle reasons.
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First Internet Bancorp jumps into dividend gameRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
The parent of First Internet Bank late last month declared a dividend of 6 cents per common share payable April 15 to shareholders of record April 1.
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