Banking & Finance

Analyst cuts Cummins rating, citing rise in shares

January 11, 2013
Associated Press
Analyst Stephen Volkmann lowered his rating on the engine maker's stock to "Hold" from "Buy," noting that the shares have risen 30 percent from their October lows and are now just 10 percent below all-time highs.
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BioCrossroads seed fund makes first investments

January 10, 2013
Local startups Esanex Inc. and Algaeon Inc. have received $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, from Indiana Seed Fund II, BioCrossroads' second fund to help fledgling life sciences companies.
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Old National buying 24 branches from Bank of America

January 9, 2013
Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp. plans to sell 24 branches in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan with about $779 million in deposits to Old National Bancorp.
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U.S. banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.
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Investment strategists confront shrinking interest ratesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
You know the investing climate is unusual when a stock’s dividend yields more than bonds issued by the same company.
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Columbus-based mutual fund shines in 2012Restricted Content

January 5, 2013
Scott Olson
Kirr Marbach's 'mid-cap blend' outpaces similar Indiana-based investments.
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PROXY CORNER: Horizon Bancorp

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Horizon Bancorp, 515 Franklin Square, Michigan City, Ind. 46360, operates as Horizon Bank and Heartland Community Bank.
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CNO's Bonach has insurance firm back on offenseRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
CNO Financial Group’s stock price has nearly doubled since Ed Bonach took the helm in October 2011. Some analysts that follow the successor to Conseco Inc., which a decade ago was the nation’s third-largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, now regard CNO as an attractive value play.
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Microlenders aim to help businesses grow, survive

January 5, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indiana has three certified, not-for-profit SBA microloan intermediaries, which not only make short-term microloans—as any lender can—but also use the SBA grants they receive to offer business coaching along with the financing.
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Stock buyback continues at CNORestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel-based owner of Bankers Life and other insurance companies has seen its stock rise as it restructures debt.
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'Cliff' deal sends stocks up, but problems lurk

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to send the stock market shooting higher Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.
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Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying significantly more federal taxes in 2013.
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After cutting debt, Emmis lines up $100M refinancing

December 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based media company had been carrying debt far above market rates, some as high as 23 percent. It also was facing tens of millions of dollars in debt maturities in 2013 and 2014.
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Developer loses fraud appeal

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Christopher White's 2009 conviction, resulting from a $500,000 bad check he wrote as he tried to save his real estate development firm.
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Former Lifestyle gym building target of foreclosure

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The owner of the building at 4225 E. 82nd St. owes $4.9 million on a $7.4 million loan, according to the suit. The tenant, Lifestyle Family Fitness, closed the location in November 2011.
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Former brokerage VP suing for sex, age discrimination

December 27, 2012
Dan Human
Attorneys for Dana Hurst say in a Dec. 20 court filing that David A. Noyes & Co. didn't grant her pay increases or year-end bonuses during her last 15 years on the job, while male counterparts were better rewarded.
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REWIND: IBJ's top 10 business stories of 2012

December 26, 2012
Top 10 business stories of 2012 Watch
                           VideoThe state's labor landscape changed, and the housing market improved. Indianapolis basked in the glow of a flawless Super Bowl, and big-name CEOs were shown the door. IBJ's reporters and editors recall the year's biggest stories.
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Women’s physician building targeted for foreclosure

December 21, 2012
A lawsuit from the lender claims that Women's Physician Group still owes $8.7 million on a $9 million loan it received for a northwest-side building.
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Slinky maker’s owner buys bankrupt Fundex for $1.7M

December 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Private equity firm Propel Equity Partners is acquiring Fundex following a court-ordered auction in which a surprise bidder surfaced, driving up the price of the company.
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Former country club controller gets 2 years for fraud

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
Officials say Denise Abrell defrauded the Country Club of Indianapolis of $400,000 by writing checks to herself and using the club's credit card without its knowledge.
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Auditors: Tech issues, worker rush led to state tax errors

December 17, 2012
Associated Press
Auditors investigating Indiana's Department of Revenue are saying outdated technology and a work culture that sacrificed accuracy for speed led to $526 million in tax errors from the state.
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Analysis: Simon factions make peace as tax hike looms

December 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
Widow Bren Simon and her stepchildren finally managed to settle a long legal battle over the estate of mall magnate Melvin Simon. The goal that appears to have united the survivors: Reducing Uncle Sam's take of a fortune that has swelled to nearly $3 billion.
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Actuarial firm plans expansion at Indy office

December 14, 2012
Milliman Inc. said it will add 26 jobs by 2017 and invest $2 million to install additional information technology equipment at its office in downtown's Chase Tower.
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Home seizures by banks rise in Indiana, nationally

December 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Home repossessions rose in 29 states and the District of Columbia in November, led by an increase of 96 percent in Indiana. However, the number of homes starting on the path to foreclosure declined to the lowest level in six years.
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Simon’s Rushmore Mall loan sent to servicer, Fitch says

December 12, 2012
Bloomberg News
A loan with a balance of $94 million on a South Dakota shopping center owned by Simon Property Group was sent to a special servicer because default is imminent, Fitch Ratings said.
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