Banking & Finance

HICKS: Variables cloud business-location question

September 18, 2010
Mike Hicks
The problem is that the reasons for business-location decisions change from time to time.
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SKARBECK: Expect more battles over public pensions

September 18, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
This year, 15 states have enacted legislation to reduce future public pension obligations.
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JPMorgan Chase sues to foreclose on Durham mansion

September 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
The bank says Durham stopped making the required $18,329 monthly payments on the 30-year mortgage this spring.
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Failed bid to take Emmis private costing millions

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC has racked up takeover expenses of $10.2 million, a figure that's sure to escalate now that JS Acquisition is suing its one-time financier for backing out of the deal.
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Bank suing Estridge Cos. for securities fraud

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Bank of Indiana files complaint against the home builder, alleging it failed to repay a $1 million investment due June 30. The complaint further accuses law firm Krieg DeVault LLP of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.
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U.S. homes lost to foreclosure up 25 percent this year

September 16, 2010
Associated Press
August makes the ninth month in a row that the pace of homes lost to foreclosure has increased on an annual basis. Banks have been stepping up repossessions to clear out their backlog of bad loans.
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UPDATE: Schrenker pleads guilty to securities fraud

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former money manager admits to bilking friends, family members and other investors out of millions of dollars before trying to fake his own death. He'll be sentenced Oct. 7.
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Defendant pleads guilty in $880M fraud case

September 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Florida man with ties to the founder of Indianapolis-based Williams Realty Group pleaded guilty Wednesday to running a multistate Ponzi scheme that prosecutors say left investors with up to $100 million in losses.
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Williams Realty founder pleads the Fifth in Ponzi case

September 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A former Indianapolis developer accused of luring more than a dozen Hoosiers into a $900 million Ponzi scheme invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 850 times when questioned under oath in Florida.
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As Sardar Biglari stirs controversy, Steak n Shake hums alongRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Sardar Biglari has a penchant for self-promotion. But he's also making a good case for his management skills.
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HICKS: Income tax debate looms over next election

September 11, 2010
Mike Hicks
The expiration of the Bush tax cuts this January will further slow the economy, perhaps deeply.
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Former bank exec receives 22-month sentence

September 9, 2010
Robert E. Tolle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of making fraudulent bank entries while serving as a loan officer at the Indianapolis office of Evansville-based Old National Bank.
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Lilly investing up to $150M in VC funds

September 8, 2010
Bloomberg News
The three venture funds, which will focus on drug development, may be worth a total of $750 million, up to $250 million each, and Lilly will contribute as much as 20 percent of the money.
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Dan Laikin sentenced to 45 months in Lampoon fraud

September 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The sentence was short of the 60-month maximum Laikin could have received under a plea agreement worked out with federal prosecutors last fall.
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Business bank reports second-quarter loss

September 7, 2010
Indiana Business Bank's restructuring of a real estate loan leads to loss of $484,678 in the second quarter.
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Fair Finance co-owner Cochran uses forceful defense

September 4, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's partner in a failed Akron, Ohio, company says a trustee has nothing to back up his allegations of fraud.
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Sarbanes-Oxley co-author speaking at INVESTIndiana conference

September 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Former Ohio congressman Michael G. Oxley will join Gov. Mitch Daniels as a speaker at the event.
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Lauth revival hinges on judge approving settlementRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
The deal with financial backer Inland American Real Estate Trust would leave Lauth Group with fewer properties but a more manageable debt load.
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HICKS: Trade unions strong when they work with biz

September 4, 2010
Mike Hicks
For labor unions to survive, they must follow the path of their more successful brethren in trade unions.
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Local venture capital firm launches investment arm

September 1, 2010
Heron Capital Equity Partners seeks to invest $1 million to $10 million in private companies headquartered within 250 miles of Indianapolis. HCEP is part of Heron Capital, one of the largest venture capital funds in the city.
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New IU program lets students invest $100,000

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kelley School of Business Dean Dan Smith said a $100,000 donation from two IU alumni will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for students.
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Banks still cautious on commercial real estateRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Singed by the downturn, banks are winnowing real estate portfolios.
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Endocyte's $86M IPO plan a boon for Indiana, investors

August 28, 2010
Greg Andrews
Venture capitalists in Indiana and nationally have thrown money at the company with abandon. Local investors include CID Capital, Clarian Health Ventures and the Indiana Future Fund.
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HICKS: Most majors pay off, but some a lot more than othersRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Mike Hicks
There is clearly something important about the totality of what is learned in college, but, if you want to apply all those upper-level classes in your major, you'd better study hard or pick the right field.
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Feds take over $20M Irwin pension shortfall

August 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. estimates Irwin Financial Corp.’s pension plan is 56 percent funded, with assets of $26.7 million to cover $47.2 million in benefit liabilities.
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