Banking & Finance

Corn pile biggest since 1994 as crop overwhelms use

January 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Stockpiles of corn in the United States, the world’s top grower, are rising at the fastest pace in 19 years as a record crop overwhelms increased demand for the grain used to make livestock feed and ethanol.
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Lawmakers consider state-assisted retirement plan

January 8, 2014
Amanda Creech, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 66 creates a state-assisted savings plan for retirement. The bill is opposed by the Association of Indiana Life Insurance Companies.
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Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
Janet Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Recession and the Fed's efforts to combat it.
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Indianapolis-based hedge funds subject to market forces, too

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Five years after the crash, the luster of hedge funds isn't what it used to be.
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Investment manager sees good growth prospects for 2014

January 4, 2014
Norm Heikens
Tom Pence predicts change for U.S. manufacturing.
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After year of stock records, a weak start to 2014

January 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Standard & Poor's 500 index began the New Year with its worst performance in three weeks as energy and technology companies pulled down the stock market.
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2013 was the year of unstoppable stocks

January 1, 2014
Associated Press
Instead of worrying about the wider world in 2013, investors focused on the Federal Reserve and the outlook for its stimulus program.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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Target says customers' encrypted PINs were stolen

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The retailer claims the PIN numbers of some 40 million customers are safe and secure, but a security consultant counsels changing the access codes.
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Average 30-year mortgage rate climbs to 4.48 percent

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
Rates are sharply higher than they were a year ago when the 30-year fixed rate was 3.35 percent and the 15-year was 2.65 percent.
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Bill to target abandoned-home epidemic in Indiana

December 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, wants to shorten the amount of time vacant homes sit idle.
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U.S. credit card info is easy pickings for hackers

December 22, 2013
Associated Press
Incidences like the recent data theft affecting 40 million Target customers could become more common as retailers, banks and credit card companies argue over who should pay for security upgrades.
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Fifth Third helping to educate fifth-gradersRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Fifth Third’s local president, Nancy Huber, said the bank is awarding $60,000 to Junior Achievement to create a student bank.
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Fury and frustration over Target data breach

December 20, 2013
Associated Press
Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.
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How Fed's pullback of stimulus could affect you

December 19, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve's move Wednesday to slow its stimulus will ripple through the global economy. But exactly how it will affect people and businesses depends on who you are.
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Markets close at record highs after Fed's tapering decision

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. stocks rose, sending benchmark indexes to all-time highs Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve said it will reduce the pace of its monthly bond purchases and expressed confidence in the labor market recovery.
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Fed to reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The Fed will trim its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January.
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Investors await Fed's decision on bond purchases

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
But most economists think that when the Fed's latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, it will announce that it's maintaining its pace of $85 billion a month in bond purchases.
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Indiana church expected to repay creditors fully in 25 years

December 17, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Madison Park Church of God in Anderson has a green light to exit bankruptcy under a Chapter 11 plan approved by an Indianapolis judge late last week.
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Poll: Many Americans see end of stock market surge

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Americans aren't expecting another bang-up year for the stock market, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
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Federal workers' pensions targeted in budget deal

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Their retirement programs are notably generous compared to the norm in private industry. But for federal workers hired after 2012, the pension program is turning less generous.
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Interactive Intelligence’s early bet on cloud paying off

December 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
The maker of call center software has seen its stock price rocket from about $20 to $62 over the last 25 months. The runup has swelled the company’s market value from $400 million to $1.3 billion.
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Barron's says Simon stock among best for 2014

December 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The owner of hundreds of retail properties landed on the Barron’s list of top stock picks for 2014, with the financial publication citing an improved outlook and an analyst upgrade.
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Suit slams ex-insiders of Bank of IndianaRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Racketeering, fraud and “negligent oversight” are juicy ingredients in any lawsuit. But a recently filed complaint against Bank of Indiana may take the trophy in the otherwise sound-but-sleepy world of Indiana banking, not just for the nature of the allegations but that they’re aimed at the boardroom.
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Prosecutors concede no ground in Tim Durham’s appeal

December 7, 2013
Greg Andrews
In a new brief, the government insists it pursued wiretaps in late 2009 only after investigating the business using less-invasive techniques for 7-1/2 months.
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