Banking & Finance

Top local money managers hedge against stagflationRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Faced with the potential for another bout with stagflation, investment managers are scrambling to decide how to face a future when markets may again be thrown into turmoil by the two-headed monster of frisky price increases and crummy economic conditions.
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Some observers fear return of rising prices, stagnant growthRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In the 1970s, stagflation—the unprecedented combination of stagnant economic growth and inflation—threatened to ruin financial institutions. Now some fear it might make a return.
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Local SBA lending dropped 17 percent in 2009

November 20, 2009
Mason King
Local loans issued through the Small Business Administration's popular 7(a) guarantee program plunged by an astonishing 64 percent for three of the city's four largest banks during 2009, while overall lending in the program slipped 17 percent in the metro area.
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NatCity name to remain at local branches until early 2010

November 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has converted 240 former National City Bank branches to their new identity, but the 77 Indianapolis-area locations will keep the old brand for a bit longer.
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Rokita builds rep as tough enforcer of securities lawsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Secretary of State Todd Rokita has relied on fines and fees to greatly increase his office's firepower without a tax hike.
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Indiana bank CEOs get bigger pay hike than peers

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
For banks, the last two years have been among the most tumultuous in history. Financial institution CEOs across the country responded by trimming their raises in 2009. But in Indiana, bank chiefs didn’t follow form.
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SKARBECK: Getting a good price hinges on stock's valueRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Making investment decisions based on where a stock price has been in the past or betting on where it may go in the future is futile and foolish unless the investor has determined the value of the stock.
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National, state foreclosure filings fall

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana foreclosure filings were down only 1.5 percent in October from the previous month, but have fallen a whopping 18.5 percent from October 2008.
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Local man gets 37 months in mortgage-fraud scheme

November 10, 2009
Cory Schouten
A federal judge has ordered an Indianapolis man to serve 37 months in prison and pay $1.7 million in restitution for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme.
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Major stock indexes climb to yearly highs

November 9, 2009
Associated Press
Major stock indexes rose as much as 2 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which jumped 203 points.
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Failed Charlotte skyscraper brings Indianapolis developer back to earth

November 7, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Flaherty & Collins project—dubbed 210 Trade—would have been the tallest residential building in the Carolinas, with more floors than any building in the region except the Charlotte headquarters of Bank of America Corp.
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Huntington National Bank's assets fell because partnership ended

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Last week’s front-page story “Shuffling the deck” pointed out the significant gains midsize banks have made in the Indianapolis market over the last year. The one glaring exception was Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington National Bank, which had lost $56.3 million in local deposits as of June 30, according to the FDIC. A closer look explains why.
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Loan losses contribute to First Internet's poor earnings

November 4, 2009
Indianapolis-based First Internet Bancorp on Wednesday said it lost $208,806 in the third quarter, as loan losses continued to increase.
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Blue River posts loss on poor loan climate

November 4, 2009
Shelbyville-based Blue River Bancshares Inc. on Tuesday night said mounting loan losses contributed to a third-quarter loss of $356,000.
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First Merchants posts quarterly loss on bad loans

November 2, 2009
Muncie-based First Merchants Corp. said Monday afternoon that loan charge-offs contributed to a loss of $6.4 million in the third quarter.
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Economic turmoil hasn't shaken up local banks' market sharesRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
One of the toughest runs for the finance industry since the Great Depression didn’t lead to a major shakeup in Indianapolis’ banking landscape. Substitute PNC’s brand for National City’s, and the top eight positions remain unchanged.
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Steak n Shake's Biglari adds intrigue by buying stake in insurer

October 31, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based company's CEO revealed earlier this year that he intends to use Steak n Shake as a holding company that will pursue purchases “either related or unrelated to its ongoing business activities.”
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HICKS: Recession results in 'great deleveraging'Restricted Content

October 31, 2009
Mike Hicks
On virtually every meaningful measure, this recession stacks up as only the third or fourth worst post-World War II recession, but its effects are much more profound in a few areas. One area that will be most apparent is the changes the economy has wrought on consumer credit.
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SKARBECK: Lenders still not serious about serious reformRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The early signs point to meek efforts by the Obama administration to address gaping regulatory issues.
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Pace of life sciences venture capital deals in Indiana picks up

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After no Indiana health and life sciences firms announced venture capital deals in the second quarter, five did so in the third, and two more have already this month.
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Old National reports earnings well below expectations

October 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Evansville-based Old National Bancorp on Monday morning reported a third-quarter profit of $4 million, or 6 cents per diluted share, missing consensus analyst expectations by about 5 cents per share.
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Related-party loans pile up at Durham-owned finance firm

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham has treated Ohio-based Fair Finance Co. almost like a personal bank since buying it seven years ago, and now he, his partners and related firms owe it more than $168 million, records show.
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Opportunists hunt deals in commercial real estate

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Just about every player in the real estate business—whether individual investor, private-equity fund or publicly traded company—is trying to raise capital to take advantage of what they see as an inevitable shakeout in commercial property.
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First Financial gets sweet deal on Irwin Financial's bank assetsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
It’s good to be among the favored few, those blessed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to scoop up the remnants of failed banks. Because it was on the FDIC list of approved buyers, Cincinnati-based First Financial Bancorp was able to acquire Columbus, Ind.-based Irwin Financial Corp.’s banking operations under terms that would make any deal-maker proud.
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Indianapolis-based FAST Diagnostics gets funding from BioCrossroads' seed fund

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Money will help the company refine its tool to treat acute kidney injury.
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