Banking & Finance

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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Local lenders support small-biz loan initiative

October 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Small business lenders in Indianapolis are supporting a proposal announced by President Obama Wednesday that would increase the size of government-backed loans.
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Second developer facing foreclosure on Fishers property

October 20, 2009
Scott Olson
The developer of the proposed $80 million project is facing foreclosure on the property at the same time adjoining land critical to the project's development has been scheduled for liquidation by a lender.
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Indiana Members Credit Union signs Pacers sponsorship pact

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The agreement includes player appearances, a Pacers debit card, courtside signage, radio spots, hospitality and use of the Conseco Fieldhouse practice court for community relations initiatives.
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SKARBECK: Market a bright spot amid worrisome economyRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The financial media have the corks ready to pop as the Dow Jones industrial average re-crosses what pundits claim is the â??psychologically importantâ?? 10,000 level.
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Dow Jones industrials close above 10,000

October 14, 2009
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average is back above 10,000 for the first time in a year.
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Conseco shares soar on hedge-fund investment

October 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Shares of Carmel-based life insurer soared as much as 26 percent, to $6.30 apiece, in morning trading after New York-based Paulson & Co. agreed to buy $78 million in Conseco stock and $200 million in company bonds.
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Study: Taxing services could yield state $6.8B

October 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The non-partisan Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute this morning released a new study exploring the ramifications of expanding the state's sales tax to include services.
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Securities firm Stifel Nicolaus balks at fraud charge

October 10, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Transactions cited in the complaint involved advisers scattered across the firm’s seven Indiana offices, though two-thirds were clients of Jeff Cohen.
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My Health Care Manager lands $3 million investmentRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The company, which guides working adults and their parents through the maze of decisions and agencies involved in care for seniors, plans to use the money primarily to augment its sales staff and operations.
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FDIC fee hitting small banks particularly hardRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Fees imposed on U.S. banks to rebuild a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. fund nearly depleted by scores of bank failures is expected to sap profits of small financial institutions. Community banks with less income than their larger counterparts are particularly at risk of having their 2009 earnings erased by the charges after an emergency fee on banks took effect June 30.
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A pair of community banks see loan woes escalateRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Greg Andrews
Community Bank of Noblesville and Blue River Bancshares Inc. of Shelbyville have seen loans sour at a rate that might have seemed unimaginable before the housing market tanked and the recession set in.
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Stock-market rebound lifts hopes of Hoosier mutual fundsRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The economic downturn walloped all three of the mutual funds headquartered in Indiana. But they've each enjoyed significant recoveries this year. And the smallest of the bunch has big plans to break away from the pack.
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EDITORIAL: Program gives people a financial leg up

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Nearly 80,000 people in the city are “unbanked” and therefore lack this basic building block to financial health. A new program called Bank on Indy aims to change that.
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SKARBECK: Trading in failed firms really isn't 'investing'

October 3, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Who is “investing” in these stocks and why? It is safe to say they are not investors who have done the exhaustive work of valuing the assets and liabilities, who then reached a conclusion that they were getting good value for their money.
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SEC fines former CFO of American Commercial Lines

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Christopher A. Black, a former investment banker in Indianapolis and former chief financial officer of Jeffersonville-based river barge transportation firm American Commercial Lines Inc., has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
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Exterior work on bank tower wraps up with Regions sign

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Regions Bank name and logo are joining the city’s skyline atop One Indiana Square, also known as Regions Bank Tower.
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Banks work to protect electronic records from identity theft

October 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Banks are fighting an ongoing battle with would-be identity thieves. Because banks are where the money is, the fight is likely to go on a long time, with both thieves and banks growing in sophistication.
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State charges Stifel Nicolaus didn't disclose risks of auction-rate securities

October 1, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An administrative complaint filed today by the Indiana Secretary of State's Office alleges Stifel Nicolaus failed to disclose risks associated with the sale of auction-rate securities to 141 Hoosiers who invested $54.9 million.
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Purdue student-inventor nabs VC on TV show

September 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A Purdue University student who invented a soy-based modeling dough walked away with a $300,000 investment after appearing Tuesday on the ABC show "Shark Tank."
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Spurned Sponsel creates own CPA firm

September 29, 2009
Scott Olson
A longtime partner of Indianapolis-based Greenwalt Sponsel & Co. Inc. has left the accounting firm and started his own after he said it became apparent he would not become managing partner.
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Carmel company plans to expand, add employees

September 28, 2009
Dealer Services Corp. announced Monday morning that it plans to create up to 60 jobs by the end of 2012 and invest $6.4 million in its Carmel headquarters.
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Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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