Banking & Finance

Merchants Bank of Indiana is top home-grown bankRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Merchants Bank of Indiana, whose main office is in Carmel, books better numbers than any other Hoosier bank.
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Top investment minds weigh in on erratic marketRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Ken SkarbeckMore

Angel investment group off to flying startRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Scott Olson
HALO Capital injects $8 million into startups in first year of operation despite recession and membership turnover.
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Recession has a domino effect on venture capitalRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Call it a trickle-down effect, but not the kind President Reagan would have liked. The recession has cost most institutional investors, such as university endowments, about a quarter of their value. As a result, venture capitalists' primary source of funding has dried up. The implications for Hoosier entrepreneurship are stark.
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Complex bond schemes haunt Indy, other citiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The city is just beginning to digest the news that came out of left field regarding Indianapolis Water Co.'s bond transaction gone wild.
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White River Capital negotiating new terms for its First Chicago Bancorp mergerRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a March 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded White River revealed it's postponed its merger with First Chicago Bancorp, and now is negotiating new terms.
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Conseco's Prieur, others suffering steep losses on purchase of sharesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Conseco CEO Jim Prieur keeps putting his money where his mouth is, purchasing more than a half-million shares of his company's stock over two years.
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Stem cell discovery promises health care revolutionRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bloomberg News
Scientists are using a new stem-cell technique that may someday revolutionize care for disorders as diverse as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and muscular dystrophy.
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Commuting shifts $87 billion in IndianaRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Morton Marcus
Fully 40 of Indiana's 92 counties derived more than half of their earnings from commuters bringing back their compensation from somewhere else.
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Foreclosure investors shift to buy-and-hold strategyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Instead of buying and selling, investors with ready cash are buying houses at substantial markdowns, turning them into rental properties and sitting tight until the market improves.
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Shareholders must hold fiduciaries' feet to the fireRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The economic downturn has provided shareholders an opportunity to press for change on a variety of corporate governance issues.
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Auction-rate securities suit names Stifel's Cohen, othersRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Among defendants named in a Missouri lawsuit against investment firm Stifel Nicolaus and Co. is Stifel Managing Director Jeffrey Cohen, who is based in the company's Indianapolis office.
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Avoid temptation to delay property tax paymentsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz
If you are late in making property tax payments, begin to chip away at your bill by making weekly payments.
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Dow tightens grip on prized Indianapolis unitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Locally based Dow AgroSciences, one of Indianapolis' top employers, may not be going on the sale block after all.
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Financial crisis yields opportunity for local banksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
A national study finds that many community banks continue to prosper.
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Banks fighting heists with shrewd precautions, technology

March 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Crime is not random, according to public safety experts, and bank security strategies focus primarily on deterrence.
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Banking system's history should help ease fearsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Since people must have confidence in the financial system for it to function properly, it is incumbent upon our leaders to take action and assure the people their money is safe.
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Investment losses leave Conseco searching for $400M in horrible environment to raise capitalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
J.K. Wall
Without fresh capital â?? or loosened debt obligations â?? Carmel-based Conseco could find itself in bankruptcy or looking for a buyer or both.
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Medical, tech entrepreneurs launch matchmaking effort in life sciencesRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Three entrepreneurs from the medical and software realms are herding angels to invest in upstart life sciences companies in Indiana.
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529 Plans remain solid vehicleRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Plans offer a number of great investment options to save for children's college costs.
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Venture capital fund launched by up-and-comers buys into Vontoo, Compendium BlogwareRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Several venture capitalists — a generation younger than most in the profession — are establishing themselves in Indianapolis.
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Struggling contractors hope for sale of factoryRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Contractors struggling under the weight of an unfinished factory in Tipton are hoping for a quick sale to recover at least some of the $44 million they say they're owed by Getrag Transmission Manufacturing.
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Pension merger raises questionsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
We're generally supportive of a plan to merge the state's two largest public pensions in an effort to save money, but it's hard to know exactly what to think considering the lack of detailed information available about the performance of the funds.
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PERF confusionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
I am not at all sure that a merger of two public pension plans is not a good idea, possibly just not under current investment management auspices.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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