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State's tech sector looking ahead, but cutting backRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
It's two steps forward, one step back, for Indiana's technology sector, but in a tough economic climate, any advancement is worth celebrating.
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Keeping calm in the financial stormRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Many investors endured appalling financial losses this year, as markets soured and the economy slipped into recession. Now they're grieving over money once intended to fund retirement, their children's education or major philanthropic gifts.
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Basic investments are best for Indiana pension fundsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
John Guy
IBJ reported in November that the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund will allocate 15 percent to 30 percent of its investments in "alternatives." Unfortunately, the term means nothing to those of us outside PERF and probably confuses PERF itself.
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Others to blame for woes? Try looking closer to homeRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Paul Coan
Investors were mad as hell last year as they watched their portfolios melt. And who can blame them? But even after holding Wall Street, banks and the government accountable, these investors should look in the mirror.
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Biotech venture fund in worksRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
BioCrossroads is setting the stage to create Indiana Future Fund II, an effort that would raise tens of millions of dollars for speculation on promising Hoosier life science companies.
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Indiana banks accepting TARP fundingRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Many of Indiana's banks jumped at the chance to apply for a share of the federal government's capital-infusion program, and ones that win approval likely will accept the funds designed to shore up still-healthy financial institutions.
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Recession, lockdown of credit hammers businesses of all sizesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Stock markets fell, jobs disappeared, and the outlook for the economy seemed to grow grimmer by the week in 2008. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers took some of the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana felt the pain.
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Stock markets weather historic plungeRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Greg Andrews
Unless markets surge in the final days of the year, 2008 will go down as the worst year for stocks since the Great Depression.
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High-flying Premier Properties crashes

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
The founder of local real estate firm Premier Properties USA Inc. saw his company falter this year and faced three felony charges in connection with its downfall.
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Time to close book on '08, and not a moment too soonRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
For investors across the globe, most would agree that 2008 was an annus horribilis. Anyone with a vague recall of Latin will arrive at the translation of "horrible year."
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Turmoil forces National City saleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial.
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Twice-bankrupt ATA finally foldsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Any hopes that hometown airline ATA would make a comeback and eventually resume scheduled service from Indianapolis were dashed April 2, when it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.
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Conseco's investment loss of $96 million 'pretty good' by comparisonRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eric Johnson, Conseco Inc.'s president over its investment unit called 40/86 Advisors, talked with IBJ about the surprises of the investing world over the last 18 months.
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Stitle: Bank's sale to PNC fuels 'burst of adrenaline'Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Greg Andrews
"I have no intention of retiring â?? now or ever," said Steve Stitle, CEO of National City Bank in Indiana, after the bank was purchased by PNC Financial.
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Givers get strategicRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
 Wealthy people are getting more advice from hired professionals and less from peers and not-for-profit personnel when making decisions about charitable giving, a new study shows.
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Weird yields for Treasuries evidence of investor angstRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
A large number of investors are so fearful these days that they have flocked to the safest securities, pushing down interest rates to virtually nothing.
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Bold bets on Hoosier firms yield horrific results so farRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Greg Andrews
The millions of dollars they plunked down to buy stock in local companies over the past two years have shriveled in value, leaving them way, way below break-even.
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Lease-to-own options becoming more popularRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
With credit tight and the economy shaky, homeowners around the region are increasingly choosing to sell their properties on a lease-to-own basis.
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Diesel dip in price not fueling trucking recoveryRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Hampered much of the year by high fuel prices, trucking companies still may be in for a long haul before they're back on the road to recovery.
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Worst fallout to come in waning days of recessionRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Mike Hicks
The Dec. 1 announcement by the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research officially dated the recession back to the fourth quarter of 2007.
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State public company execs grab up stock as prices fallRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
J.K. Wall
The unprecedented plunge on Wall Street the last three months has spurred a couple of dozen executives and directors at Indiana public companies to scoop up shares in their own companies.
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Study says most U.S. pensions are poised to recoverRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
A new national analysis of U.S. public pension funds suggests most invest prudently, even in volatile times.
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Analyzing intrinsic value unearths some bargain stocksRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
investors looking at business valuations likely will conclude there are companies selling at prices less than their intrinsic values.
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NFP of NOTE: Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Services

December 1, 2008
Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Services work to change lives by helping people gain financial stability.
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Companies face pension-plan shortfallsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Private employers that still offer traditional pension plans are getting a big shock as they assess how much more it will cost to shoulder retirement obligations.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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