Banking & Finance

State's financial institutions leader quietly blazes trail: Appointment of Rice puts a credit union leader in top spot for first time; bankers group withholds judgmentRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Scott Olson
Rick Rice's ascension to chairman of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions typically would be the type of lowkey government appointment that invokes nary a murmur of opposition. Why would it when current affairs facing the sevenmember panel are as harmless as allowing state-chartered financial institutions to charge patrons who wish to skip a loan payment? Yet, Rice's selection in late January as head of the DFI board has the credit union community gushing with pride, and the banking industry...
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Bowland Solutions Assessing a niche: Online job reviews help firm build global client baseRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Della Pacheco
Sometimes it's hard to tell who hates performance reviews more-managers or employees. But what if the timeworn paper-based annual assessment were replaced with a Web-based process that allows managers to consistently evaluate employees' skills against company goals? Indianapolis-based Bowland Solutions has come up with just such an alternative, and it has helped the firm build a client roster that includes heavyweights like international banking giant HSBC, music purveyor Virgin Megastores, global pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline and Earthbound Farm, North America's largest...
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XM-Sirius merger is threat to local HD radio: Local broadcasters hustle to launch digital channelsRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The news of a potential merger between New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and Washington, D.C.-based XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. comes at a critical time for local radio station operators. If the merger draws more listeners, that clearly would be bad news for terrestrial radio stations already dealing with the Internet and Ipod, and could imperil their fledgling high-definition initiative. Already, the proposed $11.4 billion merger is getting lots of media attention, and that's bound to raise satellite radio's...
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WellPoint banks on the popularity of HSAs: Insurer moves to start bank, offer medical financingRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
J.K. Wall
To do so the Indianapolis-based health insurer is moving to start its own bank, whose initial role will be to hold and manage its customers' health savings accounts. An HSA is a relatively new breed of health insurance that places money-and more responsibility-in consumers' hands. Well-Point bets more and more of its customers will start such accounts in the future. "We expect to see continued strong growth for these products. There is a tremendous amount of interest in the marketplace...
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Banks squeeze into Hamilton CountyRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Cory Schouten
At least 35 new bank branches have sprouted in Hamilton County in the last three years, and more are on the way. Familiar names like Charter One and Chase have added eight and seven branches, respectively. Other institutions are entering the market.
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: This finally may be the year for property tax reformRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Ed Feigenbaum
Brace yourself for lots of action in the next two weeks, as the deadlines approach for bills originating in the House to be passed to the Senate, and vice versa. While this is a long session of the General Assembly and one might assume this would lead to more deliberative contemplation, the extra days do not seem to make much difference as deadlines approach. Some of the larger issues that require more massaging and compromise tend not to be drafted...
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City Securities aims to earn mega-deal: If approved, $450 million bond plan would pay off pre-1977 police, fire pensionsRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
If Mayor Bart Peterson gets his wish, a $450 million bond issue finally will settle Indianapolis' long-standing dilemma over underfunded police and firefighter pensions once and for all. It will also generate up to $9 million in professional fees. And locally based City Securities Corp. is laying the groundwork to earn a lion's share-even though investment banking is dominated by giant companies in Manhattan. "I would assume that most of Wall Street has made a call," said City Securities Vice...
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Buyout boom isn't all bad for HoosiersRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Announcements that major Indiana companies have been acquired are traditionally met with trepidation. But a rash of recent buyouts of Indiana companies shows they're not always bad news.
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Successful software veteran forms investment firm: Mark Hill's $5 million underwrites startup BlueLockRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
When local IT entrepreneur Mark Hill sold his banking software company in August 2005, he emphasized the potential upside for the area entrepreneurial community. Now he's making good on his word. Not content to bask on a beach somewhere, Hill has organized an Indianapolisbased private investment company called Collina Ventures. With $10 million under management-all provided by Hill-Collina already has made its first investment. This month, it risked $5 million in startup cash to organize Indianapolis-based Blue-Lock LLC, a computer-hosting...
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Local sign makers enjoy brisk business thanks to bank mergersRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Cory Schouten
Bank mergers have proven lucrative for local sign companies over the years. A string of mergers in the late 1980s and early 1990s wiped out the city's three big national banks--American Fletcher, Merchants National and Indiana National. In the years since, the industry has continued to consolidate, spawning a flurry of additional name changes.
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'Old fashioned' values manufacture Motionwear's growth: Acquisition should fuel leotard-maker's expansionRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
It might seem as though the low cost of labor overseas has shifted the entire U.S. textile industry to Asia, never to return. Indianapolis-based leotard-maker Motionwear Inc. proves otherwise. The 120-employee company was acquired this month by the Italian sportswear firm FILA for an undisclosed sum and, as a result, it's poised to expand locally. Tom Wilson started the company in his attic in 1988 because his daughter Erin, an aspiring dancer, couldn't find performance apparel she liked in retail...
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Old National slaps Durham with suitRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis entrepreneur Tim Durham has run into trouble with one of his lenders. Evansville-based Old National Bank says in a Dec. 1 lawsuit that Durham's Indianapolis-based holding company,Obsidian Enterprises Inc., is in default on $2.6 million in loans that came due Nov. 1.
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Surveillance success: Greenwood-based security firm's rapid growth draws national noticeRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Cory Schouten
They all have high-tech surveillance systems from Greenwood-based American Sentry Guard. The company specializes in building and distributing "intelligent video" systems capable of linking digital video with other computer-based information, such as sales transaction records. Clients include schools, banks, casinos, government agencies and small businesses. Founded in 1999 by father-son team Jack and Jeff Brummett, American Sentry has become one of the nation's fastest-growing privately held companies. This year, Inc. magazine ranked the company 150th on its "Inc. 500" list,...
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Fast-growing Indy bank nearing $1B in assets: National Bank of Indianapolis credits service for climbRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Cory Schouten
When cousins Michael and Morris Maurer decided to start a bank from scratch in 1993, they had several major issues to work through. There were regulatory approvals to win and federal deposit coverage to secure. They needed investors, bankers, office space and technology. But even the seemingly small details required time-consuming care. For one: selecting a name. It had to evoke a feeling of local control and continuity. It had to call to mind the company's strategy of long-term relationships...
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BULLS & BEARS: Why investing in Kimball is paying huge dividendsRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Ken Skarbeck
Just more than a year ago in this column, I suggested Kimball International's stock might be an attractive investment. At the time we felt that, here was a company in our own back yard-Jasper-that possessed the kind of favorable investment c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s investors should seek. The column noted that the company had "no long-term debt and holds $117 million, or $3 a share, in cash. The stock...
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Emmis' landmark deal with Apple paying big dividends: Locally based radio group now No. 2 iTunes affiliateRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. has a new mantra when it comes to emerging technology some say will kill the radio industry: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Emmis entered a relationship with California-based Apple Computer Inc. nine months ago that is paying big dividends. Since launching one of the radio industry's first iTunes storefronts on its stations' Internet sites, Emmis officials said they have become the No. 2 iTunes affiliate based on sales. Only Internet behemoth Yahoo Music sells more....
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Lights, camera, Internet-More Web sites using video: Vodcast clips catching on as a way for organizations to deliver their message in a new, more exciting wayRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Scott Olson
The terms for emerging Internet technology are enough to make the less savvy long for the days when e-mail seemed cutting-edge. The communication tool, especially among teens, has given way to instant messaging, of course. So it's no wonder colleges and companies alike are starting to shun standard e- mail and Web-page marketing efforts in favor of video-on-demand clips, known as vodcasts. "The computer was meant to be watched; it wasn't meant to be read," said Jon DiGregory, who founded...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Another daunting challenge for veteran exec CorneliusRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Greg Andrews
Anyone surprised that at age 62, Jim Cornelius would take on the bruising job of leading embattled drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb shouldn't be. After all, the Zionsville businessman has surprised observers before. This is an executive who 12 years ago gave up one of the top jobs in corporate America-chief financial officer of Eli Lilly and Co.-to become chairman of Guidant Corp., then a much-maligned collection of medical-device firms that Lilly was spinning off into a stand-alone company. A risky move,...
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First Internet's acquisition is no run-of-the-mill bank:Restricted Content

September 4, 2006
Greg Andrews
BEHIND THE NEWS First Internet's acquisition is no run-of-the-mill bank Bank mergers happen all the time in Indiana, but this one is about as unique as they come. The buyer, Indianapolis-based First Internet Bancorp, was one of the nation's first Web-only banks when it opened its doors in 1999. Today, it's among the top five in that field, with assets topping $445 million. The seller is Indianapolis-based Landmark Financial Corp., parent of Landmark Savings Bank. Landmark Financial, with assets of...
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Credit union ordered to pay ex-executive $3.4MRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Greg Andrews
A Marion County judge has ordered an Indianapolis credit union to pay its former CEO $3.4 million, saying it wrongly froze the executive's accounts after accusing him of financial improprieties three years ago.
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Dispute clouds Sky buyout of Union FederalRestricted Content

July 31, 2006
Greg Andrews
Union Federal Bank's Fort Wayne-based parent is locked in a dispute that could put in peril the Indianapolis financial institution's $330 million sale to Bowling Green, Ohio-based Sky Financial Group Inc.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Consumers rarely raise banks above commodity statusRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Jeffrey A.
Toothpaste. Laundry bleach. Cat food. Banking services. Despite the hopes of many bank executives, vast numbers of consumers rarely elevate their banks beyond everyday commodity status. Through traditional advertising and marketing, many banks attempt to differenti ate themselves as the bank of choice or the bank that makes a difference. Repeat the tag line often enough and hopefully potential customers will start to believe it. One fact underscores this unfortunate commodity service status: According to recent market research, the No....
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MainSource grabs opportunities for growth: Greensburg-based bank not shy about acquisitionsRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Scott Olson
Honda Motor Co.'s decision to build a massive auto manufacturing plant near Greensburg has the small Decatur County town abuzz with excitement. But a company already entrenched there is making some noise of its own. MainSource Financial Group Inc. has increased assets an impressive 50 percent during the past year largely due to four acquisitions made by the publicly traded bank holding company. "We're a little opportunistic," admitted MainSource President and CEO James Saner. "We really want to grow, give...
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City Securities buys lender in bid to reach new marketsRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
City Securities Corp., one of the largest investment firms based in Indiana, has purchased Columbus, Ohio-based ReCasa Financial Group LLC, a specialty lender focused on rehabs of dilapidated houses.
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Investment firm taps local talent: Riderwood opens office, targets mid-size companiesRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Scott Olson
An East Coast investment-banking firm is opening an Indianapolis office and has recruited three high-profile professionals who bring a wealth of experience to manage operations. Towson, Md.-based The Riderwood Group Inc. wants to help midsize companies raise $5 million to $200 million in capital, a range largely ignored here by outside rivals, firm executives said. "There really is not a national mid-market investment bank [in Indianapolis]," company President Mitchell Fillet said. "This is a place where the big firms have...
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  1. So as I read this the one question that continues to come to me to ask is. Didn't Indiana only have a couple of exchanges for people to opt into which were very high because we really didn't want to expect the plan. So was this study done during that time and if so then I can understand these numbers. I also understand that we have now opened up for more options for hoosiers to choose from. Please correct if I'm wrong and if I'm not why was this not part of the story so that true overview could be taken away and not just parts of it to continue this negative tone against the ACA. I look forward to the clarity.

  2. It's really very simple. All forms of transportation are subsidized. All of them. Your tax money already goes toward every single form of transportation in the state. It is not a bad thing to put tax money toward mass transit. The state spends over 1,000,000,000 (yes billion) on roadway expansions and maintenance every single year. If you want to cry foul over anything cry foul over the overbuilding of highways which only serve people who can afford their own automobile.

  3. So instead of subsidizing a project with a market-driven scope, you suggest we subsidize a project that is way out of line with anything that can be economically sustainable just so we can have a better-looking skyline?

  4. Downtowner, if Cummins isn't getting expedited permitting and tax breaks to "do what they do", then I'd be happy with letting the market decide. But that isn't the case, is it?

  5. Patty, this commuter line provides a way for workers (willing to work lower wages) to get from Marion county to Hamilton county. These people are running your restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and retail stores. I don't see a lot of residents of Carmel working these jobs.

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