Banking & Finance

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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Beyond being a great investor, Buffett writes wittily and wellRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
One of the greatest investors of all time, Warren Buffett is always refreshingly candid and informative in his letters to investors, and 2008's 21-page missive is no exception.
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Taxes, fees should be determined case-by-caseRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Morton Marcus
If an honest case for the general good cannot be made (as in the case of most education services, and, sports, entertainment and tourist facilities), government revenue streams should not be used to support private enterprises.
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Focused, clear direction is needed to end recessionRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The solution to ending the current recession is not more trillion-dollar debt on future social health care, education and energy ideas, nor any increase in taxes.
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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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Clawback provisions won't hurt biz attractionRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Mike Hicks
House Bill 1338 introduces a change to many (but not all) of our state's tax incentives, adding what is known as a "clawback" provision, offering a reasonable and fair adjustment to our current tax incentives.
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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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Bonus outrage poor excuse for good public policy

March 23, 2009
Mike Hicks
The wages paid by a company to its employees are a distinctly private matter.
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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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Duke upends growth plan, focuses on paying debtRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
In this horrendous environment, nothing is more important for a debt-laden public company than proving it can pay its bills
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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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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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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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Consultants for PERF, TRF announce plan to mergeRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Whether or not the Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund consolidate, their primary financial consultants are merging.
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Look beyond emotions when investingRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As Ben Graham said in his Mr. Market allegory: "The market is there to serve you, not guide you."
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PNC plans return to 'old-fashioned' lending standardsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
PNC CEO James Rohr, 60, recently sat down with IBJ to discuss the merger between PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and National City Corp., as well as the recession and PNC's strategy.
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Fearful companies are curtailing employee insurance, retirement perksRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Experts worry that if unemployment worsens, even more companies could be forced to cut benefits, especially health insurance.
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