Banking & Finance

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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Market, not bailouts, should stimulate refinancingsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Mike Hicks
Markets, no matter how imperfect, not government programs, manage the economy.
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Fast-growing appraisal firm evolves from subprime pastRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
One of the largest independent survivors of the subprime debacle is staking its future on a real estate appraisal business based in Indianapolis.
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Crackdown on bank pay pinches Hoosier execsRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
When Sen. Chris Dodd decided to wage war on corporate excess, he had Wall Street fat cats in his sights, not people like Bob Jones, the folksy CEO of Old National Corp. in Evansville.
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With bear market raging, are stocks priced right?Restricted Content

February 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Looking past all the bad news, a forward-thinking investor should be asking: Just how cheap are U.S. stocks?
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Seasoned stock pros size up slumpRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Sam Stall
Media pundits regularly call the current economic crisis the worst since the Great Depression. One of the few Indianapolis financial experts who's actually qualified to make such a comparison is Donald C. "Danny" Danielson, the 89-year-old vice chairman of City Securities Corp.
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CIB can't count on mall fundersRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
If the Capital Improvement Board comes, hat in hand, looking for help, we trust the investing companies will carefully weigh the benefits they've derived from the city and its thriving downtown before delivering an answer.
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Small Business Administration grants loans to Indy businessesRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
These businesses have received loans from financial institutions with a guarantee from the SBA.
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A showy millionaire faces spate of lawsuits

February 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
A recent spate of lawsuits, filed by a who's who of Indianapolis businessmen, exposes cracks in Tim Durham's veneer of opulence.
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Stimulus just way too big to spend this yearRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Mike Hicks
After much debate, the U.S. House and Senate have come together on a stimulus package. Whether it will work remains to be seen. And the long-term impact of spending nearly $800 billion is a big concern.
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Gold has been glittering next to other commoditiesRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
It may be that gold is now beginning to reassert itself into the role it was meant to play for manâ??the only true store of value we have ever known.
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CIB could ask for $34 million in write-offs from Circle Centre investors to ease deficitRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of mostly local companies that made big investments to help launch Circle Centre mall soon could be asked to write off a portion of profits they agreed to redirect into the construction of Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Papa's college funds hit the skidsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When I read the year-end statements from the 529 College Saving Plans I had established for the benefit of my grandchildren, I felt lower than a snake's belly.
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Corporate shareholders should demand moreRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Free marketers cringe at the thought of government interference, but the fact is that the taxpayer is now a significant shareholder in a number of financial businesses.
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Credit crisis reverses student lender's growthRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
ISM Loans is waiting to re-enter markets after halting its lending, changing its leadership and cutting 100 workers.
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Some female small-biz owners anticipate boost from changes by new administrationRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Della Pacheco
Some local women business owners are encouraged by the election of President Barack Obama and his appointment of a new chief at the Small Business Administration who is thought to be especially interested in the needs of women-owned businesses.
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Credit crunch creates bond crisis for CIBRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Capital Improvement Board's $43 million in debts must be settled soon, or the entity may not be able to survive.
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Mall giant says it's in good shape, but takes steps to conserve cashRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Cory Schouten
Despite assurances of strength, Simon Property Group Inc. has decided to pay 90 percent of its dividend in stock, a move that allows the company to hold onto $925 million in cash this year but could alienate shareholders drawn by the dividend.
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Airport hotel in limboRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The recession, coupled with personnel shifts, have grounded the more than $50-million hotel project adjacent to the new terminal.
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Buy-and-hold a bad tactic in these market conditionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
If world leaders don't quickly demonstrate the courage to stop printing money, the long term is shot. And since that courage isn't likely to surface anytime soon, investors should rethink traditional strategies now.
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Foreclosed properties create quandary for financial institutionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Cory Schouten
Real estate holdings of the nonbank-branch variety are growing fast on bank balance sheets.
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Carmel startup lands $12M in venture capitalRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Carmel startup Waterstone Pharmaceuticals Inc., which hopes to research drug components here and make them in China, has just raised $12 million in venture capital—despite the recession and a deep freeze in financial markets.
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Penrod suspect had past brushes with the lawRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
As an accounting student at Ball State University, Brandon J. Benker had a thirst for high-stakes gambling. But that didn't keep Benker from landing a job with an Indianapolis accounting firm, or serving as treasurer of The Penrod Society, a local not-for-profit that now alleges he took every penny of the $380,000 in its account.
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KSM's run-in with Madoff spawns bevy of questionsRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
KSM Capital Advisors didn't invest its clients' money directly with Bernard L. Madoff, but they're out millions of dollars just the same.
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Wealth manager advises long viewRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
When the stock market cratered last year, it demolished many portfolios. But as devastating as investors' losses were, people have suffered far worse trials and tribulations.
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