Banking & Finance

Carmel project dogged by conflict questionsRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
An executive ousted from the firm developing The Barrington in Carmel alleges that the $142 million retirement-community project was driven by conflicts of interest.
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Battered Broadbent climbs back from brinkRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Cory Schouten
One of the city’s best-known retail developers is alive and kicking again after a harrowing real estate downturn and protracted legal battle with two lenders.
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PROXY CORNER: First Financial Corp.Restricted Content

November 10, 2012
Terre Haute-based First Financial Corp. is the holding company for First Financial Bank, The Morris Plan Co. of Terre Haute and Forrest Sherer Insurance. It operates more than 60 banking offices in Indiana and Illinois.
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Health insurance stocks flop after Obama wins second term

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Health insurance stocks sank deeper than the broader market Wednesday after President Barack Obama's re-election helped clarify the future of his health care overhaul, a sweeping law that some investors fear will pinch profits.
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Investor accused of defrauding burned-down church

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have filed fraud charges against an investor who they say misspent nearly $400,000 that leaders of an Indianapolis church gave him as it tried to raise more money to rebuild from a fire.
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WellPoint shares droop despite profitable quarter

November 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s third-quarter earnings trumped Wall Street expectations, but the health insurer's stock tumbled Wednesday after President Barack Obama won re-election, a victory that could help cement the future of his health care overhaul.
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Stocks rise as investors wait for a winner

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Major stock-market indexes climbed Tuesday as investors waited for the finish of a closely fought U.S. presidential election.
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Two Indianapolis office buildings in foreclosure

November 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The buildings on the northwest side of the city total nearly 200,000 square feet and are owned by an affiliate of a company that operates 12 cemeteries and four funeral homes throughout Indiana.
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Speech recognition technology firm gets cash infusionRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Waveform Communications LLC got its second round of funding for research and development.
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Settlement talks afoot in Mel Simon estate brawlRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Mel’s daughter Deborah asked a Hamilton County judge to put discovery deadlines on hold and vacate the July 2013 trial date while the parties negotiate a “memorandum of understanding.”
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State fund invests $600,000 in neutron-detection company

November 2, 2012
The Indiana's 21st Century Fund investment will help PartTec Ltd. commercialize its technology. The money will be co-invested with $1.2 million in private funds.
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Baldwin & Lyons profits rise on fewer storm losses

November 1, 2012
Indianapolis-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. continues to improve on its 2011 results, recording after-tax profit of $11.7 million, or 78 cents a share, for the third quarter.
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Indianapolis accounting firm settles with Fair Finance trustee

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Somerset CPAs PC will pay $500,000 to settle litigation brought by the bankruptcy trustee of Fair Finance Co., the Ohio-based firm that convicted financier Tim Durham used to conduct a major Ponzi scheme.
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Durham lawyer balks at proposed 225-year sentence

November 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
The attorney for convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham argues that the presentencing report miscalculates the losses suffered by investors, includes a range of allegations that weren’t proven at trial and blames his client for events outside his control.
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Local lawyer appointed federal bankruptcy judge

October 31, 2012
James M. Carr of the Indianapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has been appointed to a 14-year term effective Jan. 1. His selection follows the recent appointment of Marion Superior Court Judge Robyn Moberly.
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Indiana businessman admits guilt in 2 fraud plots

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana businessman has pleaded guilty to ripping off an Iowa company and duping investors in separate fraud schemes totaling $2.3 million.
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Storm will keep financial markets closed Tuesday

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. Bond trading will also be closed.
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Charter airline proposed by local entrepreneur on investment firm's radarRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Legacy Travel Club finds believer after months of fruitless fundraising locally.
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Church caught up in nightmare after life insurance scheme soursRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Lindberg Road Church of Christ in Anderson has filed for bankruptcy protection because of a failed plan to finance construction on its properties. The plan involved buying life insurance on elderly members, with the intent to sell the policies later on the secondary market.
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Rapid rise of ExactTarget uplifting for young techies

October 27, 2012
Greg Andrews
In just over a decade, the interactive marketer has rocketed from bootstrapped startup to New York Stock Exchange-listed company with a market value of $1.5 billion.
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Report tallies local government debt loadsRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new reporting requirement on local governments gives taxpayers unprecedented access to debt information, but the data is also likely to raise many questions.
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Florida payroll provider moving to Indianapolis, adding 59 jobs

October 26, 2012
Beyond Payroll LLC, which said it will add the jobs by 2106, is leasing 2,000 square feet of space in the downtown Stutz Building.
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U.S. sues Bank of America for $1B-plus in mortgage fraud

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America for more than $1 billion on Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.
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Stocks hammered by weak earnings reports

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks sank sharply Tuesday morning, driving major indexes to their lowest point since early September, after big-name companies reported weak quarterly earnings and lowered their expectations for the rest of the year.
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Scale Computing lands $12 million in VC funding

October 23, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Scale Computing, a maker of data-storage devices that recently launched a “datacenter in a box,” has landed another $12 million in venture funding.
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