Banking & Finance

Edward Jones eyeing Indianapolis expansion

August 12, 2010
The St. Louis-based financial services firm plans to add 62 branches within the next five years here to complement the existing 90 locations it already has in the city and surrounding counties.
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AIG sells American General unit to Fortress at loss

August 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
American International Group Inc. has agreed to sell a majority stake in its Evansville-based consumer lending unit, getting rid of an operation that posted about $1.7 billion in operating losses since 2008 and accumulated more than $17 billion in debt.
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Judge refuses to unseal Fair Finance search warrants

August 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Judge Sara Lioi ruled the right of access to search warrant records connected with an ongoing investigation is “not absolute” and not justified in this case.
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JPMorgan's wealth advisory group led from Indianapolis

August 7, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Elizabeth Schlueter started out in Fort Wayne and rose through a series of promotions that landed her not on Wall Street but in Indianapolis.
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First Merchants, First Financial mull expansionRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Norm Heikens
Acquisitions situate banks to seek market share in Indianapolis.
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Finish Line founders giving up their extra voting powerRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Greg Andrews
The influence of founders’ families in public companies usually wanes over time. But few firms accelerate the process, as Finish Line is doing.
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HICKS: What silly bands say about the value of things

August 7, 2010
Mike Hicks
There are economic lessons here. The most important is that the value of things is necessarily determined by what is known in econo-jargon as utility.
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Emmis delays vote on buyout again

August 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
As preferred shareholders continue holdout, Emmis postpones vote to take company private. Issue will be taken up again Aug. 13.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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Trustee: Durham used Fair funds for gambling, donations

August 3, 2010
Greg Andrews, Associated Press
The bankruptcy trustee said Durham spent $2.8 million on gambling and resorts, $3.3 million on interior decorating and $14 million on real estate.
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Hoosier firms find cutting costs no substitute for growthRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Greg Andrews
The gains amid economic malaise are impressive, but also unsustainable. Companies can’t continue to grow earnings forever based on cost-cutting.
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Indiana life sciences companies capture more venture capital money in first half of 2010

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Venture dollars for Hoosier companies are still few, but the flow of deals is picking up.
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HICKS: Twenty years later, the impact of Desert StormRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Mike Hicks
Wartime familiarity should make us more tolerant of our differences and care more for one another's children.
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First Internet Bank reports strong second quarter

July 29, 2010
Fewer loan losses and an increase in net-interest income help the bank post one of its biggest quarterly profits in company history.
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Life sciences deals pick up momentum

July 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
Venture dollars for Indiana life sciences companies are still few, but the flow of deals is picking up. Nine Hoosier companies scored investments totaling $10.4 million during the first six months of the year.
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Old National improves second-quarter performance

July 26, 2010
The Evansville-based bank reported a 9-percent increase in second-quarter profit, helped by a continued reduction in non-interest expenses and growth in commercial loan and business checking account activity.
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High-end home market hits foreclosure lullRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Norm Heikens
Until this year, Indiana's foreclosure epidemic knew no demographic boundaries. But suddenly that’s changed. Since March, not a single foreclosure on a house priced at $1 million or more has been filed in the Indianapolis area—a possible sign of better times for uber-expensive homes.
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Financial upheaval produced war stories galoreRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Norm Heikens
The foreclosure epidemic has left a wake of carnage in the Indianapolis area.
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Local investors make big bet on senior housingRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
With the first baby boomers set to turn 65 in six months, investments in senior housing are heating up. A group of Indianapolis-area professionals—including Mark Waterfill (left) and Tony Schantz—have banded together to launch three senior housing projects around the state, spending $49 million and looking to do more.
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SKARBECK: Financial overhaul law leaves much uncertaintyRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
The public, to no surprise, is skeptical that the new regulations will succeed. A Bloomberg poll shows nearly four out of five Americans have little confidence the measures will prevent a crisis.
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HICKS: What we can learn from forecasting blundersRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Mike Hicks
It begs the question, just what should economists be expected to know and how should we explain it?
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Small business lending measure clears filibuster

July 23, 2010
Associated Press
Community banks may soon be able tap a $30 billion government fund to help them increase lending to small businesses.
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Integra Bank unloads five Kentucky branches

July 23, 2010
Transaction is part of Evansville-based Integra's plan to narrow its geographic footprint, CEO Michael J. Alley said. The bank has 59 branches in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio.
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Historic financial overhaul signed into law by Obama

July 21, 2010
Associated Press
Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, a member of the House GOP leadership, on Wednesday joined House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio in calling for the law's repeal.
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HICKS: To spend or cut taxes, that is the questionRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Mike Hicks
The stimulus and array of bailouts have thus far done little to boost the economy. Neither is there good evidence they kept things from getting worse.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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