Banking & Finance

AIG's American General unit said to be seeking $3B term loan

April 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp. is arranging a five-year loan that will be sold at a discount of 98 cents to 98.5 cents on the dollar, according to a source who declined to be identified because the discussions are private.
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Four charged with income tax fraud

April 7, 2010
A business owner and three people allegedly involved in a large mortgage fraud scheme face prison sentences for failing to report income or file certain tax forms.
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Indianapolis set for next wave of angel investorsRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Norm Heikens
A wave of up-and-coming angel investors in the Indianapolis area are quietly accumulating the expertise and thick wallets necessary to back startups that are at once risky and rich with potential for lucrative returns.
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Some up-and-coming angel investorsRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Dozens of people in the Indianapolis area have the potential and the interest to become angel investors in the next few years.
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SKARBECK: How Grace stayed patient under pressure to sellRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
When we left, we were trying to imagine a few of the many obstacles Grace might have encountered as her initial investment grew into $7 million over 74 years.
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Small-biz lending on the rise

April 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Federal loan programs that help fund company expansions are seeing more activity from program administrators in Indianapolis.
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Answer to Murat's naming-rights fight likely to be found in lease

March 30, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association, a Shriners affiliate that owns the iconic building, is suing Live Nation and Old National Bank over a naming-rights deal announced March 16.
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Shriners sue Live Nation, Old National over Murat renaming

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association is a Shriners affiiate that owns the Murat Centre, which on March 16 was renamed the "Old National Centre" in a three-year deal between the bank and Live Nation.
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Entrepreneurs lose clout as VC funds get stingier

March 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Most local venture funds are standing pat because the economy is weak and they’re no longer in fund-raising mode. Having invested most of their funds, the firms have shifted to the nurturing, or “harvesting” stage, to try to improve investment returns.
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Former Thomson plant back in bankruptcyRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Bloomington investor bought the sprawling complex out of receivership in 2008, and had hoped to spend more than $20 million to renovate it.
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Fair Finance co-owner charged with domestic battery

March 22, 2010
Greg Andrews
The embattled businessman was booked into the Hamilton County Jail following an incident Saturday morning at his Geist Reservoir home.
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Big guns behind Allos Ventures tech fund

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The region’s blossoming technology sector is about to get another shot of financial fertilizer. The newly formed Allos Ventures has raised $20 million from investors and plans to focus on early-stage tech companies.
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Mysterious $14M Verizon payable looms over Durham firmRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
CLST Holdings founder Al Goldfield says the company hid a $14 million debt to Verizon Communications Inc. in the years after he left.
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SKARBECK: Amazing patience paid off for GraceRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Back in 1935, she invested $180 in Abbott Laboratories stock and never sold it. This one decision became the entire investment career of Grace Groner.
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Indiana Legislature approves mortgage certification program

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rating system will help homebuyers avoid the risks of borrowing.
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Old National cut CEO's pay 10.6 percent last year

March 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Evansville-based bank, the largest financial institution headquartered in Indiana, awarded Robert Jones $1.2 million in total compensation last year, or $146,177 less than in 2008.
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Old National name to adorn Murat for three years

March 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The century-old Murat Centre will be named the Old National Centre for the next three years. Event promoter Live Nation on Tuesday put the new name in royal blue lettering above the marquee of the entertainment venue downtown.
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Custom builders, banks convene to discuss lending environment

March 16, 2010
Tom Harton
The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is trying to jump-start new home construction by convening a forum on how builders can adapt to banks’ stricter lending requirements.
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Old National Bank puts name on Murat Centre

March 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The voice-mail system at the Murat already greets callers with this message: You have reached the Old National Center, a Live Nation venue.
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Schrenker: 'Data' show he tried to fake own death

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former Fishers money manager facing fraud charges acknowledges in a newspaper interview that evidence indicates he was trying to fake his own death when he parachuted from his private plane that later crashed in a Florida swamp.
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Community banks face fight of their lives against big players

March 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Small, community banks will bet on their strength in customer service, and large banks will offer business customers lower costs.
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REED: Imprudence, bad economy will claim several Indiana banksRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
John Reed
Banks are in trouble. Most are suffering at least a little, and many will not survive. That includes Indiana banks.
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Many banks cutting dividends to merely a pennyRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
Banks used to take pride in having long records of increasing dividends. Now, about all most can say is they still pay one.
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Banking reforms may bite weakest institutionsRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana banks soon might have to pay the state as much as $300 million in new fees for deposit insurance at a time the industry is experiencing its deepest woes in decades.
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Indianapolis Housing Agency pulls off big tax credit deal

March 13, 2010
Tom Harton
City agency plans renovations, expansions at eight apartment properties.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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