Banking & Finance

Auction to sell items from former money manager

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
The court-ordered auction includes a motorboat, jet ski and a $30,000 diamond ring, as well as a motorcycle that Marcus Schrenker used to flee police.
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Whopping dividend puts obscure oil refiner in spotlightRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Greg Andrews
The financial underpinnings for the current quarterly dividend—45.5 cents per share—seem less than sturdy.
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SKARBECK: Municipal bond defaults might be next crisisRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
for decades, politicians have regularly boosted public pension benefits to score election gains, while neglecting the long-term costs to municipal budgets. Now the bills are coming due.
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HICKS: Derivatives don't deserve their scary reputationRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Mike Hicks
One major part of the legislation will target derivatives. This is an arena where the financial services industry does itself no good from a public relations sense.
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Deadline approaching for mortgage lenders to pass exam

June 11, 2010
Lenders must pass the test by July 1, or their licenses will be revoked. So far, just 58 percent of more than 1,000 in the state have passed.
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For PNC, there's much riding on smooth transition

June 10, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pittsburgh-based bank starts converting former National City operations in central Indiana to its brand this weekend. But any snags could create opportunities for competitors to pounce on customers.
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Miller brothers who shared in fortune fighting over $3 million

June 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
J. Irwin Miller’s two sons have been battling for years over who should have paid expenses on the wealthy Columbus family’s homes and businesses, but their fight isn’t about the money—especially after they inherited at least $20 million apiece.
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Indiana Seed Fund nearing end of $6 million stashRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Having invested in 10 companies since 2005 and with its $6 million pot of money running low, the Indiana Seed Fund is nearing a crossroads.
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City Securities rebounds quickly from recession

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's oldest and largest investment banking firm expects its revenue to increase 20 percent to 25 percent this year.
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EnerDel's potential luring backers despite steep lossesRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The parent of locally based lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel is putting together hundreds of millions of dollars in financing to fund a business plan that could bring revenue to nearly $1 billion within five years.
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HICKS: State both good, bad in human-capital gameRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Mike Hicks
Suppose we lived in a perfectly flat world that is a vast, featureless plain of identical square counties.
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Battered banks don't see light at end of tunnelRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Greg Andrews
Credit problems continue to bedevil banks big and small, many of them caused by soured commercial real estate loans.
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Grameen Bank might open here, providing small loans that add up

May 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Bangladesh-based Grameen Bank, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning financial institution that developed the concept of life-changing micro loans for the poor, is contemplating opening its third U.S. branch in Indianapolis.
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Private companies struggle to raise funds once reaching critical massRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Several Indiana companies are in a position, or soon will be, to launch an initial public offering. But don't expect a wave of new Indiana public companies. In the recession, with both revenue and profits down, companies may choose to wait until they have better numbers to report.
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SKARBECK: Why do Fannie, Freddie deserve a free pass?Restricted Content

May 29, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
One crisis that continues to simmer under the public radar is the endless taxpayer support needed to prop up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Stocks plummet on economic worries

May 25, 2010
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrials plunged below 10,000 Tuesday as traders turned away from stocks amid worries about the global economy and tensions between North and South Korea.
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Business bank reports first-quarter loss

May 25, 2010
Indiana Business Bancorp lost $519,043 in the first quarter compared with a profit of $32,252 during the same period a year ago.
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Soft Landing: Pay slipped for most execs in 2009, but cuts weren't deep

May 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Top executives at Indiana's public companies have largely been insulated from the economic crash. IBJ's review of executive pay found that, although 131 of the 238 executives listed in proxy statements the past two years saw annual compensation fall in 2009, only 10 experienced cuts of more than $1 million.
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New collateral rules for Indiana deposits may favor big banks

May 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
New state rules designed to protect government cash from bank failures might have an unintended consequence: helping the biggest banks and hurting the smallest.
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KULT: Mortgage loan officers punch the clock under new ruleRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Gregory P. Kult
The government now views loan officers more like factory workers than white-collar business managers.
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New Indiana law aims to promote safety of traditional loansRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A new state program is encouraging lenders to promote the stability of their conventional mortgages to help Indiana's housing market rebound from a foreclosure crisis instigated by risky loans.
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SKARBECK: Exchanges' proposed fix for glitch is ludicrousRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Is investing becoming a technology-rigged game for computerized gamblers who rent stocks for seconds or minutes and whose objective is to repeatedly skim small profits?
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PROXY CORNER: First Merchants Corp.

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
First Merchants Corp. is a bank holding company that operates offices in Indiana and Ohio. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, the company reported a net loss of $45.7 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, on $281.6 million in revenue.
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HICKS: Fear, not economics, drives immigration debateRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Mike Hicks
Mexico is in the throes of a violent lawlessness that is spilling over into the United States. Dealing with this is neither racist nor unconstitutional.
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Lender wants Hansen & Horn receivership terminated

May 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Salin Bank argues that it wants to "control its own destiny" by selling 49 lots the homebuilder defaulted on rather than have court-appointed receiver coordinate the sale.
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