Banking & Finance

Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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A battered stock market is no reason to stop investing for a college educationRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Scott Olson
It's no time to be cautious about investing for a college education. Rather, the drop in the stock market presents an ideal time to be aggressive.
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New Indiana law requires schools to teach financial acumen

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett plans to meet a state mandate to offer financial instruction by incorporating the topic in the classroom via real-world example.
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Entrepreneur hopes real estate venture will rebuild neighborhoods, fund charitiesRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Sexauer has $250,000 and a list of about 120 properties he’d like to acquire from the city of Indianapolis.
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PITTSFORD: Business ownership brings stability and greater financial rewardsRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Gary Pittsford
Owning your own business is more attractive today than ever, especially if you are in your 20s or 30s.
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COX: Converting to a Roth IRA offers considerable tax breaksRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Jay Cox
The deadline for converting traditional individual retirement accounts to Roth IRAs arrives at the end of the 2009.
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HICKS: Stimulus job creation has been surprisingly small

September 26, 2009
Mike Hicks
Earlier this month, the Obama administration released its estimate of the impact of the fiscal stimulus on job creation.
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Ex-Lampoon exec Dan Laikin admits to stock fraud

September 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin pleaded guilty this afternoon to participating in a fraudulent scheme to pump up the stock price of National Lampoon Inc., the Los Angeles-based entertainment company he led.
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Old National prices offering at $10 per share

September 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Evansville-based Old National Bancorp said yesterday that it has priced its public offering of 18 million shares of company stock at $10 per share.
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Irwin Financial files for bankruptcy liquidation

September 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Columbus-based Irwin Financial Corp. has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, setting the stage for the liquidation of the remaining assets of the troubled banking company.
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Unfinished federal bailout sealed Irwin's failure

September 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Up to the end, Columbus-based Irwin Financial Corp. anticipated a government bailout that never materialized.
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Old National selling stock to fund potential purchases

September 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Evansville-based Old National Bancorp said this morning that it is selling $150 million of its stock in a public offering and will use some of the proceeds to fund potential acquisitions.
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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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MANN: Commercial real estate is next mortgage crisisRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Brian Mann
The cresting wave of maturing commercial real estate debt is the second act in our nation's credit crisis.
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SKARBECK: Hedge fund superstars take it on the chin

September 19, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Lauded as "masters of the universe," the star investment managers overseeing the largest hedge funds built huge expectations they couldn't fulfill.
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HICKS: Chinese tariff is misstep toward trade war

September 19, 2009
Mike Hicks
Just a short year ago, economists of all stripes voiced fears of a rise in economic protectionism like that which contributed mightily to the Great Depression.
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Regulators close Irwin banking operations

September 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff
State and federal regulators shut down the two banking subsidiaries of ailing Irwin Financial Corp. of Columbus. The action makes Irwin Union Bank and Irwin Union Bank FSB the first financial institution failures in Indiana since steep losses hit the industry last year.
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Irwin Financial admits outlook dire

September 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
Shares of Irwin Financial Corp. plummeted this morning after the banking company disclosed that regulators have ordered it to bolster its capital by the end of the month to levels "it has no realistic prospect of achieving."
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Ex-Lauth executive: 'Every day is a struggle' after a year of unemploymentRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
Michael Hartman earned a six-figure salary as a vice president at Lauth Group Inc. until he was laid off in early 2008. Since then, he’s struggled to find a job—any job that would allow his family to stay in their Westfield home.
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HICKS: Post-recession policies matter more than theory

September 12, 2009
Mike Hicks
There's a wonderful fight brewing between some of the world's best-known economists.
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Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute seeks comebackRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s board has hired Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger to engineer a resuscitation.
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Rash of bank failures sure to spread to IndianaRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
Not a single Indiana bank has failed since the sector tanked last year. But Bob Jones, CEO of Old National Bancorp in Evansville, figures it’s only a matter of time.
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Developer Lauth's bankrupt units win round in courtRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Lauth Group Inc. in recent weeks has won critical courtroom victories that likely will allow company principals to retain control of three subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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SKARBECK: Iceland offers case study of economy out of controlRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Nowhere else on the stage of global economics was financial boom and bust more surreally scripted than in the small isolated country of Iceland.
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Oak Street Funding raises $50 million in new capital

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
German group invests in Carmel-based company that specializes in financial services for insurance agencies.
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