Banking & Finance

Fed to reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The Fed will trim its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January.
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Investors await Fed's decision on bond purchases

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
But most economists think that when the Fed's latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, it will announce that it's maintaining its pace of $85 billion a month in bond purchases.
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Indiana church expected to repay creditors fully in 25 years

December 17, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Madison Park Church of God in Anderson has a green light to exit bankruptcy under a Chapter 11 plan approved by an Indianapolis judge late last week.
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Poll: Many Americans see end of stock market surge

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Americans aren't expecting another bang-up year for the stock market, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
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Federal workers' pensions targeted in budget deal

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Their retirement programs are notably generous compared to the norm in private industry. But for federal workers hired after 2012, the pension program is turning less generous.
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Interactive Intelligence’s early bet on cloud paying off

December 14, 2013
Greg Andrews
The maker of call center software has seen its stock price rocket from about $20 to $62 over the last 25 months. The runup has swelled the company’s market value from $400 million to $1.3 billion.
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Barron's says Simon stock among best for 2014

December 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The owner of hundreds of retail properties landed on the Barron’s list of top stock picks for 2014, with the financial publication citing an improved outlook and an analyst upgrade.
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Suit slams ex-insiders of Bank of IndianaRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Racketeering, fraud and “negligent oversight” are juicy ingredients in any lawsuit. But a recently filed complaint against Bank of Indiana may take the trophy in the otherwise sound-but-sleepy world of Indiana banking, not just for the nature of the allegations but that they’re aimed at the boardroom.
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Prosecutors concede no ground in Tim Durham’s appeal

December 7, 2013
Greg Andrews
In a new brief, the government insists it pursued wiretaps in late 2009 only after investigating the business using less-invasive techniques for 7-1/2 months.
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Stock market jumps after strong jobs report

December 6, 2013
Associated Press
Stocks rose sharply after the government reported a fourth straight month of solid U.S. job gains, the latest encouraging sign for the economy.
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Indiana maintains all three of its AAA credit ratings

December 6, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana has held AAA ratings – the highest available – with Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch Ratings since April of 2010.
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School districts could recover $14 million in settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts which invested in a failed union health insurance plan could get back roughly half of the money they lost, if they approve the settlement.
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'12 Days of Christmas' items top $114,000

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" still cost the same as they did last year.
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Chase Indiana chairman retiring

November 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Dennis Bassett, who retires at the end of this month, will tell you things might not have gone well for JPMorgan Chase & Co. if it had imported a New Yorker to run its Indiana operations when it bought Chicago-based Bank One in 2004.
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Finish Line shares continue climb after upgrade

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Two investment analysts raised their ratings for Finish Line on Monday, saying the Indianapolis-based athletic shoe and clothing retailer has the opportunity for margin recovery and a stronger online performance.
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New Carmel company to boot J.C. Penney off S&P 500

November 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
J.C. Penney, which is trying to bounce back from its worst sales year in two decades, will be replaced by Carmel-based electronic security company Allegion, which is being spun off by Irish industrial conglomerate Ingersoll-Rand Plc.
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PROXY CORNER: First Financial Corp.

November 23, 2013
Terre Haute-based First Financial Corp. is the holding company for First Financial Bank, The Morris Plan Co. of Terre Haute and Forrest Sherer Inc. It operates 68 banking offices in Indiana and Illinois.
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Still nothing for investors, as Fair Finance legal fees balloon

November 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Cleveland law firm representing the bankruptcy Trustee Brian Bash is seeking approval for more than $11 million in fees.
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Bank tells tardy borrowers to get job—­and offers to help

November 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley

What if a mortgage lender could help the unemployed/underemployed customer find a job and avoid the roughly $50,000 it can cost the institution to foreclose? Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank began trying that very approach in central Indiana a few months ago, in the form of a re-employment assistance program.

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Dow, S&P 500 hit records before closing lower

November 18, 2013
Associated Press
The stock market broke through two milestones Monday before giving up nearly all its gains late in the day.
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First Internet up-shifts in commercial lendingRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley

First Internet Bank raised eyebrows this month when it filed a $25 million secondary stock offering said to be for organic growth and “other general corporate purposes.”

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Stonegate Mortgage profit slows in third quarter

November 14, 2013
In its first quarter as a public company, the Indianapolis-based residential mortgage firm reported a big year-over-year dip as rising interest rates made the market more volatile.
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Menard lawyers question Trump's value as spokeswoman

November 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Attorneys for John Menard questioned how valuable Melania Trump actually is as a celebrity spokeswoman during an ongoing trial over a skincare marketing deal gone sour.
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Menard-Trump trial lays bare celeb-endorsement business

November 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
Testimony in the first day of a trial over a contract dispute between Melania Trump, John Menard and Steve Hilbert also involved former Miss America Katie Stam, the Kardashian sisters and the former manager of the Menards store in Avon.
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Fee push helping banks overcome low interest ratesRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Two Indiana-based banks showed up on a national ranking of best non-interest income as a percentage of operating revenue: Evansville-based Old National Bancorp and South Bend’s 1st Source Corp.
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