Banking & Finance

SEC accuses Indy cancer firm of being a sham

August 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
The SEC says the CEO of locally based biomedical firm Xytos Inc. has committed securities fraud since 2010 by repeatedly publishing false information to investors about the company. Timothy Cook denies the accusations.
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Pioneer in online banking thriving on diversificationRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
First Internet Bancorp shares are up 105 percent for the year. Founder David Becker said the Indianapolis-based bank has been careful to be geographically diversified in its real estate holdings.
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NASDAQ breakdown ramps pressure to take actions

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets ratchets up the pressure on NASDAQ and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur.
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Brownsburg town council head named new state auditor

August 15, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday morning he had selected Dwayne Sawyer for the position. Sawyer has been a member of the Brownsburg Town Council since 2009 and became its president last year.
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Indiana Members adds small credit union to its fold

August 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Members, which has 24 branches and $1.3 billion in assets, will grow by one branch and $17 million in assets.
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Indiana senator to push for municipal bankruptcy law

August 3, 2013
Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana lawmaker says he will push a measure next year that would change state law to allow local governments to file for bankruptcy like Detroit did in July.
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Newcomer banks slice into 'overheated' Indianapolis marketRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Newer entrants are chasing market share with convenient hours, quick decisions and narrower niches of customers.
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Indiana state banks regaining pre-meltdown assetsRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Recovery doesn't mean banks have escaped challenges.
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DUNCAN: Dodd-Frank hems in many nonbank lendersRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
David Duncan / Special to IBJ
'Dealer markups' in jeopardy in push to protect consumers.
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City Securities' stumble opens door to rivalsRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
City Securities Corp. has dominated the Indiana municipal bond market for decades, but the firm’s recent $580,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could give issuers pause and competitors a foot in the door in the underwriting business.
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Life sciences venture capital dips againRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital surged in the first half of 2012, to $51.6 million in Indiana. But the pace of activity here fell off sharply in the second half of last year, and remained sluggish into 2013.
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New front opens in family battle over Mel Simon fortuneRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Greg Andrews
Bren Simon is pushing hard for a distribution from the estate now, citing as precedent an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling in another case that “as a matter of policy, beneficiaries should not be starved of distributions to which they are undisputably entitled.”
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CNO Financial gung-ho on share buybacksRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
The Carmel-based financial services company said that, during the second quarter, it repurchased $59.4 million of its securities, including 4.4 million common shares for $50 million.
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Venture capitalist Neff replacing Evans as AIT chief

August 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's the latest in a string of leadership changes at the testing lab. Neff is coming from CHV Capital, the venture capital arm of Indiana University Health, where he had been CEO.
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Local brokerage Goelzer reaches $500,000 settlement with SEC

August 1, 2013
Jeff Newman
Indianapolis-based Goelzer Investment Management Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle SEC charges that it misled many of its clients over a period of 13 years, costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in trading fees.
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Regulators: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from two power grid operators, including the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which is based in Carmel.
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Centre Properties escapes foreclosure on 12 properties

July 30, 2013
Jeff Newman
Financial terms of the agreements, announced in a written statement, were not disclosed, but the mortgages involve tens of millions of dollars in debt on retail properties spread throughout the area.
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City Securities paying $580,000 to settle SEC probe

July 29, 2013
Greg Andrews
The SEC said the Indianapolis investment firm and a southern Indiana school district made false statements to bond investors. The agency also said the head of City's municipal bond division, Randy Ruhl, provided improper gifts to bond issuers.
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Under-the-radar utility-locating firm scores nearly $1B saleRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based United States Infrastructure Corp. just changed hands for the third time in five years—but not because it’s a hot potato nobody wants. Quite the contrary, as the latest sale price—nearly $1 billion—demonstrates.
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Bank seeks abatement to construct office space along I-69

July 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Economic development leaders in Fishers are asking the Town Council to OK a six-year property tax abatement to help First Internet Bancorp construct as many as two office buildings.
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Bidders lining up to build key I-69 legRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Five global financing and construction teams want to build the next stage of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville.
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Home Loan Bank taps CFO for top jobRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Cindy Konich is the new CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. She succeeds Milton J. Miller, 57, who retired July 1.
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Angie's List shares fall as eBay plans competing model

July 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Angie’s List's stock continued to tumble Thursday morning after an analyst downgraded the stock following a report that Internet giant eBay will test its own consumer-reviews site in the United Kingdom.
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Faithful are victims at both ends of church scam

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
Nearly a decade after the government took over an Indiana brokerage firm whose leaders scammed more than 10,000 devout investors out of millions of dollars, officials are still trying to get their money back without forcing congregations out of their houses of worship.
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First Internet earnings jump on lending gains

July 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Commercial real estate lending for First Internet jumped 64 percent, to $112.7 million, in the second quarter. And commercial and industrial lending nearly doubled, to $15.3 million.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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