Banking & Finance

First Financial nabbing new hub, closing 3 branches

July 7, 2014
Mason King
Cincinnati-based First Financial Bank is shuffling its operations in the Indianapolis area, including moving its regional hub to a new downtown location and opening a high-profile branch in the same building.
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Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Tech firms get chance to pitch investorsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
Seventy-six startups and small tech companies will vie for investors’ interest July 10 at the Innovation Showcase.
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Durham victims wait and wait, as quest for cash continues

July 5, 2014
Greg Andrews
The bankruptcy trustee who has been trying to scrape together money for victims of Indianapolis financier Tim Durham’s Ponzi scheme just struck two lawsuit settlements that underscore the daunting obstacles he faces.
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Dow Jones index tops 17,000 after strong jobs report

July 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 17,000 for the first time ever Thursday morning. The Standard & Poor’s 500 also hit an all-time high.
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IU students get more information, borrow less

July 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
A simple letter from Indiana University led its students to reduce borrowing by far more than the national average last academic year. Federal undergraduate Stafford loan disbursements at the university dropped 11 percent, or $31 million.
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State firms up crowdfunding rules for businesses

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana firms can use the Internet to raise up to $2 million in a single securities offering, and Hoosiers can invest up to $5,000 each online, according to new state rules.
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Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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High court sides with Fifth Third employees in dispute

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with bank employees in a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.
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Ball State fraud involved failed internal controls

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State Treasurer Randy Howard told The Star Press he doesn't know whether that failure involved deception by anyone at the university, lack of due diligence or both.
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Indiana man pleads guilty in fake credit union case

June 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis man has pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of millions of dollars through a fake online credit union.
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Investors in church-related fraud to get most of their money

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
Investors will get 70 cents for every dollar they invested in an $85 million Ponzi scheme operated by a fundraising branch of the Church of God.
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Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

June 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday.
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IRS head says no obstruction of Congress in probe

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The head of the Internal Revenue Service brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility.
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Record number of Hoosier upstarts hunt for investorsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana companies are lining up for private investments in record numbers—a trend driven by the growth of dozens of Indianapolis technology companies that have left the startup stage and want to quickly hire and expand.
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INDIANA 100: Indiana public companies turned in contrasting performancesRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Chris O'Malley, Scott Olson, Anthony Schoettle
Profit shot up for some, while others fought setbacks.
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Audit finds 'intentional misuse' of funds by Elevate Ventures

June 19, 2014
Dan Human, Associated Press
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department says Elevate Ventures “intentionally misused” almost $500,000 in taxpayer funds when the state contractor invested in a company run by its board chairman.
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Sports memorabilia forfeited to help repay Ball State

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
A New York City man who pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $3.8 million has agreed to forfeit a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and boxing gloves autographed by Mike Tyson.
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Fed slows bond buying with fifth monthly reduction

June 18, 2014
The Federal Reserve will further slow the pace of its bond purchases because a strengthening U.S. job market needs less support.
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Dems look to downtown funds for Rebuild Indy alternative

June 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Council Democrats on Wednesday morning unveiled an alternative to the mayor's infrastructure-spending plan. It would involve less borrowing and use money in the downtown TIF fund.
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Investors to seek clues from Fed on rate increase

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
The Fed will likely approve a fifth cut in its monthly bond purchases because the job market has strengthened. But no clear signal is expected on when it will start raising short-term interest rates from record lows.
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Second man serving time in Ball State fraud scandal

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in an investment fraud scheme that cost Ball State University $13.1 million.
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Ball State bilked in 2nd scheme for $5 million

June 16, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University lost $5 million in an investment fraud scheme in addition to the $8.1 million scheme announced last week.
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Ball State says feds asked for quiet about fraud

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
A top Ball State University administrator said the school kept quiet for more than two years about an $8 million securities fraud at the request of federal law enforcement authorities.
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Former CEO sentenced for federal tax evasion

June 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Joseph C. Scott, 54, the former CEO at KSM Profit Advisors LLC, was convicted of underreporting his income taxes from 2005 to 2009, resulting in unpaid taxes of nearly $600,000.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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