Banking & Finance

Pew study questions health of Indiana's public pensions

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Washington, D.C.-based Pew Center on the States says Indiana “needs improvement” in setting aside money for retirees’ future health care and other benefits.
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AIG's American General unit said to be seeking $3B term loan

April 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp. is arranging a five-year loan that will be sold at a discount of 98 cents to 98.5 cents on the dollar, according to a source who declined to be identified because the discussions are private.
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Four charged with income tax fraud

April 7, 2010
A business owner and three people allegedly involved in a large mortgage fraud scheme face prison sentences for failing to report income or file certain tax forms.
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Indianapolis set for next wave of angel investorsRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Norm Heikens
A wave of up-and-coming angel investors in the Indianapolis area are quietly accumulating the expertise and thick wallets necessary to back startups that are at once risky and rich with potential for lucrative returns.
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Some up-and-coming angel investorsRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Dozens of people in the Indianapolis area have the potential and the interest to become angel investors in the next few years.
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SKARBECK: How Grace stayed patient under pressure to sellRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
When we left, we were trying to imagine a few of the many obstacles Grace might have encountered as her initial investment grew into $7 million over 74 years.
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Small-biz lending on the rise

April 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Federal loan programs that help fund company expansions are seeing more activity from program administrators in Indianapolis.
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Answer to Murat's naming-rights fight likely to be found in lease

March 30, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association, a Shriners affiliate that owns the iconic building, is suing Live Nation and Old National Bank over a naming-rights deal announced March 16.
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Shriners sue Live Nation, Old National over Murat renaming

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association is a Shriners affiiate that owns the Murat Centre, which on March 16 was renamed the "Old National Centre" in a three-year deal between the bank and Live Nation.
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Entrepreneurs lose clout as VC funds get stingier

March 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Most local venture funds are standing pat because the economy is weak and they’re no longer in fund-raising mode. Having invested most of their funds, the firms have shifted to the nurturing, or “harvesting” stage, to try to improve investment returns.
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Former Thomson plant back in bankruptcyRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Bloomington investor bought the sprawling complex out of receivership in 2008, and had hoped to spend more than $20 million to renovate it.
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Fair Finance co-owner charged with domestic battery

March 22, 2010
Greg Andrews
The embattled businessman was booked into the Hamilton County Jail following an incident Saturday morning at his Geist Reservoir home.
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Big guns behind Allos Ventures tech fund

March 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The region’s blossoming technology sector is about to get another shot of financial fertilizer. The newly formed Allos Ventures has raised $20 million from investors and plans to focus on early-stage tech companies.
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Mysterious $14M Verizon payable looms over Durham firmRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
CLST Holdings founder Al Goldfield says the company hid a $14 million debt to Verizon Communications Inc. in the years after he left.
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SKARBECK: Amazing patience paid off for GraceRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Back in 1935, she invested $180 in Abbott Laboratories stock and never sold it. This one decision became the entire investment career of Grace Groner.
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Indiana Legislature approves mortgage certification program

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rating system will help homebuyers avoid the risks of borrowing.
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Old National cut CEO's pay 10.6 percent last year

March 19, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Evansville-based bank, the largest financial institution headquartered in Indiana, awarded Robert Jones $1.2 million in total compensation last year, or $146,177 less than in 2008.
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Old National name to adorn Murat for three years

March 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The century-old Murat Centre will be named the Old National Centre for the next three years. Event promoter Live Nation on Tuesday put the new name in royal blue lettering above the marquee of the entertainment venue downtown.
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Custom builders, banks convene to discuss lending environment

March 16, 2010
Tom Harton
The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis is trying to jump-start new home construction by convening a forum on how builders can adapt to banks’ stricter lending requirements.
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Old National Bank puts name on Murat Centre

March 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The voice-mail system at the Murat already greets callers with this message: You have reached the Old National Center, a Live Nation venue.
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Schrenker: 'Data' show he tried to fake own death

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former Fishers money manager facing fraud charges acknowledges in a newspaper interview that evidence indicates he was trying to fake his own death when he parachuted from his private plane that later crashed in a Florida swamp.
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Community banks face fight of their lives against big players

March 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Small, community banks will bet on their strength in customer service, and large banks will offer business customers lower costs.
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REED: Imprudence, bad economy will claim several Indiana banksRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
John Reed
Banks are in trouble. Most are suffering at least a little, and many will not survive. That includes Indiana banks.
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Many banks cutting dividends to merely a pennyRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
Banks used to take pride in having long records of increasing dividends. Now, about all most can say is they still pay one.
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Banking reforms may bite weakest institutionsRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana banks soon might have to pay the state as much as $300 million in new fees for deposit insurance at a time the industry is experiencing its deepest woes in decades.
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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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