Banking & Finance

Keeping calm in the financial stormRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Many investors endured appalling financial losses this year, as markets soured and the economy slipped into recession. Now they're grieving over money once intended to fund retirement, their children's education or major philanthropic gifts.
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Basic investments are best for Indiana pension fundsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
John Guy
IBJ reported in November that the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund will allocate 15 percent to 30 percent of its investments in "alternatives." Unfortunately, the term means nothing to those of us outside PERF and probably confuses PERF itself.
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Others to blame for woes? Try looking closer to homeRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Paul Coan
Investors were mad as hell last year as they watched their portfolios melt. And who can blame them? But even after holding Wall Street, banks and the government accountable, these investors should look in the mirror.
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Biotech venture fund in worksRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
BioCrossroads is setting the stage to create Indiana Future Fund II, an effort that would raise tens of millions of dollars for speculation on promising Hoosier life science companies.
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Indiana banks accepting TARP fundingRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Many of Indiana's banks jumped at the chance to apply for a share of the federal government's capital-infusion program, and ones that win approval likely will accept the funds designed to shore up still-healthy financial institutions.
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Recession, lockdown of credit hammers businesses of all sizesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Stock markets fell, jobs disappeared, and the outlook for the economy seemed to grow grimmer by the week in 2008. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers took some of the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana felt the pain.
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Stock markets weather historic plungeRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Greg Andrews
Unless markets surge in the final days of the year, 2008 will go down as the worst year for stocks since the Great Depression.
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High-flying Premier Properties crashes

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
The founder of local real estate firm Premier Properties USA Inc. saw his company falter this year and faced three felony charges in connection with its downfall.
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Time to close book on '08, and not a moment too soonRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
For investors across the globe, most would agree that 2008 was an annus horribilis. Anyone with a vague recall of Latin will arrive at the translation of "horrible year."
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Turmoil forces National City saleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
After a 17-year run in Indianapolis, National City's trademark green signs are set to be replaced with the blue of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial.
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Twice-bankrupt ATA finally foldsRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Any hopes that hometown airline ATA would make a comeback and eventually resume scheduled service from Indianapolis were dashed April 2, when it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.
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Conseco's investment loss of $96 million 'pretty good' by comparisonRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
J.K. Wall
Eric Johnson, Conseco Inc.'s president over its investment unit called 40/86 Advisors, talked with IBJ about the surprises of the investing world over the last 18 months.
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Stitle: Bank's sale to PNC fuels 'burst of adrenaline'Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Greg Andrews
"I have no intention of retiring â?? now or ever," said Steve Stitle, CEO of National City Bank in Indiana, after the bank was purchased by PNC Financial.
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Givers get strategicRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
 Wealthy people are getting more advice from hired professionals and less from peers and not-for-profit personnel when making decisions about charitable giving, a new study shows.
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Weird yields for Treasuries evidence of investor angstRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
A large number of investors are so fearful these days that they have flocked to the safest securities, pushing down interest rates to virtually nothing.
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Bold bets on Hoosier firms yield horrific results so farRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Greg Andrews
The millions of dollars they plunked down to buy stock in local companies over the past two years have shriveled in value, leaving them way, way below break-even.
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Lease-to-own options becoming more popularRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
With credit tight and the economy shaky, homeowners around the region are increasingly choosing to sell their properties on a lease-to-own basis.
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Diesel dip in price not fueling trucking recoveryRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Scott Olson
Hampered much of the year by high fuel prices, trucking companies still may be in for a long haul before they're back on the road to recovery.
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Worst fallout to come in waning days of recessionRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Mike Hicks
The Dec. 1 announcement by the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research officially dated the recession back to the fourth quarter of 2007.
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State public company execs grab up stock as prices fallRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
J.K. Wall
The unprecedented plunge on Wall Street the last three months has spurred a couple of dozen executives and directors at Indiana public companies to scoop up shares in their own companies.
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Study says most U.S. pensions are poised to recoverRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
A new national analysis of U.S. public pension funds suggests most invest prudently, even in volatile times.
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Analyzing intrinsic value unearths some bargain stocksRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
investors looking at business valuations likely will conclude there are companies selling at prices less than their intrinsic values.
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NFP of NOTE: Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Services

December 1, 2008
Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Services work to change lives by helping people gain financial stability.
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Companies face pension-plan shortfallsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Private employers that still offer traditional pension plans are getting a big shock as they assess how much more it will cost to shoulder retirement obligations.
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Greensfork Township State Bank to acquire local startup that failed to live up to high hopesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Cory Schouten
A rural Indiana bank that specializes in farm lending has agreed to buy Symphony Bank for less than the ambitious startup spent to build its extravagant branch on 96th Street.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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