Banking & Finance

Recession has a domino effect on venture capitalRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Call it a trickle-down effect, but not the kind President Reagan would have liked. The recession has cost most institutional investors, such as university endowments, about a quarter of their value. As a result, venture capitalists' primary source of funding has dried up. The implications for Hoosier entrepreneurship are stark.
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Complex bond schemes haunt Indy, other citiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The city is just beginning to digest the news that came out of left field regarding Indianapolis Water Co.'s bond transaction gone wild.
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White River Capital negotiating new terms for its First Chicago Bancorp mergerRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a March 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded White River revealed it's postponed its merger with First Chicago Bancorp, and now is negotiating new terms.
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Conseco's Prieur, others suffering steep losses on purchase of sharesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Conseco CEO Jim Prieur keeps putting his money where his mouth is, purchasing more than a half-million shares of his company's stock over two years.
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Stem cell discovery promises health care revolutionRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bloomberg News
Scientists are using a new stem-cell technique that may someday revolutionize care for disorders as diverse as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and muscular dystrophy.
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Commuting shifts $87 billion in IndianaRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Morton Marcus
Fully 40 of Indiana's 92 counties derived more than half of their earnings from commuters bringing back their compensation from somewhere else.
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Foreclosure investors shift to buy-and-hold strategyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Instead of buying and selling, investors with ready cash are buying houses at substantial markdowns, turning them into rental properties and sitting tight until the market improves.
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Shareholders must hold fiduciaries' feet to the fireRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The economic downturn has provided shareholders an opportunity to press for change on a variety of corporate governance issues.
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Auction-rate securities suit names Stifel's Cohen, othersRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Among defendants named in a Missouri lawsuit against investment firm Stifel Nicolaus and Co. is Stifel Managing Director Jeffrey Cohen, who is based in the company's Indianapolis office.
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Avoid temptation to delay property tax paymentsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Jean Wojtowicz
If you are late in making property tax payments, begin to chip away at your bill by making weekly payments.
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Dow tightens grip on prized Indianapolis unitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Locally based Dow AgroSciences, one of Indianapolis' top employers, may not be going on the sale block after all.
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Financial crisis yields opportunity for local banksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
A national study finds that many community banks continue to prosper.
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Banks fighting heists with shrewd precautions, technology

March 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Crime is not random, according to public safety experts, and bank security strategies focus primarily on deterrence.
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Banking system's history should help ease fearsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Since people must have confidence in the financial system for it to function properly, it is incumbent upon our leaders to take action and assure the people their money is safe.
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Investment losses leave Conseco searching for $400M in horrible environment to raise capitalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
J.K. Wall
Without fresh capital â?? or loosened debt obligations â?? Carmel-based Conseco could find itself in bankruptcy or looking for a buyer or both.
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Medical, tech entrepreneurs launch matchmaking effort in life sciencesRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Three entrepreneurs from the medical and software realms are herding angels to invest in upstart life sciences companies in Indiana.
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529 Plans remain solid vehicleRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Plans offer a number of great investment options to save for children's college costs.
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Venture capital fund launched by up-and-comers buys into Vontoo, Compendium BlogwareRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Several venture capitalists — a generation younger than most in the profession — are establishing themselves in Indianapolis.
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Struggling contractors hope for sale of factoryRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Contractors struggling under the weight of an unfinished factory in Tipton are hoping for a quick sale to recover at least some of the $44 million they say they're owed by Getrag Transmission Manufacturing.
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Pension merger raises questionsRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
We're generally supportive of a plan to merge the state's two largest public pensions in an effort to save money, but it's hard to know exactly what to think considering the lack of detailed information available about the performance of the funds.
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PERF confusionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
I am not at all sure that a merger of two public pension plans is not a good idea, possibly just not under current investment management auspices.
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Look beyond emotions when investingRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As Ben Graham said in his Mr. Market allegory: "The market is there to serve you, not guide you."
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Indiana Public worker, teacher funds have lost $8B in 15 monthsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The state's two biggest pension funds are poised to combine into one Indiana Public Retirement System, with a single executive director and board.
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Geist restaurateur buffeted by financial squalls

March 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
Henri and Shelley Najem, who own The Bella Vita restaurant in Geist, represent the scores of Indiana restaurant operators feeling financial pressure, given the severe economic slump.
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