Bonds

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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Yellen to investors: Expect continuity at the Fed

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will support the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.
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Five questions: Indiana treasurer ponders course for yield rise

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Richard Mourdock, a 62-year-old geologist and former coal-mining exec in his second term as Indiana treasurer, discusses his approach to managing $7 billion in state funds.
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Investors await Fed's decision on bond purchases

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
But most economists think that when the Fed's latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, it will announce that it's maintaining its pace of $85 billion a month in bond purchases.
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Indiana maintains all three of its AAA credit ratings

December 6, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana has held AAA ratings – the highest available – with Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch Ratings since April of 2010.
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Moody's lowers Citizens' credit ratings on $2.6B in bonds

October 8, 2013
Dan Human
The credit rating service has stuck with a “stable” outlook for Citizens’ ability to repay its debts. But an Oct. 3 report cites concerns across all the operations at the Indianapolis-based utility.
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After tough August, investors face scary September

September 2, 2013
Associated Press
September is traditionally the stock market's worst month of the year, but there are several unique events in store over the next few weeks that could make trading even more turbulent.
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State pension fund's performance falls short of targetRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
With more money in bonds than in publicly traded stocks, Indiana’s $27.1 billion pension fund took a beating in the Bernanke sell-off and closed the fiscal year short of its targeted return.
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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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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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Issuers of bonds burned by rate hikeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Government entities across Indiana have spent the past two years refinancing every possible bond to take advantage of historically low rates, but the savings might not be so easy to come by if rates continue to rise.
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Investment strategists confront shrinking interest ratesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
You know the investing climate is unusual when a stock’s dividend yields more than bonds issued by the same company.
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Carmel project dogged by conflict questionsRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
An executive ousted from the firm developing The Barrington in Carmel alleges that the $142 million retirement-community project was driven by conflicts of interest.
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TIF expert is adviser to many municipalitiesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Scott Olson
Loren Matthes helped broker first tax-increment financing deal in the state
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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Bond banks in Indiana, other states boost sales

November 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
State municipal-bond banks in Indiana, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire plan to issue about $190 million in debt this week, as smaller communities seek to take advantage of 10-year interest rates near a six-week low.
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CIB approves refinancing Conseco, dome bondsRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The move is expected to save $8 million to $9 million over the life of the bonds.
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IU Health readies bond sale

April 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based hospital system plans to sell $228.2 million in bonds this week to refinance existing debt and pay to finish construction of its Saxony hospital in Fishers, set to open late this year.
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Investor rates bond for Palladium among nation's best

April 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Municipal bond manager Josh Gonze of Thornburg Investment Management in Santa Fe, N.M., picked the $80 million bond on Carmel's Palladium concert hall as one of the six best in the nation.
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City sells North of South bonds, locks in 5.2-percent rate

April 2, 2011
The city of Indianapolis went to the bond market last month to sell $97 million in debt for the $155 million North of South hotel and retail project near the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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SKARBECK: Fed's monetary policies drag down bond returnsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Inflation is a sinister sort of tax that confiscates wealth. Bonds will lose value in an inflationary environment as interest rates rise.
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Lawmakers eye bonds for debt reliefRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers are exploring the idea of paying back more than $2 billion in federal debt for unemployment insurance by issuing tax-exempt bonds.
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Bond wariness might make it tough for cities to borrowRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Interest rates on municipal bonds have ticked up in the last two months to pre-recession levels as investors have pulled their money from bond funds in droves. That pattern has begun, gradually, to reverse, but the higher rates could add to the cost of issuing debt for pending city projects.
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Fitch gives ‘A’ rating to Indiana Historical Society

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A strong balance sheet, experienced management, and conservative debt and investment policies contributed to the strong rating.
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Bond swaps cost city units $93M in penalties

July 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.
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