Economy

Voice-mail firm's latest product helps clients collect overdue debtsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Scott Olson
A growing number of companies strapped for cash and struggling to pay their bills on time is presenting an unusual opportunity for Vontoo Inc., a local IT firm.
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Communities making tough choices will be better offRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
During the coming weeks, a number of Indiana cities and counties will be coming to terms with their new budget realities.
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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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Billions lost in state pension-fund falloutRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's public pensions lost $5 billion in the 12 months ending Sept. 30.
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Central Indiana colleges on alert to slow spendingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
J.K. Wall
Most colleges and universities in central Indiana are being especially frugal because the value of their university endowments has plunged along with the market,donations may decrease, and enrollment may decline, due to lack of student loan availability.
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Automotive Finance Corp. writes off $162 million, reflecting slow auto salesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Slowing auto sales have forced Carmel-based Automotive Finance Corp., which lends money to car dealers to buy used vehicles at auction, to take a big write-off on the declining value of its loan portfolio.
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Fishers tables $100M developmentRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
An Ohio developer and the town of Fishers have agreed to cancel a 2007 development agreement that called for a $100-million mixed-use project featuring 250,000 square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of office.
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Budget cuts threaten local economic data analysisRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Budget cuts could eliminate programs that gather and analyze local and state economic data. This would hurt businesses and economic development officials, since they would not have the data that helps them see how their market differs from the state and the nation.
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Emmis struggling to stay in good stead with lendersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. struggles to contain expenses and minimize debts due to radio advertising shortfalls.
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Here are tips for small biz survival during recessionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mickey Maurer
For small businesses to survive, they must be prepared to withstand economic difficulties for some time...
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Fed's TARP changes adding to anxietiesRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
Experts with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the government's financial bailout program, are struggling to figure out how best to relieve America's financial mess.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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Economists research, analyze trendsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Mike Hicks
Most economists spend some time teaching, but the vast majority of our time is spent doing research.
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Indiana CEOs are cautious during financial mayhemRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Greg Andrews

CEOs with Simon Property, Duke Realty Corp. and Interactive Intelligence Inc. report that their companies are taking an uncharacteristically cautious approach to acquisitions and investments, given the faltering economy.

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Architects and business leaders must work together to prudently maintain, build quality buildingsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Don Altemeyer
Especially during a recession, architects need to build strategies to reach new and existing clients and provide them cost-effective design and construction options.
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DBSI, an Idaho company with Indiana properties, faces class-action suitRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Cory Schouten

DBSI, an Idaho real estate firm with 250 properties worth $2 billion faces a class-action suit. Some of its properties and investors are in Indianapolis.

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Bailout helping PNC take over NatCityRestricted Content

November 3, 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. The $5.6 billion deal raises questions about the government's growing involvement in banking.
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Lending, deposits increase at credit unions despite subpar economyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Cory Schouten
While many banks were getting drunk on loose lending in the last few years, most credit unions stuck to conservative lending and other plain-vanilla banking practices.
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After record election revenues, TV ad income may hit 10-year lowRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
With the economic swoon and no political ad campaigns in 2009, TV ad revenue could hit a 10-year low next year.
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Market plunge makes investments in good firms a bargainRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
The stock market rout that began in September and picked up steam in October has taken some quality companies to prices that are the cheapest they have been in decades.
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Local startup offers 'virtual' resume managementRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
In September, Jeff Bockelman launched CareerScribe LLC, a local Web forum where users can "virtually" manage their resumes.
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Hospitals suffer from spiking bond interest rates, investment lossesRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-area hospitals have suffered a double whammy of spiking interest rates on their bonds and heavy losses in their investment portfolios and are trying to save cash any way they can.
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City prepares to compete for mega-conventions, risks losing small eventsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Over the years, the city has made a name for itself by hosting a handful of large conventions and a bevy of small and midsize gatherings.  But as companies and other organizations tighten their belts, the number of conventions held nationwide is expected to shrink in the months ahead.

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BEHIND THE NEWS: Plunge takes bloom off investing stars-at least for nowRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Greg Andrews
You think the recent stock-market gyrations have been g u t - w r e n c h i n g ? Imagine if you're responsible not just for your own money, but for millions of dollars others have entrusted to you. That's the reality for Indiana's professional money managers, who collectively oversee billions of dollars. In good times, top-performing managers of mutual funds and individual accounts are treated like heroes, heralded with features in Barron's or appearances on CNBC....
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Benefits to buying or leasing in a troubled economyRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Keith R.
As real estate professionals well know, a troubled economy is making it harder to negotiate and close deals. However, buying or leasing real estate in a troubled economy also provides great opportunities for buyers and tenants. Real estate brokers often talk about it being a buyer's and renter's market and focus on selection and price; however, there are several other benefits when buying or leasing commercial real estate in a troubled economy. These additional benefits include tax abatements or credits...
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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