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State economy finally gaining tractionRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Leading indicators for Indiana's economy are looking up: Banks are increasing lending, real estate developers are pulling the trigger on long-shelved projects, manufacturers are expanding, and consumers are even buying big-ticket items, including automobiles.
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New-home construction off to mild start

February 23, 2012
Scott Olson
Building permits filed in the nine-county Indianapolis metropolitan area totaled 194 in January, a 2-percent dip from the same time last year. But industry leaders are cautiously optimistic.
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Economy could lift drug, device firms

February 20, 2012
J.K. Wall
The U.S. economy is showing signs of bouncing back and, if it does, look for drugmakers and medical-device companies to benefit. But if the economy has another summer stall like last year, expect health insurers to benefit.
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U.S. jobless rate falls as employers add 200,000 jobs

January 6, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009.
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State's economy still stuck in neutral

December 24, 2011
The year started with a sense that slowly—not fast enough for anyone’s liking—but steadily, Indiana’s economy was coming back. But then a spike in gas prices and the never-ending sovereign debt crisis in Europe created a summer of setbacks.
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Indiana jobless rate stays at 9 percent

December 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The state’s unemployment rate held steady in November at a seasonally adjusted 9 percent, slightly higher than the overall U.S. rate that dropped to 8.6 percent, the state’s Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday morning.
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Unemployment aid applications drop to 9-month low

December 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers added a net total of 120,000 jobs last month. The economy has generated 100,000 or more jobs five months in a row — the first time that has happened since April 2006.
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Third-quarter economic growth revised downward

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 2 percent in the July-September quarter, lower than an initial 2.5-percent estimate made last month. The government also said after-tax incomes fell by the largest amount in two years.
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IU experts: Economy to stay 'lousy' in 2012

November 3, 2011
Economists from the Kelley School of Business predict the national economy will grow a modest 2.5 percent to 3 percent next year, while unemployment will remain high.
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Economy grew 2.5 percent in third quarter

October 27, 2011
Associated Press
Buoyed by a resurgent consumer and strong business investment, the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter. The modest expansion followed anemic growth in the first half of the year
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Riley doctor on quest to quell class warfareRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Riley Hospital for Children doctor is launching a training center for a national anti-poverty program called Circles, which matches poor people with middle-class “allies.” The idea is that people find their own way out of poverty by expanding their personal networks to include the middle class.
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Strategist: Uncertainty still holding back U.S. economy

October 21, 2011
Scott Olson
2012 Augustine forecastIn order to get the U.S. economy to grow at a respectable 3-percent annual rate, the government needs to get a grip on the debt crisis while corporations needs to start spending the money they've stockpiled.
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Economy grew at weak 1.3-percent rate in 2nd quarter

September 29, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. economy grew slightly faster in the spring than previously estimated but remained dangerously weak in the face of high unemployment and higher gas prices.
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Unemployment benefit requests jump again

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months, another sign that the job market remains depressed.
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U.S. consumer confidence falls to 2-year low

August 30, 2011
Associated Press
Stocks fell Tuesday morning after consumer confidence dropped to the lowest level since April 2009. Retailers and other companies that depend on consumer spending had the steepest losses.
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This year's metro area job losses deeper than in peer citiesRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
As the national economy sputters, the Indianapolis area is losing jobs faster than its peers, falling to levels not seen since 2002.
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Economy still tough, but a few Hoosier industries on upswingRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Two years into the economic recovery, bright spots in the Indiana job market are still hard to find. The insurance industry is one of the few glimmers of light on Indiana’s horizon. Others include engine makers, nursing homes and temp agencies.
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State's unemployment rate rises to 8.5 percent

August 19, 2011
Indiana's jobless rate moved up from 8.3 percent in June. The rate had held steady at 8.2 percent the previous two months.
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MORRIS: D.C. crowd making economic matters worseRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Greg Morris
I’m struggling with moving on from recent events, after losing about 15 percent of value in my equity investments in 11 business days. I’m angry. I’m really angry.
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HICKS: Investors downgrade Standard & Poor's political ployRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Mike Hicks
There are many reasons to believe the second half of the year will bring a faster-growing economy.
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Unemployment aid applications fall to 4-month low

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market may be improving again slowly after a recent slump.
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Local stocks pummeled in global sell-off

August 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Stock prices of the dozen largest public companies in the Indianapolis area all tumbled Monday morning as a Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt spooked investors worldwide.
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Stocks turn lower as optimism about jobs fades

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Stocks rebounded Friday on a report that the U.S. added more jobs than expected during July, but quickly retreated.
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U.S. jobless rate dips as economy adds 117,000 jobs

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.
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Economy growing at slowest pace since recession

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The economy expanded at a meager 1.3-percent annual rate in the spring after scarcely growing at all in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. The combined growth for the first six months of the year was the weakest since the recession ended two years ago.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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