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Report: Angie's List hires bankers to explore sale

September 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Financial Times said the Indianapolis consumer-review company already has had conversations with prospective buyers but "is not wedded to selling itself."
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Local money manager settles proxy fight, wins board seat

September 23, 2014
Greg Andrews
Carmel investment firm JWEST LLC ended up with one board seat, rather than the two it sought, but also got Rand Logistics to agree to a range of governance reforms.
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LDI acquisition could be latest springboard for growth

September 23, 2014
Jeff Newman
Indianapolis-based private investment company LDI Ltd. has acquired a small biotech manufacturer in a deal it says could be the launching point for many more acquisitions.
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Indiana pension fund assets grow to record high

September 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's pension fund for public employees and teachers has grown to a record high of $30.2 billion in assets thanks to "a great year" of returns on its investments, the fund's leader says.
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New Indiana Toll Road operator due amid bankruptcy

September 21, 2014
Associated Press
The debt-ridden private company running the Indiana Toll Road intends to transfer its operations to a new entity under a bankruptcy filing planned for Monday.
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Accolades all around as Allison owners exit

September 20, 2014
Greg Andrews
Private equity firms Carlyle Group and Onex Group fared well on their purchase of Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission, with the $763 million each put into the 2007 deal more than tripling in value.
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Examiner appointed in HDG Mansur bankruptcy case

September 18, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
An examiner will be appointed to conduct an investigation into the bankruptcies of two affiliates of troubled Indianapolis-based developer HDG Mansur. A judge, for the time being, denied a request to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee or convert the case to a liquidation in Chapter 7.
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Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The Fed said it planned to keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control, until it sees consistent gains in wage growth, long-term unemployment and other gauges of the job market.
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Liquidation not needed, developer HDG Mansur tells court

September 15, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Two affiliates of troubled Indianapolis-based developer HDG Mansur oppose requests to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee or convert the case to a liquidation in Chapter 7, saying significant progress has been made toward a plan and global settlement of claims.
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Crowdfunding site Localstake sees surge in deals

September 13, 2014
Jared Council
The seven-employee Indianapolis firm launched in June 2013, raising funds for two companies in its first six months. Over the following eight months, it brokered funding for eight companies and has eight in queue.
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Pete the Planner uses humor, straight talk to become media sensation

September 13, 2014
Sam Stall
Peter Dunn, a prolific tweeter who appears on broadcast outlets as well as in The Indianapolis Star, hopes the release of six books in January further builds his profile.
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Local pair wages battle against Manhattan financier

September 13, 2014
Greg Andrews
Jonathan Evans and Sean O’Connor of the Carmel investment firm JWEST LLC are trying to win election to the board of Rand Logistics, which they believe is being mismanaged by Chairman Laurence Levy.
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Local lawyer among first to accept Bitcoin for services

September 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Intellectual property attorney Paul Overhauser's clients are often on the cutting edge of Internet technology, so he decided that in addition to dollars, he'll take digital dough.
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Repayments to church scam investors wrapping up

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The last refund checks to devout investors who lost millions in what amounted to a religious Ponzi scheme are ready to be mailed after being tied up in court for nearly a decade.
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Smarter Remarketer gets $7M in fundingRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Smarter Remarketer, an Indianapolis-based retail technology firm, said Aug. 27 that it has lined up $7 million in venture debt financing from Los Angeles-based City National Bank.
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S&P 500 sets all-time high in intraday trading

August 25, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The index breached the 2,000-point barrier soon after markets opened on Monday, nearly hitting 2002 points around noon. The Dow also was near its high watermark.
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A love story with Christ Church takes contentious turn

August 23, 2014
Greg Andrews
This is far from the first time that heirs and beneficiaries of the Lilly family fortune have tangled over how it was managed.
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Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
The perilous question that now awaits Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve has put investors on nervous alert: Can it manage to raise rates from record lows without weakening the U.S. economy or spooking markets?
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Inventor to try crowdfunding to launch cycling product

August 20, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An Indiana inventor plans to use the power of the people—and the World Wide Web—to secure funds to produce prototypes for the Land Zeppelin, an apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet.
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Local man faces 20 investment-related felony counts

August 13, 2014
Jeff Newman
Robert E. Wilson, 54, who operated locally based Wellington Institutional Management LCC, was charged in Marion County Court with 10 counts of securities fraud and 10 counts of being an unregistered broker-dealer.
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Church accuses JPMorgan of mismanagement, self-dealing

August 13, 2014
Cory Schouten
Christ Church Cathedral has filed a federal lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, alleging the bank's "intentional mismanagement" and "self-dealing" led to $13 million in losses in church trust accounts endowed in the 1970s by Eli Lilly Jr.
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New Simon VC arm making bets on retail technology

August 9, 2014
Greg Andrews
The newly formed Simon Venture Group is betting millions of dollars on nascent technology companies that hope to reshape retailing.
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Skarbeck: Pension funds rethinking zeal for hedge fund betsRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest public pension fund in the United States, recently announced it would reduce its hedge fund investments by a dramatic 40 percent.
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Not so golden: Wealth gap lasting into retirement

August 4, 2014
Associated Press
With traditional pensions becoming rarer in the private sector, and lower-paid workers less likely to have access to an employer-provided retirement plan, there is a growing gulf in the retirement savings of the wealthy and people with lower incomes.
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Investor reimbursement fund off to slow start

August 2, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Time required for investigations, prosecutions caused delays.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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