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'Local' firm played role in alleged pump-and-dump schemeRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Chris O'Malley
An investor-relations firm founded by an Indianapolis native allegedly helped insiders of a biotech firm to hype its stock on financial sites, then sell their own shares on the bump.
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Kirr Marbach fund wins top Lipper recognitionRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Columbus, Ind.-based Kirr Marbach & Co. LLC is furthering its reputation for smart stock picking among the nation’s investment advisers.
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Bill opens door to crowdfunding investments for businesses

March 19, 2014
Dan Human
Privately owned businesses in Indiana will be able to raise investments online as part of a bill on the way to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.
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Companies, including WellPoint, use buybacks to boost stock

March 11, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Companies have been spending big on buybacks since the 1990s. What's new is the way buybacks have exaggerated the health of many companies.
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A strong February wipes out market's January loss

March 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 4.3 percent in February, the biggest gain since October 2013, helped by strong corporate earnings and a Federal Reserve that seems to have Wall Street's back at every turn.
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Can oil refiner Calumet keep dividend gushing?Restricted Content

March 1, 2014
Greg Andrews
The decline in the stock price has pushed the dividend yield ever-higher, with Calumet now boasting the 18th-largest yield among the more than 3,000 companies that trade on NASDAQ.
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Savings account rates in Indiana among lowest in nation

February 12, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The study by GoBankingRates.com finds that the average return on savings at Indiana banks is 0.056 percent. However, the average for Indianapolis-area banks was considerably higher.
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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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Church scam investors may be repaid by end of 2014

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Receiver Michael Rusnak said he hopes to finish repaying investors who lost money in the Alanar scam by the end of the year.
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CloudOne nabs $2.8 million in venture capital

February 10, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based technology firm has landed more than $7 million in venture capital since it was founded in 2009.
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Charles Schwab may move jobs from California to Indiana

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Charles Schwab Corp. said Thursday it is planning to move about 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco over the next three to five years.
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Hendricks County man sentenced for Ponzi scheme

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A Brownsburg businessman will serve two years in prison and 14 years on probation for his role in stealing $1.5 million from 24 investors in Johnson and Hendricks Counties, as well as Colorado.
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Investors seek payoff from Indiana oil wells that big players ignore

January 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Indiana is experiencing a mini oil-boom, thanks to some big producers, but some small, private investors are also in on the game, through Indianapolis-based Midwest Energy Partners, formed four years ago by former CountryMark executive Bill Herrick.
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Investment firm ties crowd-funding to traditional fundraisingRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Dan Human
The online investing marketplace Localstake brokered a little more than $1 million in private investments for an Indiana distillery and a solar-heating startup in 2013, through crowd-funding. Instead of receiving a T-shirt or other novelty for their money, as with typical crowd funding, contributors received an actual stake in the business.
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Benchmark stock indexes suffer worst week since 2012

January 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index retreated 2.1 percent Friday, to 1,790.31, to close at  its lowest level since Dec. 17. The benchmark index declined 2.6 percent this week. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 3.5 percent this week.
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Bill would keep state's annuity system in-house

January 24, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
The Indiana House is set to consider legislation that will prevent the state from privatizing one part of public employee and teacher retirement funds.
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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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Indy-based website for coaches scores key VC investment

January 16, 2014
Dan Human
The startup operating from SoBro plans to expand its market with the cash infusion, connecting athletes and teams to qualified coaches.
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Committee considers but doesn’t vote on new VC tax credit

January 13, 2014
Senate Bill 165, authored by Republican Sen. Randy Head of Logansport, would distribute up to $10 million in tax credits to venture capital firms investing in Indiana businesses.
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Cash-strapped Fair Finance CFO agrees to $50M settlementRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Greg Andrews
An attorney for Rick Snow says the executive agreed to the deal because he lacked the money to fight the suit, not because he actually has the money.
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Corn pile biggest since 1994 as crop overwhelms use

January 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Stockpiles of corn in the United States, the world’s top grower, are rising at the fastest pace in 19 years as a record crop overwhelms increased demand for the grain used to make livestock feed and ethanol.
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Lawmakers consider state-assisted retirement plan

January 8, 2014
Amanda Creech, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 66 creates a state-assisted savings plan for retirement. The bill is opposed by the Association of Indiana Life Insurance Companies.
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Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
Janet Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Recession and the Fed's efforts to combat it.
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Indianapolis-based hedge funds subject to market forces, too

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Five years after the crash, the luster of hedge funds isn't what it used to be.
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Investment manager sees good growth prospects for 2014

January 4, 2014
Norm Heikens
Tom Pence predicts change for U.S. manufacturing.
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