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Tiny bank claims Stifel Nicolaus duped it on securities

January 10, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Peoples State Bank of Ellettsville says it was duped three years ago into investing more than $13 million into auction-rate securities just before those markets froze up. Now it's suing its broker, Stifel Nicolaus & Co., to get the money back.
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Developer who drew friends into Ponzi reaches $1M dealRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Greg Andrews
Sydney "Jack" Williams, founder of Williams Realty Group, recruited dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to invest in a Florida business that turned out to be a giant fraud.
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Indiana-based mutual funds stage comeback

January 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Funds ride resurgent market after taking a beating in the financial crisis.
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Money flowing to international marketsRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Sam Brattain
Booming growth, rising middle classes are attracting investors.
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Real estate startup hopes to raise millions in stock offering

December 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
A group of local entrepreneurs has filed plans with with the SEC to raise as much as $306 million to buy real estate assets in a so-called "blind pool" stock offering.
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Baby boomers near 65 with retirements in jeopardy

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, but many are facing a personal finance disaster just as they're hoping to retire.
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Sound Mind launches its third mutual fund

December 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday approved the Sound Mind Balanced Fund, a Columbus, Ind.-based mutual fund that aims to cater to conservative investors.
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Centerfield invests in California company

December 22, 2010
Centerfield Capital Partners' investment in Fresh Food Concepts Inc. is the 12th deal from the local venture capital firm's second fund.
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Insurer for Durham firm to settle suits for $5.5M

December 20, 2010
Greg Andrews
The agreement allows embattled financier Tim Durham to remain on the board of CLST Holdings, but mandates he step down as chairman and not vote on any matter unless doing so would make the board unanimous.
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Naysayers place big bet HHGregg will stumbleRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
Traditional analysts are high on the electronics retailer, but short-sellers, those who profit when a stock falls instead of rises, couldn't disagree more.
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SKARBECK: Brokerage soft costs under tighter scrutinyRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Many investment firms, hedge funds and mutual funds participate in this less-than-desirable industry practice.
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Indiana church financier gets 54 years for Ponzi scheme

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
A judge sentenced 66-year-old Vaughn Reeves to 54 years in prison during a court hearing Tuesday in Sullivan. A jury convicted him in October on nine counts of securities fraud.
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Local firm set to launch two more mutual funds

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Founded in 2005, The Archer Funds will now have three mutual funds to offer clients. It is among just a handful of locally based firms that markets its own mutual funds.
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Menard lawsuit entangles businessmen Hilbert, Dick

December 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Former Conseco executives Steve Hilbert and Rollin Dick are caught in a bitter legal battle between billionaire hardware king John Menard and his ex-fiancee.
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Celebrity lawyer Roy Black tapped in Durham criminal probe

November 27, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham says he’s ruined financially, but he’s not cutting corners lining up legal firepower to defend himself. Durham has hired famed criminal defense attorney Roy Black of Miami, lawyers representing the Indianapolis financier in civil litigation confirmed.
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SKARBECK: GM's return to market not your usual IPORestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
This unusual taxpayer-owned IPO did create some interesting conflicts.
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COAN: Stocks will get worse before they get better

November 20, 2010
Paul Coan
Looking at the final years of the Great Depression tells me that next year might not be so kind to investors.
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Indianapolis investment adviser Gene Tanner in it for the long haulRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Norm Heikens
At 78, L. Gene Tanner is one of the longest-serving investment advisers working in Indianapolis. Tanner spoke with IBJ's Norm Heikens about why he shifted to City Securities, his brush with convicted Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff, and how his investment strategy has changed.
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Gold is booming, but for how long?Restricted Content

November 20, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Experts are split over whether runup in precious metal is a classic bubble.
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PRINCE: Why iPad could save investment firms money

November 20, 2010
Douglas Prince
The device is projected to save Prince Group office at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. more than $3,000 in paper alone.
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HAUKE: Fed pulling out all stops to keep inflation downRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants the entire world to believe that the United States is in a deflationary economic cycle and, therefore, the drastic, insane steps he is taking are justified.
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Home Loan Bank sues over losses on $3B mortgage portfolio

November 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis is suing some of the nation’s largest financial institutions to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
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Bankruptcy trustee sues Durham art bidders

November 18, 2010
Jim Mackinnon / Akron Beacon Journal
A Florida art dealer who successfully bid more than $260,000 on artwork that once belonged to Fair Finance Co. co-owner Timothy Durham says he canceled the sale. Now he and another big bidder from Philadelphia are being sued by Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee Brian Bash for nonpayment.
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SKARBECK: Benchmarks helpful, but have their problemsRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Benchmarking has exploded with the industry’s propensity to slice and dice and categorize every segment of the overall investment pie.
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Angie’s List attracts $2.5M infusion

November 11, 2010
The investment is from a San Francisco-based firm and follows a $22.5 million investment the company received in October from multiple investors.
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