Investing

SKARBECK: For numerous banks, times still troubling

August 24, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Every Friday after the markets have closed, my e-mail starts getting dinged by the FDIC. That is when the government agency publicly announces the names of banks that failed during the past week.
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Biglari consolidates power, as Steak n Shake reboundsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Texas investor running the chain doesn't seem like such a champion of transparency these days.

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Locals settle First Indiana insider-trading case

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Securities and Exchange Commission said today that it has settled insider-trading charges against three local residents who bought shares in First Indiana Corp. immediately before the July 9, 2007, announcement that it was being acquired by a Milwaukee bank for a 42-percent premium.
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Schrenker faces nine more charges in Indiana

August 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An Indiana money manager scheduled to be sentenced today in Florida on charges he deliberately crashed his plane to fake his death and flee financial ruin now faces more charges in his home state.
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SKARBECK: Tax-haven crackdown starts getting serious

August 10, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
If you never got around to opening that Swiss bank account, you might want to wait a bit longer—at least until after Sept. 23. That is the date the IRS has set for any tax-evading American to come forward regarding 52,000 accounts held at Swiss banking giant UBS under a Voluntary Disclosure program.
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Large HHGregg investor ups stake, surprising analystsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. shares have enjoyed a spectacular runup this year. But the company’s biggest shareholder is making a huge bet that the good times are only beginning.
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INVESTING: High-frequency trading comes under scrutinyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
A developing case of technology theft has shed light on the proprietary systems Goldman Sachs and other investment firms use to make millions of dollars. A 39-year-old former employee at Goldman has been accused of stealing computer code used in the company’s high-frequency trading system.
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SKARBECK: More reforms sought for target-date fundsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Target-date mutual funds, a popular investment vehicle in 401(k) plans and college savings plans, have recently come under scrutiny by Congress and regulators. Investors are in an uproar over the recent poor performance of funds nearing their target date.
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Retirement plans changing as employers cut costs, workers crave stabilityRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Last fall's Wall Street meltdown, which erased half the value of some 401(k) retirement plans, has both employers and employees re-examining what to expect long term.
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Led by educators instead of investment specialists, state teachers fund fell into $67M holeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
J.K. Wall
The people overseeing the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust had no background in investments or insurance, likely leaving them ill-equipped to grasp the ever-larger amounts of complicated investments the trust was buying.
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NEA takeover humbles once-mighty ISTA

May 20, 2009
Greg Andrews
The National Education Association said today that it is taking over its Indiana affiliate, a stunning comeuppance for what long had been one of the most powerful union forces in the state.
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Lilly Endowment has made few changes despite massive fall in valueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly Endowment lost 26 percent of its value in 2008, falling from $7.7 billion to $5.7 billion. What's different about the Indianapolis-based endowment is that its most recent loss caps a downward slide that's lasted eight years.
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Top investment minds weigh in on erratic marketRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
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Data can be deceiving when the economy slowsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Investors today are dealing with a variety of calculation problems when attempting to determine if stocks are attractive values. Some of the more common ratios and statistical measures that investors regularly employ to value businesses become skewed in an economic downturn.
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Complex bond schemes haunt Indy, other citiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The city is just beginning to digest the news that came out of left field regarding Indianapolis Water Co.'s bond transaction gone wild.
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Conseco's Prieur, others suffering steep losses on purchase of sharesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Conseco CEO Jim Prieur keeps putting his money where his mouth is, purchasing more than a half-million shares of his company's stock over two years.
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Beyond being a great investor, Buffett writes wittily and wellRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
One of the greatest investors of all time, Warren Buffett is always refreshingly candid and informative in his letters to investors, and 2008's 21-page missive is no exception.
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Foreclosure investors shift to buy-and-hold strategyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Instead of buying and selling, investors with ready cash are buying houses at substantial markdowns, turning them into rental properties and sitting tight until the market improves.
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Shareholders must hold fiduciaries' feet to the fireRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The economic downturn has provided shareholders an opportunity to press for change on a variety of corporate governance issues.
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Banking system's history should help ease fearsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Since people must have confidence in the financial system for it to function properly, it is incumbent upon our leaders to take action and assure the people their money is safe.
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Investment losses leave Conseco searching for $400M in horrible environment to raise capitalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
J.K. Wall
Without fresh capital â?? or loosened debt obligations â?? Carmel-based Conseco could find itself in bankruptcy or looking for a buyer or both.
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Medical, tech entrepreneurs launch matchmaking effort in life sciencesRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Three entrepreneurs from the medical and software realms are herding angels to invest in upstart life sciences companies in Indiana.
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529 Plans remain solid vehicleRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Indiana's CollegeChoice 529 Plans offer a number of great investment options to save for children's college costs.
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PERF confusionRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
I am not at all sure that a merger of two public pension plans is not a good idea, possibly just not under current investment management auspices.
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Look beyond emotions when investingRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As Ben Graham said in his Mr. Market allegory: "The market is there to serve you, not guide you."
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