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HHGregg throws lifeline to employees with underwater optionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Greg Andrews
The company this month filed papers gave option holders the right to exchange their current holdings for new options with an exercise price set at the current market price.
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Indiana pension shifts to international bondsRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
The Indiana Public Retirement System recently issued a request for proposals from international fixed-income managers and received 16 responses by the April 5 deadline. The $27.1 billion retirement system will hire two managers to oversee $900 million.
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Lilly pulls back from proposals lowering takeover barriersRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Greg Andrews
Fortunately, a Lilly takeover looks less likely today than it has in a long time—for both obvious and more subtle reasons.
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First Internet Bancorp jumps into dividend gameRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
The parent of First Internet Bank late last month declared a dividend of 6 cents per common share payable April 15 to shareholders of record April 1.
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Carmel financial adviser accused of using faith to prey on victims

April 1, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana man banned from selling investments faces 10 securities fraud counts for allegedly using shared Christian beliefs to dupe clients out of more than $580,000.
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S&P 500 closes with record high, beating 2007 mark

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
For the second time in less than a month, the stock market marched past another milepost on its long, turbulent journey back from the Great Recession.
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Bonuses drive up compensation for Lilly's top brass

March 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. granted larger bonuses to its top five executives early this year, which boosted their 2012 compensation anywhere from 3 percent to 8 percent.
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Steak n Shake’s value menu isn’t all that looks cheapRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
Investors may be undervaluing Biglari Holdings Inc., which owns Steak n Shake outright and holds 20 percent of Cracker Barrel.
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Fortune can't explain 'significant and unusual' stock swing

March 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
Fortune Industries Inc. shares on Monday jumped as much as 285 percent from Friday’s closing price. The New York Stock Exchange found the move and an intense spike in trading volume so odd that it asked the company for answers.
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Judge says bank can pursue suit against broker

March 15, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge granted Peoples Bank a victory Thursday by ruling that it can sue Stifel Nicolaus & Co. on its claims that the broker violated the Indiana Securities Act and committed fraud.
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Indiana mutual fund ranked No. 1 by Lipper

March 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Kirr Marbach & Co., one of the state's few home-grown mutual funds, has been honored by Lipper Inc. for having the best multi-cap core fund out of 647 funds over a three-year period.
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Indiana officials warn investors about British firm

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The secretary of state's office is cautioning investors about a company that promises low risks and high returns but isn't registered to sell securities in Indiana.
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MH Equity portfolio firm plans liquidation

March 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
What was once Indianapolis-based MH Private Equity's most valuable portfolio company is going bankrupt. Entertainment Publications LLC, which produces fundraiser coupon books, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Tuesday.
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Menard ousts Hilbert from investment firm

March 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Steve Hilbert has been ousted as CEO of Indianapolis-based MH Private Equity after a bitter battle with John Menard, the hardware store king who financed the $500 million private equity firm.
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Dow record doesn't impress Wall Street workers

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
There were no signs of a celebration on Wall Street after the Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high Tuesday. Maybe the memories of the financial meltdown are too fresh, or outlook for the economy is too uncertain.
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Dow Jones industrial average closes at record

March 5, 2013
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record Tuesday, beating the previous high it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and the Great Recession.
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Lampoon: Durham used $1M from company to pay attorney

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Film company once headed by Indianapolis financier Tim Durham says he transferred $1 million to his Indianapolis lawyer, John Tompkins, while fighting federal securities fraud charges.
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Carlyle to manage $150M investment fund for Indiana

March 4, 2013
Bloomberg News
Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group LP, the world’s second-biggest private-equity firm, was awarded a contract to manage a new $150 million investment fund on behalf of the Indiana Public Retirement System.
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KAR Auction Services announces secondary offering

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
KAR Auction Services Inc. said Monday that there will be a secondary offering of 13 million shares of its common stock.
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Carmel family members accused of securities fraud

February 26, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indiana securities division accuses Charles Blackwelder, Chad Blackwelder and Cara Grumme of defrauding elderly investors in a scheme to sell ownership interests in rental properties.
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Critics of WellPoint choice may not be easily swayedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's way too early to declare the board dysfunctional for making a surprise choice—Joe Swedish, CEO of Michigan-based hospital system Trinity Health—for the company’s new CEO.
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Market's surge fuels wave of executives' insider sellingRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Insiders at Indianapolis-area companies cashed in millions of dollars of their own companies’ shares this month, a selling spree that might reflect growing sentiment the market rally is ending.
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UPDATE: First Internet slips 2.5 percent in debut on NASDAQ

February 22, 2013
Shares of the Indianapolis-based bank finished their first day on the NASDAQ exchange at $28.50, a 75-cent drop from their opening price. The stock had been listed on the thinly traded over-the-counter market.
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Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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Indiana tries to close loophole that helped Durham commit fraud in OhioRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
The legislature is considering a bill that would require intrastate securities offerings to file audited financials, a safeguard that caused trouble for Fair Finance investors.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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