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Stocks rise as investors wait for a winner

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Major stock-market indexes climbed Tuesday as investors waited for the finish of a closely fought U.S. presidential election.
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Speech recognition technology firm gets cash infusionRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Waveform Communications LLC got its second round of funding for research and development.
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Indianapolis accounting firm settles with Fair Finance trustee

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Somerset CPAs PC will pay $500,000 to settle litigation brought by the bankruptcy trustee of Fair Finance Co., the Ohio-based firm that convicted financier Tim Durham used to conduct a major Ponzi scheme.
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Durham lawyer balks at proposed 225-year sentence

November 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
The attorney for convicted Ponzi schemer Tim Durham argues that the presentencing report miscalculates the losses suffered by investors, includes a range of allegations that weren’t proven at trial and blames his client for events outside his control.
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Indiana businessman admits guilt in 2 fraud plots

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana businessman has pleaded guilty to ripping off an Iowa company and duping investors in separate fraud schemes totaling $2.3 million.
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Storm will keep financial markets closed Tuesday

October 29, 2012
Associated Press
Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. Bond trading will also be closed.
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Rapid rise of ExactTarget uplifting for young techies

October 27, 2012
Greg Andrews
In just over a decade, the interactive marketer has rocketed from bootstrapped startup to New York Stock Exchange-listed company with a market value of $1.5 billion.
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Stocks hammered by weak earnings reports

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks sank sharply Tuesday morning, driving major indexes to their lowest point since early September, after big-name companies reported weak quarterly earnings and lowered their expectations for the rest of the year.
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Scale Computing lands $12 million in VC funding

October 23, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Scale Computing, a maker of data-storage devices that recently launched a “datacenter in a box,” has landed another $12 million in venture funding.
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State going after underwriter of $5M Estridge offeringRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Greg Andrews
The regulatory action is an outgrowth of a falling-out between Indiana Securities owner Frank Neese and Bank of Indiana, which lost its entire $1 million investment when The Estridge Cos. collapsed.
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Small law firm sees faith in WellPoint class-action suit pay offRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Greg Andrews
A federal judge in June granted preliminary approval to a deal under which WellPoint Inc. would pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit charging it undercompensated policyholders when it converted into a public company in 2001.
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Judge tosses out lawsuit blasting Irwin executivesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Greg Andrews
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Irwin Financial Corp.'s bankruptcy trustee, saying the only party with the right to bring suit was the bank’s receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. It didn't do so by last month's deadline.
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Wellpoint raises $1.35B in first convertible offering since '99

October 3, 2012
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. sold its first convertible securities in more than 13 years with a $1.35 billion offering of 30-year bonds.
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SEC accuses local firm of bilking investors out of $1.7M

September 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The SEC’s complaint accuses three people of committing securities fraud by spending investor funds on luxury automobiles, a motorcycle, a 30-foot boat, college tuition, home renovations, a wedding and a honeymoon in St. Lucia.
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Startup aims to take business cards into digital ageRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis entrepreneur Nick Carter thinks he’s found a way to eliminate the “black hole” of marketing data: smart business cards that track how recipients use them.
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Analysis: In a crummy economy, why are stocks rising?

September 15, 2012
Associated Press
Economic growth is pitiful. So why are the major stock indexes just a few percentage points shy of an all-time record? Start with two words: Ben Bernanke.
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VISKANTA: Big trends emerge from the lost decade for stocksRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Tadas Viskanta / Special to IBJ
Investors are trying to get more bang for their buck and are unwilling to rely on the Wall Street firms, many of which helped bring the global economy to its knees just a few short years ago, for their investment needs.
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COHEN: Good reason to keep gold in diversified portfoliosRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Jeff Cohen / Special to IBJ
Metal is hedge against printing money, weakening currencies.
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Allison Transmission struggling to rev up investorsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Greg Andrews
After the stock in the manufacturer of commercial transmissions bottomed at $15.82 in June, some investors began sniffing a bargain.
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Stocks open higher day after Federal Reserve move

September 14, 2012
Associated Press
Stocks opened higher Friday, on track to record one of their best weeks since June, after the Federal Reserve stepped in again to help the disappointing economic recovery.
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WellPoint plans debt offerings to fund Amerigroup acquisition

September 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the second-biggest U.S. health insurer, is planning a four-part debt offering to help fund its $4.9 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corp, the insurer said Wednesday.
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Emmis vote strips preferred shareholders of dividends

September 4, 2012
Scott Olson
The Tuesday vote by shareholders to wipe out $34 million in unpaid dividends to preferred shareholders follows a judge's Friday decision to deny a request by the preferred shareholders to prevent a vote on the proposal.
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Judge gives Emmis OK to hold shareholder vote

August 31, 2012
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Friday gave Emmis Communications Corp. the green light to proceed with a shareholder vote that could wipe out $34 million in unpaid preferred shareholder dividends.
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Former Durham exec ordered to pay $30,000

August 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Former Obsidian Enterprises Inc. President Terry Whitesell will pay the amount as part of a settlement agreement. A bankruptcy trustee representing investors of Fair Finance Co., owned by convicted financier Tim Durham, had sought more than $225,000 from Whitesell.
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Indiana pensions hit as economic doldrums continue

August 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana pension funds took a temporary hit last year and may not rebound as much as public workers would like, based on long-term economic trends outlined for lawmakers Tuesday.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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