Recession

A showy millionaire faces spate of lawsuits

February 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
A recent spate of lawsuits, filed by a who's who of Indianapolis businessmen, exposes cracks in Tim Durham's veneer of opulence.
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Orchestra lays off eight as donations, ticket sales dropRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will look to volunteers to help cover the work done by eight people who were laid off last week in a move to trim $600,000, or 2 percent, from the $29.5 million annual budget.
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Papa's college funds hit the skidsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When I read the year-end statements from the 529 College Saving Plans I had established for the benefit of my grandchildren, I felt lower than a snake's belly.
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Unemployment data paints worrisome pictureRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Mike Hicks
The most recent data on the U.S. economy continues to be worrying, but a little context remains helpful.
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Mall giant says it's in good shape, but takes steps to conserve cashRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Cory Schouten
Despite assurances of strength, Simon Property Group Inc. has decided to pay 90 percent of its dividend in stock, a move that allows the company to hold onto $925 million in cash this year but could alienate shareholders drawn by the dividend.
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Katterjohn's optimism is upliftingRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
I think it is so important to remind people that the one thing we have control of is our attitude. I think you conveyed that beautifully.
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In hard times, is big-time sports willing to budge?Restricted Content

February 2, 2009
Bill Benner
Even as the economy spirals downward, no one gives a thought to bringing some kind of fiscal sanity to the overall enterprise of sports.
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State needs more unemployment analysis, statsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Morton Marcus
How are the economic development professionals in each Indiana county supposed to do their jobs when they don't get quality statistics like those provided to professional sports managers and coaches?
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Airport hotel in limboRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The recession, coupled with personnel shifts, have grounded the more than $50-million hotel project adjacent to the new terminal.
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Latest jobs numbers may change state's prioritiesRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Jobs themselves may become "Job One" for our elected officials.
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Stakes huge for Indiana as feds weigh stimulusRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
A new report by one of the nation's leading economists finds that getting the stimulus package through Congress— and fast— has huge implications for Hoosiers.
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Grant-makers, stung by market crash, favor safety-net causes, discourage new applicantsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some major foundations in central Indiana are narrowing grantmaking criteria so they can funnel their reduced asset streams toward pressing needs brought on by the recession.
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Lyon takes Finish Line helm as shoppers cut spendingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Cory Schouten
Glenn S. Lyon, the new head at The Finish Line Inc., has plenty to tackle. Traffic is down at Finish Line stores, sales have slowed and competitors are slashing prices.
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Buy-and-hold a bad tactic in these market conditionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
If world leaders don't quickly demonstrate the courage to stop printing money, the long term is shot. And since that courage isn't likely to surface anytime soon, investors should rethink traditional strategies now.
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Don't get buried by negative newsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
When our economy is challenged, American resilience and resourcefulness have heretofore always saved the day. I have good reason to believe those traits will save the day once again.
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Proposed fiscal stimulus package has high costsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Mike Hicks
Expeditious and clever spending on roads, infrastructure and, in the half-dozen states where it is possible, a tax cut will determine the success of the stimulus plan.
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Let's strive to keep companies hereRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Don't lose sight of viable businesses in your own backyard.
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Auctioneers: Recession may be going, but not yet goneRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Sam Stall
Auction prices are an economic bellwether, since selling items to the highest bidder an an effective way to determine what pretty much anything—from a Fortune 500 company to a Hummel figurine—is really worth.
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Small firms get creative to avoid layoffsRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
As the recession deepens, many small-business owners face a dilemma. When small businesses slow down, it doesn't make headlines like a shuttered manufacturing plant would. But relatively speaking, their layoffs are just as meaningful. Losing even a handful of key people can be crippling.
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Recruiter optimistic in challenging timesRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Tracy Donhardt
With the economy nosediving and companies laying off workers by the hundreds and thousands, Kerns International LLC's owner admits it's a difficult time to be running an executive search firm.
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Wealth manager advises long viewRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
When the stock market cratered last year, it demolished many portfolios. But as devastating as investors' losses were, people have suffered far worse trials and tribulations.
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Companies selling indulgences find ways to get byRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Sam Stall
Many Indianapolis-area folks who sell products and services that can't, by even the most tortuous logic, be described as "needs"are weathering the recession quite well. At least for now.
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Keeping calm in the financial stormRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Many investors endured appalling financial losses this year, as markets soured and the economy slipped into recession. Now they're grieving over money once intended to fund retirement, their children's education or major philanthropic gifts.
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Recession, lockdown of credit hammers businesses of all sizesRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Cory Schouten
Stock markets fell, jobs disappeared, and the outlook for the economy seemed to grow grimmer by the week in 2008. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers took some of the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana felt the pain.
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Stock markets weather historic plungeRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Greg Andrews
Unless markets surge in the final days of the year, 2008 will go down as the worst year for stocks since the Great Depression.
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  1. Uh, sorry Johnnie, but you are incorrect. Despite the assertions by yourself and various defenders and captains, sports attendance is NOT off significantly at most sporting events in the US. Variances in attendance has been in the range of single digits, both + & - for years now. MLB has had most of its best overall attendance nubers in the last decade, and that trend has been consistent for most major sporting events. The number one issue cited by most fans when asked about attendance is the overall cost of attending. The presence of HD and big screen televisions in home doesn't even register, as a factor for not attending an event. VALUE in the product is the key, and apparently is something lacking in the current ICS. What other explanation is there when with what is routinely touted as the "best" racing on the planet, fans are staying away in DROVES. A "close" title battle into the last event at Fontana, with the "cars and stars" of the ICS, and who showed up? MAYBE 8K. Sorry, but HD TV isn't to blame for that kind of fan apathy.

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