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Families hoard cash five years after financial crisis

October 6, 2013
Associated Press
One of the biggest drags on the economic recovery is fear. Households are hoarding cash, spending cautiously, avoiding debt, and shifting investments into low-yield (but potentially safer) holdings. When done on a global scale, such prudent moves can starve the economy.
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FDIC sues executives over Irwin failureRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has filed suit against four former officers of defunct Irwin Financial Corp. banks, alleging they “closed their eyes to known risks” in approving loans that contributed to the banks’ 2009 takeover by regulators.
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Lawsuit takes on debt-modification firmRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A lawsuit filed in Georgia against an Indianapolis firm that helps consumers settle debt is just one in a parade of complaints targeting the industry.
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Shelbyville's SCB Bank scrambles for capital

November 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A Shelbyville-based bank appears to have missed a federally mandated deadline for boosting its capital levels, a failure that might put it at risk of government takeover.
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Estridge again seeking investors to avoid closing

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Carmel-based homebuilder said Tuesday that it will shut down if outside investors or a line of credit aren't obtained soon. The company previously received a cash infusion last June from a group of subcontractors.
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Credit counselor to merge with Ohio-based network

December 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Service Inc. has agreed to be absorbed by Ohio-based Apprisen Financial Advocates, as financial pressures in the industry push not-for-profit agencies to become larger.
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Indiana firm pays W. Virginia $175,000 in consumer case

November 8, 2010
Associated Press
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw said Monday that the money will be used to compensate customers of Indianapolis-based Preferred Financial Solutions Inc., doing business as CCR Now or Credit Card Relief Now.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Former bank exec receives 22-month sentence

September 9, 2010
Robert E. Tolle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of making fraudulent bank entries while serving as a loan officer at the Indianapolis office of Evansville-based Old National Bank.
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Feds take over $20M Irwin pension shortfall

August 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. estimates Irwin Financial Corp.’s pension plan is 56 percent funded, with assets of $26.7 million to cover $47.2 million in benefit liabilities.
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AIG sells American General unit to Fortress at loss

August 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
American International Group Inc. has agreed to sell a majority stake in its Evansville-based consumer lending unit, getting rid of an operation that posted about $1.7 billion in operating losses since 2008 and accumulated more than $17 billion in debt.
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E-mails show how David Simon faced financial crisisRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
The first few months of 2009 were not an easy time to be CEO of Simon Property Group Inc. David Simon was feeling pressure from shareholders, lenders, employees and family members.
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Banker who wreaked havoc fesses up to felony charge

July 17, 2010
Greg Andrews
Overseeing a portfolio filled with deteriorating loans is downright excruciating, as lending officers who’ve lived through the carnage of the recession can attest. Rob Tolle apparently cracked under the pressure.
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Developer facing legal action everywhere it has built condos

June 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Three of the four principals in Page Development were in court June 8 to sift through the fallout from a $1.35 million judgment against them. It's only the tip of Page Development's financial straits.
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Battered banks don't see light at end of tunnelRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Greg Andrews
Credit problems continue to bedevil banks big and small, many of them caused by soured commercial real estate loans.
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New Indiana law aims to promote safety of traditional loansRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A new state program is encouraging lenders to promote the stability of their conventional mortgages to help Indiana's housing market rebound from a foreclosure crisis instigated by risky loans.
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Report: Examiners failed to curb risky lending at Irwin Union

May 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The now-defunct Irwin Union Bank and Trust almost tripled in size from 2000 to 2005 as it extended credit to subprime mortgage borrowers with insufficient collateral.
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Community banks face fight of their lives against big players

March 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Small, community banks will bet on their strength in customer service, and large banks will offer business customers lower costs.
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REED: Imprudence, bad economy will claim several Indiana banksRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
John Reed
Banks are in trouble. Most are suffering at least a little, and many will not survive. That includes Indiana banks.
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PNC profit rises despite growing loan losses

January 21, 2010
Associated Press
The bank's $1.01 billion in profit and its $5.08 billion in revenue were better than analysts expected.
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Experts see 'great concern' over local construction outlook

December 21, 2009
Scott Olson
A symbolic topping-off ceremony early this month to celebrate a milestone on the massive JW Marriott hotel project can’t hide the anxiety felt within the construction industry.
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PEARCE: More companies are focusing on consumers with poor credit ratings

December 12, 2009
Mike PearceMore

Some observers fear return of rising prices, stagnant growthRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In the 1970s, stagflation—the unprecedented combination of stagnant economic growth and inflation—threatened to ruin financial institutions. Now some fear it might make a return.
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HICKS: Recession results in 'great deleveraging'Restricted Content

October 31, 2009
Mike Hicks
On virtually every meaningful measure, this recession stacks up as only the third or fourth worst post-World War II recession, but its effects are much more profound in a few areas. One area that will be most apparent is the changes the economy has wrought on consumer credit.
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Opportunists hunt deals in commercial real estate

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Just about every player in the real estate business—whether individual investor, private-equity fund or publicly traded company—is trying to raise capital to take advantage of what they see as an inevitable shakeout in commercial property.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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