Banking & Finance

Regulators suspend broker for not disclosing bankruptcyRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
FINRA fined Zionsville financial adviser Stephen W. Bracken $5,000 and barred him from affiliating with a member firm for three months.
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Regional bank Fifth Third sees 58-percent rise in profit

July 18, 2013
Associated Press
Cincinnati-based Fifth Third, which has more than 800 employees at roughly 45 branches in Indianapolis, on Thursday reported net income available to common shareholders of $594 million.
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Stocks edge up as Bernanke reassures on stimulus

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the bank would consider reducing its stimulus program if the economy improves, but emphasized that the reductions were "by no means on a preset course."
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Big Anderson church files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

July 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Madison Park Church of God bought a 200-acre site near Interstate 69 in 2007 and built a church there using three bridge loans. One $6 million loan matured on July 12 and couldn't be repaid.
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HICKS: There's no end to odd stories about coinageRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Mike Hicks
Today, we hear from seemingly sophisticated folks that we should return to the gold standard, and so ensure long-run stability and remove those unseemly humans from decisions about money. That argument ignores two common axioms.
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Stocks rise to record highs as Fed keeps stimulus

July 11, 2013
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank is in no hurry to stop supporting the economy because unemployment remains high and inflation is below the Fed's target.
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Indiana banks finally regain pre-meltdown asset levels

July 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Assets for Indiana banks have risen back to levels seen in 2008, and financial institutions are lending again. But smaller, community-based banks still face an array of challenges that could lead to more consolidation.
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Ingersoll-Rand’s spin-off plan may give boost to areaRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Greg Andrews
Irish industrial conglomerate Ingersoll-Rand Plc is poised to spin off its security operations late this year into Allegion—which will have its North American headquarters and most of its executive team in Carmel.
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Stocks gain after encouraging U.S. hiring news

July 3, 2013
Associated Press
Encouraging news about the U.S. jobs market trumped rising oil prices and worrying developments in Europe's simmering debt crisis on Wednesday.
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Fast-growing Stonegate Mortgage files for public offering

July 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
Stonegate ranked No. 1 on IBJ’s May list of fastest-growing Indianapolis-area private companies. The eight-year-old company saw revenue rocket from $15.5 million in 2010 to $95.5 million in 2012.
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Computer glitch leaks personal info of state welfare clients

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials say the personal data of welfare clients has been shared with others in a security breach potentially affecting more than 187,000 people.
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Indiana minority investment fund deemed small but promisingRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
New fund is one of few in the nation focused on minority businesses.
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Ex-Lt. Gov. Skillman joins Old National boardRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Evansville-based Old National Corp. will pay Gov. Mitch Daniels’ sidekick Becky Skillman $70,000 a year in a combination of cash and stock to serve as a director.
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Issuers of bonds burned by rate hikeRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Government entities across Indiana have spent the past two years refinancing every possible bond to take advantage of historically low rates, but the savings might not be so easy to come by if rates continue to rise.
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State sues S&P over flawed ratings of securities

June 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor accuses S&P of “systematically and intentionally” misrepresenting its analysis of securities backed by commercial or residential mortgages in order to “maximize revenue and market share.”
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Slower U.S. growth might lead Fed to keep up stimulus

June 27, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year. That's the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8-percent annual rate.
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Moody's revises NCAA credit outlook to negative

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
The NCAA's credit outlook has been downgraded by ratings agency Moody's as the governing body of college sports deals with an anti-trust lawsuit about the use of athletes' images and likenesses.
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Salin saves cash with video tellers

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
In what might be the strangest twist in banking technology in years, Indianapolis-based Salin Bank is the first financial institution in the state to install sophisticated, interactive video tellers.
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Feud with Hilberts stinging Menard on many levels

June 22, 2013
-Greg Andrews
Throwing the sexual-extortion allegations into the public domain must be a nightmare for Menard, who for decades has doggedly avoided scrutiny of his personal life—even as he built his chain into the nation’s No. 3 home improvement retailer and built his net worth to an estimated $7 billion.
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Fair Finance trustee to continue pursuit into 2014

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The attorney charged with recovering some $200 million for the 5,300 investors bilked by Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co. plans to continue filing lawsuits for reparations into next year.
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REITs tumble most since 2011 on concern of rising rates

June 19, 2013
Associated Press
Shares in U.S. real estate investment trusts fell the most in 19 months Wednesday. Three major REITs, all based in Indianapolis, saw their shares drop on Wednesday.
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World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans

June 17, 2013
Associated Press
Financial markets have been gyrating in the 3½ weeks since Bernanke told Congress the Fed might scale back its effort to keep long-term rates at record lows within "the next few meetings"— earlier than many had assumed.
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Hilbert puts MH management company into Chapter 11

June 15, 2013
Greg Andrews
The move, the latest fallout from the executive's feud with hardware king John Menard, puts on hold a Wisconsin lawsuit that sought millions of dollars from the company.
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Most of Indiana's largest public companies enjoyed strong 2012Restricted Content

June 15, 2013
Angie's List turned a profit for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Suit: Menard pressured Tomisue Hilbert for sexual favors

June 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
The lawsuit charges Tomisue Hilbert's rejection of the billionaire is the real reason he launched a bitter battle to remove her husband, Steve Hilbert, as CEO of the Indianapolis-based private-equity funds the three of them started in 2005.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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