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SKARBECK: Looking at stocks, 10 years at a timeRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
During this century's first decade, investors had to cope with the uncertainties surrounding 9/11; huge corporate failures including Enron, Worldcom, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Lehman Brothers; and volatility wrought by both the tech and housing bubbles.
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Johnson County woman guilty of securities fraud

January 7, 2010
Wanda Robertson was sentenced to eight years in prison, with four years suspended, after pleading guilty Wednesday.
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More than 1,100 attend Fair investor meeting

January 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
A meeting of Fair Finance Co. investors held Tuesday night at a northeast Ohio hotel drew an overflow crowd of 1,100 people.
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IBJ, Wall Street Journal seek unsealing of Durham records

January 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis Business Journal and The Wall Street Journal have joined the legal fight to unseal search warrant documents related to the federal investigation of businessman Tim Durham.
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Accountant files suit against former firm, partner

January 4, 2010
Scott Olson
A contentious split between two prominent accounting partners is getting even uglier after a lawsuit filed by one of them has the other pledging to counter sue.
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Some of city's most successful money managers are father-son teams

January 2, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
All parents hope to teach their kids the value of money. Few end up successfully investing hundreds of millions of dollars together. But for a handful of top local teams, wealth management is a family affair.
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Entrepreneur says quality of venture capital as important as quantity

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jim Pearson knows a thing or two about raising money from venture capitalists. And he has some advice for BioCrossroads: Teach entrepreneurs the value of money.
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Would-be buyer: Durham double-dipped on Duesenberg deal

December 30, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Tim Durham struck a deal to sell a vintage Duesenberg for $1 million before auctioning off the same vehicle for $2.9 million, according to the small-town Michigan mayor who said he agreed to buy it.
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PNC battling to keep NatCity's private banking business

December 29, 2009
Scott Olson
PNC Financial is still digesting its $5.6 billion acquisition of National City Corp., but a quiet fight almost certainly is under way over its lucrative private banking clients.
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Stifel, Rokita reach settlement in auction-rate securities case

December 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Agreement accelerates Stifel's repayment of $54 million in auction-rate securities sold to 142 Hoosier investors.
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Fair Finance's past gave investors, regulators false comfort

December 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Akron company had been meeting its obligations for decades before Tim Durham acquired it seven years ago.
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NEWSMAKER: High-flying exec Durham ensnared in probe

December 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged in court papers that one of his businesses, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co., operated as a Ponzi scheme.
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Banks gobble TARP money, suffer losses

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The housing meltdown and recession gave banks in Indiana and across the nation their biggest test in decades.
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Indiana banker meets with Obama, Geithner

December 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Mark Schroeder, CEO of Jasper-based German American Bancorp, was one of just 12 community bankers who talked shop Tuesday with the president and Treasury secretary.
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First Indiana Future Fund off to a slow startRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
More than half of the venture capital fund's original investors took a pass on its $58 million successor, the newly launched INext.
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Buyer of prized Durham Duesenberg alleges fraud

December 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
A Virginia businessman is suing Tim Durham, alleging he and other defendants manipulated the September auction of a 1930 Duesenberg that sold for $2.9 million.
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Indianapolis Airport Authority credit rating holds steady even as revenue falls

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis has fared better than some airports in terms of declining revenue, with passengers down about 10 percent for much of the year and revenue off 16 percent at one point.
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Newspapers seek to unseal Durham search warrants

December 17, 2009
Greg Andrews
Daily newspapers on Thursday filed a motion seeking to unseal search warrant documents related to the federal investigation of Indianapolis businessman Tim Durham and Akron, Ohio-based Fair Finance Co.
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New BioCrossroads venture fund raises $58 million

December 16, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The new INext fund is the successor to the $73 million Indiana Future Fund, which the life science initiative raised in 2003.
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Still hoping to sell securities, Fair Finance seeks extension

December 14, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's Fair Finance Co. says it needs another 30 days to provide Ohio regulators with a mountain of documents they requested relating to insider loans and other issues.
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Obama reforms not necessarily dire for Sallie Mae in IndianaRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
The plan to nationalize the federal student loan program threatens to force Sallie Mae to hack its network of 26 offices down to five. Yet the company's Indiana operations have several advantages that could help weather the cuts.
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Federal filing lists another link between Brizzi, Durham

December 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
A federal financial-disclosure statement Brizzi submitted in May lists the politician as an investor in Red Rock Pictures Holdings Inc., a film-development firm also backed by Durham.
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PEARCE: More companies are focusing on consumers with poor credit ratings

December 12, 2009
Mike PearceMore

Hoosier Energy avoids financial brownoutRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Hoosier Energy, which supplies electricity to customers in 48 counties in central and southern Indiana, has settled a dispute that had threatened to plunge the utility into bankruptcy.
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Loss of partner at accounting firm Greenwalt Sponsel results in new name

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The firm is now Greenwalt CPAs following the departure in September of Tom Sponsel, who launched Sponsel CPA Group.
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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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