Economy

HICKS: Certain unemployment causes worse than othersRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Mike Hicks
Unemployment often is a necessary and natural part of a healthy economy. But job losses that come when workers or even entire industries become redundant are especially painful.
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MARCUS: Grouch finds good in the economyRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Morton Marcus
To use a gardening metaphor, have the courage to prune back in a tough economy, and plant new seeds before the weather improves.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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Half of state's public-company CEOs saw pay rise in 2008

June 22, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
For investors, 2008 was the worst year since the Great Depression. Even so, more than half of the state's public-company executives saw the value of their pay packages rise from 2007—despite the fact that only 10 of the companies posted a positive total return in 2008, and 46 companies shed more than one-third of their stock market value.
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Boomtown on hold: Recession delays Honda's full impact on GreensburgRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jobs created by the new manufacturing plant have been offset by losses elsewhere in the community, and related development remains scarce. But local officials remain optimistic about Honda's long-term impact.
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Unprecedented economic forecast revision will frame special sessionRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
With the help of outside economists, Indiana government undergoes an economic forecast every other yearâ??a process that's taken on increased importance this spring, as Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature attempt to craft a two-year budget amid the deepest recession since the early 1980s.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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Churches look for ways to pay off construction projects planned before recession took toll on collection platesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
In Indianapolis and around the country, congregations that expanded before the recession are now taking drastic measures, including budget cuts that have resulted in layoffs, salary reductions and giving less to charities.
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Fiscal crisis calls for drastic measureRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels will call the Legislature into special session to pass an acceptable budget, but some legislators think a budget that would satisfy the governor cannot be crafted by the contentious partisans in this developing fiasco.
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Tough times require determined leaderRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
Someone once told me it's easy to run an organization when times are good. It's when times are tough that things get difficult. Well, we're definitely there.
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Embracing risk key to economic revivalRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
A strong economy requires risk-takers, and it is the bold and brash who will seize opportunities as the economy rebounds.
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Data can be deceiving when the economy slowsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Investors today are dealing with a variety of calculation problems when attempting to determine if stocks are attractive values. Some of the more common ratios and statistical measures that investors regularly employ to value businesses become skewed in an economic downturn.
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Indiana wages now well below averageRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Morton Marcus
Last week the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its estimates of county personal income and all the detail comprising those data.
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'Buy local' offers no protection for bad businessesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Mike Hicks
These days, the "buy local" crowd seems to have a stronger voice. I am gleeful about this for a variety of reasons, but it is helpful to view some of their claims with a bit of skepticism. At least that is what economists should do.
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Federal stimulus trickles downRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
There's a smorgasbord available for small businesses in the federal stimulus package. The trick is figuring out how to get a plate. Plenty of local experts are serving up access to the buffet. And some entrepreneurs are digging in. But others consider the stimulus warmed-over leftovers.
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Central Indiana could lead economic recoveryRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Drew Klacik
Every day, we get more bad economic news. While I'm not smart enough to know when the global economy will rebound or how strong the rebound will be, I do believe central Indiana and the Midwest are well-positioned to lead the recovery.
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Is poor management Indiana's problem?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Morton Marcus
Hoosiers identify many factors contributing to our state's long-term economic difficulties. It is fashionable to blame our workers. It is easy to decry a lack of natural amenities: no mountains, no coral reefs. Our public schools are inferior and perhaps our higher education is overrated. Our taxes are too high but we have substandard government services. We ain't got no culture. Rarely do we hear anyone say that our problem is management.
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White River Capital negotiating new terms for its First Chicago Bancorp mergerRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a March 13 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, publicly traded White River revealed it's postponed its merger with First Chicago Bancorp, and now is negotiating new terms.
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Lauth, a once-booming developer, has sliced 90 percent of work force, lost control of some propertiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
Struggling developer Lauth Group Inc. has cut about 90 percent of its staff and lost control of part of its portfolio to a major equity partner-developments that raise doubts about whether the locally based company can survive the recession.
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Prolonged woes reshape Connersville, city once known as 'Little Detroit'Restricted Content

April 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
With economists predicting the statewide unemployment average will reach 10 percent this year, the experience of a hard-hit city like Connersville offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for other manufacturing-reliant Hoosier communities.
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Recession slices into golf business; courses roll out promotionsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana golf course operators are nervous about how the recession might lead to fewer golfers and lost revenue.
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Hungry for customers, restaurateurs dangle dealsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall

Restaurateurs are responding to the recession, be they the proprietors of fine-dining establishments or burger joints, by offering low-cost dining deals.

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Foreclosure investors shift to buy-and-hold strategyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall
Instead of buying and selling, investors with ready cash are buying houses at substantial markdowns, turning them into rental properties and sitting tight until the market improves.
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Youth program may promote sense of purposeRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
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Franchisors also feel recession's financial pinchRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
About two dozen franchises based in Indiana are not immune to difficulties during the recession.
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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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