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Yellen to investors: Expect continuity at the Fed

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will support the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.
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Smith shuns retirement for stint as Chase Indiana chair

February 11, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Local banking veteran and community leader Albert J. Smith Jr. is eight years older than his predecessor, who retired in January.
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Architecture firm closing, renovated HQ on block

February 7, 2014
Scott Olson
A2SO4 Architecture LLC has begun to wind down operations as a bank forecloses on a couple of construction loans for its new headquarters with a total balance of more than $1 million.
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Upstate bank expands central Indiana presenceRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Warsaw-based Lake City Bank has opened a 3,700-square-foot branch on the northeast corner of State Road 37 and 131st Street.
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Bill meant to protect credit scores considered by committee

January 13, 2014
Brandon Mullens, The Statehouse File
Senate Bill 175 would restrict the use of credit checks in reducing credit scores.
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Average 30-year mortgage rate climbs to 4.48 percent

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
Rates are sharply higher than they were a year ago when the 30-year fixed rate was 3.35 percent and the 15-year was 2.65 percent.
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U.S. credit card info is easy pickings for hackers

December 22, 2013
Associated Press
Incidences like the recent data theft affecting 40 million Target customers could become more common as retailers, banks and credit card companies argue over who should pay for security upgrades.
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How Fed's pullback of stimulus could affect you

December 19, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve's move Wednesday to slow its stimulus will ripple through the global economy. But exactly how it will affect people and businesses depends on who you are.
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Fed to reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve has decided to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy because the job market has shown steady improvement. The Fed will trim its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January.
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Pressure on legislature to address abandoned homesRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Banks are pushing for reform to the state's process for home foreclosures.
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Suit slams ex-insiders of Bank of IndianaRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Racketeering, fraud and “negligent oversight” are juicy ingredients in any lawsuit. But a recently filed complaint against Bank of Indiana may take the trophy in the otherwise sound-but-sleepy world of Indiana banking, not just for the nature of the allegations but that they’re aimed at the boardroom.
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'12 Days of Christmas' items top $114,000

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" still cost the same as they did last year.
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Bank tells tardy borrowers to get job—­and offers to help

November 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley

What if a mortgage lender could help the unemployed/underemployed customer find a job and avoid the roughly $50,000 it can cost the institution to foreclose? Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank began trying that very approach in central Indiana a few months ago, in the form of a re-employment assistance program.

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First Internet up-shifts in commercial lendingRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley

First Internet Bank raised eyebrows this month when it filed a $25 million secondary stock offering said to be for organic growth and “other general corporate purposes.”

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Fee push helping banks overcome low interest ratesRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Two Indiana-based banks showed up on a national ranking of best non-interest income as a percentage of operating revenue: Evansville-based Old National Bancorp and South Bend’s 1st Source Corp.
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Local hotelier files for bankruptcy on 7 properties

November 8, 2013
Mason King
Reeling from the recession, Bharat Patel hopes to protect the hotels from foreclosure. Their lender is owed as much as $120 million, according to court filings.
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Home loan banks drop objection to $8.5B settlement

October 31, 2013
Bloomberg News
Lawyers for the Federal Home Loan Banks of Boston, Chicago and Indianapolis on Wednesday told a New York Supreme Court judge they are withdrawing from the case against Bank of America Corp.
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First Internet profit falls on rising interest rates

October 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Shares of the Indianapolis-based bank took a nosedive during trading Friday morning after it reported its third-quarter earnings.
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REED: Indiana's bank, thrift stocks fully recoveredRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
John Reed
Most remember well the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession. The problems were complex and big, and there were many villains and many more victims.
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After stock zooms up, Internet bank aims higherRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Greg Andrews
Shares of First Internet Bancorp have more than doubled since December, when founder and CEO David Becker boosted the visibility of the stock by announcing it was shifting from the over-the-counter market to NASDAQ.
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Obama to nominate Yellen as Bernanke successor

October 8, 2013
Associated Press
President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation's central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed.
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Indiana bank cutting 80 workers after merger

October 4, 2013
Associated Press
Citizens Financial Bank president Daryl Pomranke said all the layoffs will be of employees in support roles such as operations and technology
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Fed likely to slow bond buys despite tepid economy

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve is expected to take its first step toward reducing the extraordinary stimulus it's supplied to help the U.S. economy rebound from its deepest crisis since the Great Depression.
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Old National to acquire Fort Wayne's top local bank

September 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Old National Bancorp, the largest financial services company headquartered in Indiana, has agreed to buy Fort Wayne-based Tower Financial Corp. for about $107.7 million, the companies announced Tuesday.
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After years of success, Harlan Laboratories caught in debt viseRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Greg Andrews
The company may violate loan covenants in the next three to six months, and its ability to refinance a $280 million loan that matures in July 2014 is “highly questionable,” Moody’s says.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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