Murray Coleman


Murray Coleman is a Business Journal reporter covering finance, manufacturing, economics and other topics. He can be reached at

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Recent Stories

Profit Return

Majority of Local Banks, Thrifts Profitable in First Quarter

Two years of heavy losses at banks and thrifts seem to be coming to an end.

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Lenders More Than Doubled Local Small-Business Loans


The amount of loans made by the largest 20 Small Business Administration lenders in the county jumped to $155 million for the six months through March, according to this week’s Business Journal list. Includes the 2010 OC's SBA LENDERS for download (pdf)

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BofA, Merrill Integration Progresses; $25B Under Management

FINANCE: Company expects to wrap up integration by August

Bank of America is looking to largely wrap up its local integration of Merrill Lynch by August

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Lending Leap

Small-Business Loans Jumped in Q1 on Government Provisions, Local Bank Involvement

Small-business loans jumped in the first quarter

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Small-Business Owners Find Different Ways to Grow in Recovering Economy

The Business Journal took a look at four such small-business owners and their efforts to build bigger customer bases as the county moves out of recession and into recovery.

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Buyout Firm Wins Fremont General Out Of Bankruptcy

Distressed buyout firm Signature Group Holdings LLP has been chosen to revive fallen subprime mortgage lender Fremont General Corp.

Distinctive Designs

Handbag Designers Revamp, Harveys Cope with Economy by Expanding Designs, Sellers

Handbag designer Harveys Industries is making some changes; Local purse maker Revamp Productions is venturing into clothes

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Brea Church Lender Looking to Raise $100M

FINANCE: Ministry Partners sees more troubled loans as churches struggle

A company that specializes in mortgage loans to churches is trying to raise $100 million

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Applied Signal Expands Anaheim Hills Operation

DEFENSE: Company has about 25 people, looking to double

Defense contractor Applied Signal has relocated its local operations within Anaheim

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Regrouping UBS Expands Locally, Plans to Add to Ranks of Advisers

FINANCE: $14B managed here; tax scandal, mortgage issues linger

The investment advisory arm of embattled UBS AG has gained business in OC and is looking for a bigger piece of the local market

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