Robert Barba

Robert Barba is one of American Banker's community banking reporters. His beat includes covering community banks in the Midwest, but he additionally focuses on M&A activity and monitors bank failures nationwide. Robert has appeared on Fox Business to discuss bank failures and the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Prior to American Banker, Robert was a general business reporter at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla., where he covered everything from biotechnology to the volatile Florida real estate market. He began his career as a business desk intern at The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera. Robert is based in Chicago.

Recent Stories From this Author

Pan American in Los Angeles Rescued by Band of Banks
July 22, 2014 Sixteen banks, along with John Eggemeyer and Tim Chrisman, raised $6.3 million to keep the Hispanic-focused bank from failing.

Two Clashing Takes on the Future of Commercial Lending
July 16, 2014 Bank of America executives downplayed expectations about commercial lending and warned about the dangers of lowering prices to...

The Wonky Metric Making JPM Execs Giddy About the Second Half
July 15, 2014 Add JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon as a member of the league of extraordinarily optimistic bank executives, but a figure deep...

Dimon Reassures Investors on JPM's Succession Plan and His Health
July 15, 2014 JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, recently diagnosed with throat cancer, told analysts that the Wall Street bank...

Bank M&A on Pace for Best Year Since 2008
July 10, 2014 A spike in smaller deals, along with improved premiums, is providing hope that buyers and sellers are finally coming together...

Remembering Easton Bank CEO Michael Menzies
July 9, 2014 The Maryland banker and former ICBA chair was a champion for changing how the FDIC assessed fees years before the Dodd-Frank...

Opus Fund Buys Third-Party Manager for Banks
July 8, 2014 A $500 million fund started last fall to roll up financial technology businesses has made its first acquisition, a risk and...

Denver's Growth Compels Small Bank to Sell Itself
July 7, 2014 Steele Street Bank & Trust decided to find a buyer when CEO Bob Malone realized the bank lacked the size to adequately court...

SunTrust Shows Some Banks Still Willing, Able to Buy Servicing
July 3, 2014 As interest rates rise and loans become more likely to stay on the books, more banks may show up on the buy side of the market...

Fed Finally Approves MB-Taylor Deal
July 1, 2014 The Fed also hit Taylor with a cease-and-desist order and a $3.5 million civil money penalty for its ties to an financial aid...

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