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

De-Risking Hits the Bottom Line at Zions
October 20, 2014 Zions Bancorp.'s earnings fell 62% in the third quarter to $79.1 million as the company implemented a number of maneuvers to...

Astoria's Multifamily Makeover Advances
October 17, 2014 Astoria Financial in Lake Success, N.Y., set out a few years ago to become more commercially focused by going after more...

Wintrust's Profit Rises 13% on Loan, Fee Income Growth
October 16, 2014 Wintrust Financial in Rosemont, Ill., reported third-quarter earnings of $40.2 million, as increases in interest and fee...

The Certainty Cash M&A Offers in a Volatile Market
October 16, 2014 AmericanWest is buying Bank of Sacramento for $60 million in cash. Although the deal was being negotiated well before the...

Cost-Cutting Paradox Plagues Big Banks
October 14, 2014 Legal settlements. Restructuring charges. Compliance costs. They seem ceaseless, and they are making it harder for big banks...

M&A Could Reach Inflection Point in 2014
October 10, 2014 The third quarter had fewer deals compared to the second quarter, but three fundamental attributes of normalized M&A appeared:...

Fed, Justice Dept. Release Guide to M&A and Market Competition
October 9, 2014 The Federal Reserve Board has published an 11-page guide for banks looking to acquire large rivals.

Ruling May Change How Bank Buyers Tackle Noncompete Agreements
October 8, 2014 Prosperity thought it had its bases covered, adding a clause in an employment agreement with lenders at an acquired bank in...

Delay in H&R Block Bank Deal Dashes Buyer's Tax-Time Profit Hopes
October 6, 2014 Regulators consider bankers' timing needs when reviewing deals, but it certainly isn't their top concern, advisers say. H&R...

Pre-Crisis Acquisition Playing Role in Colorado Governor's Race
September 30, 2014 Bob Beauprez, a former community banker and Republican congressman, is challenging incumbent John Hickenlooper in Colorado's...

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