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 Departmentís 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

Will Lenders Find a Silver Lining to the Oil Slide?
January 28, 2015 Banks like Cullen/Frost and BOK Financial say they have found one, in the form of higher energy-sector loan balances last...

Regulatory Situation Worsens for Puerto Rico's Doral
January 28, 2015 Doral Financial in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said that the FDIC has placed its bank under a prompt corrective action directive,...

Highland Community in Illinois Is Year's Second Failure
January 23, 2015 The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation closed the $54.7 million-asset Highland Community Bank in...

How Fight Over Dodd-Frank Size Cutoffs Could Help Small Banks
January 23, 2015 The focus on raising the $50 billion-asset threshold determining which banks face the toughest provisions is highlighting...

RBC Chases Rich and Famous in U.S. Banking Do-Over
January 22, 2015 Royal Bank of Canada sold its U.S. retail bank a few years ago to PNC. The company is back with a targeted play: City...

Banks Try to Balance Conflicting Demands to Pad Lending, Lower Costs
January 21, 2015 Fifth Third Bancorp and U.S. Bancorp say they will delicately approach expenses in 2015 ó or at least until rates rise. They...

U.S. Bancorp's Earnings Rise on Increased Lending, Nuveen Gain
January 21, 2015 U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis reported higher quarter earnings as revenue growth outpaced higher expenses.

First NBC Joins Crowded Field Vying for Florida Customers
January 20, 2015 The Louisiana company is the latest out-of-stater to move into the Sunshine State after buying a failed bank in the Florida...

First NBC Enters Florida by Buying Failed Bank
January 16, 2015 The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed First National Bank of Crestview in Florida on Friday, marking this...

Deja Vu: 2015 Earnings Likely to Be a Repeat of 2014
January 16, 2015 The past year was a bit of slog for most regional banks and, if fourth-quarter results are any indication of what's ahead,...

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