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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

JPMorgan Chase Sets Course to Deepen Ties with Small Business Clients
May 27, 2015 The banking giant hopes that convenience — and less paperwork — will help it do more business with existing small business...

Ford Financial Looks to Roll Up California Banks — Again
May 26, 2015 The Dallas investment group completed its tender offer for Mechanics Bank last month, culminating a three-year hunt for a...

To Keep Dimon, JPM Investors Let Him Stay Chairman and CEO
May 19, 2015 Shareholders of JPMorgan Chase voted in favor of Jamie Dimon keeping the chairman and chief executive roles. They likely fear...

Small Banks Warm Up to Bigger Dividends as Downturn Wears Off
May 19, 2015 More banks are steadily raising and reinstating cash dividends. Bankers say the increases reflect improving confidence with...

JPM Says Guilty Plea Necessary in Forex Case
May 14, 2015 JPMorgan Chase has to plead guilty to an antitrust charge if it wants to resolve the Justice Department's investigation into...

Beyond ROE: Investor Assessments Drill Deeper into Banks' Data
May 10, 2015 Looking past standard gauges of return on equity and return on assets, bank investors have wide opinions on what makes a bank...

Illinois Bank Becomes Fifth Failure in 2015
May 8, 2015 The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation closed the $90 million-asset Edgebrook Bank in Chicago on Friday.

MidWestOne to Press M&A Advantage in Minnesota
May 7, 2015 The company recently completed its purchase of Central Bancshares. Following a methodically spaced-out integration, management...

Ex-Wilmington Trust Execs Face Civil, Criminal Charges
May 6, 2015 Four former officers of Wilmington Trust have been charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused...

Bank CFOs Go from Bean Counters to Bulwarks
May 3, 2015 If banking is under attack, then chief financial officers are the defenders of the realm. Equipped with the numbers, they are...

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