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Robert Barba

Robert Barba is the technology editor of American Banker and editor-in-chief of Bank Technology News. Prior to his move to the technology beat, Robert served as deputy editor of American Banker's dealmaking and strategy section. He joined American Banker in late 2007 as a community banking reporter, just in time for the financial crisis. Robert played a lead role in covering community banks' struggle for survival in the years following the downturn. Robert has appeared on Fox Business to discuss bank failures and the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program. Prior to joining American Banker, Robert was a general business reporter at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla. He began his career as a business desk intern at The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera. Robert is based in New York.

Recent Stories from This Author

Marketplace Lending Was Just What Banks Needed
May 11, 2016 Say what you will about these companies' longevity, were it not for the likes of Lending Club you wouldn't see banks like...

Money Transfer Startup Turns to Banks for Boost
May 4, 2016 TransferWise, which has been developing an anti-bank brand, now says it wants to partner with banks to expand its reach in the...

Delaware Gov. Pledges 'Balanced' Approach to Blockchain Regulation
May 2, 2016 The state of Delaware is looking to avoid prescriptive regulations when it comes to supervising blockhain companies, but...

Fifth Third Turns to P&G Veteran to Lead Innovation
April 28, 2016 Fifth Third Bancorp is turning to a veteran of the consumer goods industry to help shape its approach to innovation.

A Solution for Banking Cash-Intensive Businesses: Lose the Cash
April 25, 2016 Hypur, a startup seeking to help banks serve businesses deemed high compliance risks (e.g. marijuana), has recruited a former...

Are Fintech and Community Banks a Perfect Match?
April 22, 2016 Community banks are grappling with a quickly changing operating environment, but they might have some practical advantages...

Bank May License Fast-Loan Product Hatched in Lab
April 14, 2016 A month after introducing the Express Business Loan for its customers, Eastern Bank in Boston says it is in talks with several...

What Message Is Facebook Sending to Banks with Messenger Play?
April 13, 2016 Banks are starting to use Facebook Messenger as a way to connect with customers. For now, such interactions will be limited...

B of A's New Customer Reps: 'Chat Bots' on Facebook Messenger
April 13, 2016 Bank of America customers could soon interact with the bank via Facebook's Messenger app, the banking company said Tuesday.

Want to Open Your Bank to APIs? Not with That Mainframe, You Don't
April 11, 2016 Banks are slowly warming up to the idea of open APIs, essentially tools that allow banks to easily connect with others, but...

U.S. Bank Boosts Customer Ratings for Mobile App with Touch ID
April 1, 2016 Add U.S. Bank to the list of companies allowing its customers to access its mobile app through their thumbprint.

Facebook Co-Founder Bids for ID Vendor Jumio in Bankruptcy Auction
March 21, 2016 Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook, is set to buy the assets of Jumio in bankruptcy proceedings of the startup focused...

USAA Pairs with Startup on Data Aggregation Tools
March 15, 2016 Less than a year after investing in MX Technologies, USAA has partnered with the startup to provide personal financial...

JPMorgan Chase Takes Site Remodel Beyond Login Page
March 10, 2016 Eight months after it revamped its Chase Bank home page, JPMorgan Chase is beginning to roll out changes beyond the sign-in...

BBVA Acquires Small Business Platform in Finland
March 7, 2016 BBVA has acquired Holvi, a Finnish online business banking service.

Banks Are 'Grabbing in the Dark': Blockchain/Bitcoin VC Draper
March 4, 2016 Adam Draper of Boost VC talks about the rise of the blockchain, the challenges of the bitcoin world and the future of banking.

Investors Move Quickly to Back Mondo in U.K.
March 3, 2016 The British challenger bank Mondo raised $1.4 million in 96 seconds, it announced Thursday.

BankMobile Begins Podcast Series
March 3, 2016 BankMobile has launched a podcast series focused on financial literacy and self-help tips.

Moven Partners with Freelancers Union on Financial Literacy
February 24, 2016 Moven, one of the most talked-about startups of the fintech boom, is looking to spread financial education to the self-employed.

Ingo Money Partners with PayPal, Adds Instant Check-Splitting
February 23, 2016 Users of Ingo Money now can cash a check and instantly send the funds to multiple accounts via a smartphone, including PayPal...

'There Is No One Blockchain to Rule Them All'
Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, authors of "Blockchain Revolution," discuss the implications for banks of distributed ledger technology, the pros and cons of private blockchains compared to open networks, how DAOs might eliminate moral hazard, and more.