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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

Build Your Own Bank? SVB Lets Customers Do Just That
August 25, 2015 Standard Treasury, the startup that Silicon Valley Bank absorbed this month, is helping create software gateways for the...

N.J. Bank's Secret to Building Loyalty: Don't Be All Business
August 25, 2015 An employee committee that goes by the name CHEER has one mission: make the $1.5 billion-asset Boiling Springs Savings Bank a...

One Banker's Job: Make Co-Workers' Dreams Come True
August 25, 2015 Tim Colvin used to make consumer loans at Community Trust Bank. Now, as the bank's "dream manager," he spends his workday...

Green Lending Policies Evolve Beyond Avoiding Coal
August 18, 2015 Rather than simply considering whether a prospective borrower's business contributes to climate change, banks are slowly...

FIS-SunGard Deal Capitalizes on Banks' Need for Vendor Simplicity
August 12, 2015 The $9.1 billion acquisition of SunGard Data Systems would deepen FIS' bench in banking and asset management services and add...

Envestnet-Yodlee Deal Shows Convergence of Wealth, PFM Worlds
August 10, 2015 The acquisition of Yodlee, considered PFM's pioneering firm, would cement Envestnet's capability to serve an emerging demand...

Biting the Bullet on a Core Conversion
August 10, 2015 Community Trust in Ruston, La., took the rare step of replacing its hodgepodge legacy core system. The move should cut...

Fact-Checking Rubio's Claims About Bank Closures Since Dodd-Frank
August 7, 2015 The number of banks has fallen just 18% nationwide in the five years since Dodd-Frank became law, far less than the 40% figure...

Ellie Mae Adds Integration with Fannie Mae Mortgage Review Tech
July 23, 2015 Ellie Mae will add new integrations of Fannie Mae's automated loan review technology to its loan origination system to help...

Private Equity Firm Sees Upside in Small Banks' Compliance Pain
July 22, 2015 Buyout heavyweight Accel-KKR just bought a stake in Banker's Toolbox, a software company that helps community banks flag...

Chase Includes News Feed as Draw to Revamped Site
July 17, 2015 JPMorgan Chase is set to launch its new homepage on Sunday, marking its first major overhaul of Chase.com since 2012. The new...

Meta Financial to Buy Tax Refund Software Firm
July 17, 2015 Meta Financial Group in Sioux Falls, S.D., has agreed to buy Fort Knox Financial Services, a software firm that helps...

What the Hacking Team Breach Shows About Bank Vendor Risk
July 16, 2015 The leak of documents from the surveillance software and "ethical hacking" firm Hacking Team revealed that some foreign banks...

JPMorgan Is Poised to Pay Up for Deposits When Rates Rise
July 14, 2015 Banks better get ready for a quick, steep increase in deposit costs after the Fed raises rates. Technology, new regulations...

BB&T's M&A Bonus Could Prompt Others to Craft Similar Plans
July 10, 2015 BB&T's top executives are set to get up to $2.6 million in bonuses if the Susquehanna deal goes well. While viewed as a good...

Moment by Moment: How a Day of Outages Played Out
July 8, 2015 As technological problems forced the New York Stock Exchange to grind to a halt Wednesday, financial services insiders and...

Global Fight for Commercial-Banking Customers Goes High-Tech
July 2, 2015 ING recently launched its InsideBusiness platform, which aims to allow corporate clients to do things like manage their global...

Small Banks Are Unfairly Hit by Rates, Regulation, Bair Says
July 2, 2015 The former FDIC chairman said during a recent conference call that banks with a traditional model — essentially community...

Green Dot's Netflix Cameo Mimics Real-World Fraud
July 1, 2015 Green Dot MoneyPak cards were phased out late last year because of fraud concerns, but they are finding a new life on Netflix....

ING's Future in U.S. Commercial Lending Tied to Energy Boom
June 29, 2015 Several years have passed since ING's high-profile sale of its U.S. online-banking business, but it quietly remained an...