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

U.S. Bank Chief Defends His Optimistic Economic Outlook
October 22, 2014 Richard Davis, the head of U.S. Bancorp, is generally known for conservative, reliable guidance, but he is sticking by his...

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...

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