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

CIT-OneWest Deal Shows Value of Core Funding
July 29, 2014 CIT Group's deal for OneWest is further proof that buyers are increasingly eyeing deposits, not assets, as they prepare for an...

Opus in Calif. Reports 44% Increase in Loans
July 28, 2014 Opus Bank's expansion into new areas of lending helped pushed its loans up 44% in the second quarter from a year earlier.

Pro-Environment GreenChoice Bank in Chicago Fails
July 25, 2014 GreenChoice Bank in Chicago is the fourteenth failure this year. An investment group seeking to establish an environmentally...

Rockport Shareholders Approve Merger with Institution for Savings
July 23, 2014 A deal between two Massachusetts banks is expected to close ahead of schedule after the selling bank's shareholders approved...

Pan American in Los Angeles Rescued by Band of Banks
July 22, 2014 Sixteen banks, along with John Eggemeyer and Tim Chrisman, raised $6.3 million to keep the Hispanic-focused bank from failing.

Two Clashing Takes on the Future of Commercial Lending
July 16, 2014 Bank of America executives downplayed expectations about commercial lending and warned about the dangers of lowering prices to...

The Wonky Metric Making JPM Execs Giddy About the Second Half
July 15, 2014 Add JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon as a member of the league of extraordinarily optimistic bank executives, but a figure deep...

Dimon Reassures Investors on JPM's Succession Plan and His Health
July 15, 2014 JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, recently diagnosed with throat cancer, told analysts that the Wall Street bank...

Bank M&A on Pace for Best Year Since 2008
July 10, 2014 A spike in smaller deals, along with improved premiums, is providing hope that buyers and sellers are finally coming together...

Remembering Easton Bank CEO Michael Menzies
July 9, 2014 The Maryland banker and former ICBA chair was a champion for changing how the FDIC assessed fees years before the Dodd-Frank...

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