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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

Community Banker of the Year: Hope Bancorp's Kevin S. Kim
December 4, 2016 Kevin S. Kim thought he was joining a bank board to bring youth to an aging slate of directors. Eight years, four acquisitions...

Commerce Pick Wilbur Ross: Bank Flipper, Critic of U.S. Regulators
November 29, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump's imminent choice for Commerce secretary is a billionaire investor who swooped in to prop up...

How JPM Makes Tech Partnerships Work
November 28, 2016 JPMorgan Chase seeks to reshape its business through technology, but there is a natural gap between the megabank and Silicon...

Koch Industries Investing $2B in Cloud Software Vendor
November 16, 2016 The global conglomerate Koch Industries plans to invest $2 billion in Infor, an enterprise software provider for various...

SunTrust Pursues Tech Edge in Commercial Banking
November 11, 2016 Banks like SunTrust are looking to tech as a way to gain an edge in commercial lending, an area of banking where innovation...

Credit Card Disputes Go Mobile at Citi
November 2, 2016 Citigroup customers can now dispute credit card charges through its app, one of several mobile enhancements rolled out by the...

Why Giants of Silicon Valley Invested in a Community Bank
November 1, 2016 Disintermediation is so five years ago, according to Cross River Bank in New Jersey. It just raised $28 million from Silicon...

How Tech Can Make Banking More Inclusive
October 24, 2016 The new Spanish-language settings on B of A's app, USAA's new voice-guided remote-deposit capture and moves by others show how...

Women in Banking: Warren vs. White; Men on Work-Life Balance
October 20, 2016 Mary Mack is beginning damage control as she overhauls Wells' sales culture; Dorothy Savarese talks diversity of bank sizes as...

Compliance, Security and Mobile Top Bank's Tech Spending List
October 5, 2016 Banks are expected to spend more on technology in the coming year, with the cash earmarked for things like upgrading mobile...

The Magic of Fintech
October 5, 2016 Fintech not only solves problems for banks and their customers, it also helped break a curse.

Tech, Love and Understanding
October 5, 2016 There were bound to be growing pains in the friendship between banks and fintech. Bankers plugged into the world of innovation...

How a Lending Circle Architect Became a 'Genius'
October 4, 2016 Mission Asset Fund has helped people build their credit by formalizing the informality of lending circles. The John D. and...

B of A's Cathy Bessant Helps Create a Technology Badge for Girl Scouts
September 25, 2016 A lot of what Cathy Bessant knows about directing a team can be traced back to her days as patrol leader of her Girl Scouts...

Analytics Advice from Top Bank Data Officers
September 9, 2016 Overseers of banks' data analytics strategies share their thoughts on what other industries do a good job with data, how banks...

Data Mining and the 'Creepy' Factor
September 7, 2016 Who knows more about customers than banks? With great data comes great responsibility, though. Banks are expected to show...

IBM Exec Headed to JPM to Oversee Cloud Development
August 24, 2016 JPMorgan Chase has recruited an IBM executive to oversee its adoption of cloud services.

How Technology Is Reshaping Banks' Response to Crises
August 24, 2016 With flooding in a big portion of its market, Iberiabank executives detail how technology is helping it stay open for business...

Banks Play Growing Role in Funding Fintech
August 17, 2016 Banks have found a novel way to fend off fintech’s plans to take them down: they are funding it. A new report shows corporate...

Battle for Talent Heats Up as Digital Banking Becomes Paramount
August 16, 2016 Citigroup lost a big technology executive last week and hired another from JPMorgan Chase. Then word surfaced that JPMorgan...

Podcast
In this episode of Breaking Banks: American Banker's Innovator of the Year, John Hope Bryant of Operation Hope; Richard Brown and Charley Cooper of the blockchain consortium R3; and Ravi Srinivasan, who describes India's drastic move to stamp out cash.