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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.

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PE Firm's Rules: Invest in Experience, Be Wary of Online Lenders
July 29, 2016 The private equity firm GTCR is interested in fintech companies looking to disrupt the status quo, so long as they have proved...

Cyberattack-Weary Bankers Roll Their Eyes as Trump Goads Hackers
July 27, 2016 The cybersecurity climate is already an all-hands-on-deck situation, so one more threat even one prompted by one of...

As Banking Goes Digital, How Much Does Geography Still Matter?
July 20, 2016 Amalgamated Bank and Banco Popular, financial institutions with niche appeal, are rolling out national online platforms,...

BBVA's Outside Venture Fund Backs Retirement Startup
July 19, 2016 Propel Venture Partners, the venture capital firm backed by BBVA, led a $7 million investment round in Guideline, a fintech...

Picking the Brain of Wells Fargo's (Likely) Next CEO
June 16, 2016 Tim Sloan, president and COO at Wells Fargo, is widely viewed as next in line to take over as CEO of the bank. He discussed...

Will Siri Force Industry's Hand on Banking-by-Voice?
June 15, 2016 Banks will likely take a wait-and-see approach before connecting their apps to Siri, Apple's talking digital assistant. Such...

B of A's Bessant on AI, Blockchain, Patents and Swift
June 8, 2016 Throw Cathy Bessant of Bank of America a question about a hot tech topic, and she's got answers. Blockchain? She loves it but...

Direct-Banking 'Architect' Now Retail Head at Associated of Wis.
June 6, 2016 Associated Banc-Corp in Green Bay, Wis., has promoted Brent R. Tischler to the newly created position of director of retail...

The Aussie Behind the App
May 30, 2016 In this quick Q&A, Gavin Michael, the 51-year-old head of digital for JPMorgan Chase's retail unit, talks about his favorite...

Digital Banker of the Year: JPMorgan Chase's Gavin Michael
May 30, 2016 With initiatives like its adoption of Touch ID last year, Chase is setting the bar for the industry on digital innovation.

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...

Why Banking the Middle Class Is No Longer Profitable
Regulatory burdens (particularly the Durbin interchange cap), stubbornly low interest rates and a slow, expensive transition from branch to digital banking mean only the wealthy and the desperate are attractive customers, says Todd Baker of Broadmoor Consulting.
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