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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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Community Banker Leaves Sons a Tech Legacy, Not Legacy Tech
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Skipping New Servers, Colo. Bank Goes Big in the Cloud
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One Place Where Fintech Isn't Trending: Bank Earnings Calls
January 26, 2016 Fintech is a chic topic at Davos, but it's barely a blip on the radar of analysts who lock in on hard numbers during earnings...

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Higher Expenses Weigh Down Wintrust's 4Q Profit
January 19, 2016 Wintrust Financial's fourth-quarter earnings fell 7% from a year earlier, to $35.5 million, as a revenue surge failed to...

Fintech Came Knocking in '15; How Will Banks Answer?
January 4, 2016 The blockchain could move from testing to reality, APIs are likely to expand, and more functions will move to the cloud as...

Community Banker of the Year: Eastern Bank's Richard Holbrook
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Thinking Like a Tech Startup in a Distinctly Establishment Business
December 7, 2015 The core-processing vendor FIS wants to dream big like fintech startups when it comes to developing future services, but it...

Bank Consortium CEO Wants to Build the Microsoft of Blockchains
November 30, 2015 R3 CEV thinks it is better positioned than other blockchain startups to provide products that banks will use. Why? It is...

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November 18, 2015 U.S. Bank recently updated its mobile app to a system that would allow it to react more quickly to new technology. It's going...

Legacy Systems Threaten Banks More than Startups: RBC Head McKay
November 11, 2015 Royal Bank of Canada's chief executive, Dave McKay, says the company could roll out a loyalty system kept on a blockchain next...

Why More Banks Will Spin Off Internal Tech
November 5, 2015 Financial institutions are often thought of as major consumers of technology, but a pair of recent examples show that more...

Innovation Is More of a Cultural Revolution for Banks Like BNY Mellon
November 2, 2015 Virun Rampersad, the guy in charge of global innovation for the 230-year-old BNY Mellon, is more banker than technologist, and...

With Chase Pay, JPM Stakes Claim in Uncertain Mobile Future
October 27, 2015 JPMorgan Chase entered the digital wallet wars in announcing Chase Pay, a product that will launch next year. Although mobile...

You're Fired, Stick Around: SunTrust's IT Severance Clause Debacle
October 23, 2015 SunTrust has removed a clause from its severance agreement that laid-off employees claimed would have put them on call for two...

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How the Top Bank Tech Vendors Tackle the Innovator's Dilemma
October 14, 2015 The chiefs of Fiserv, FIS and TCS Financial Solutions explain how they continue meeting customers' current needs while...