Rob Blackwell

Washington Bureau Chief

Rob Blackwell is the Washington Bureau Chief for American Banker. He has covered the financial services arena for more than a decade, working first as a reporter covering the GSEs, the banking regulators, and anti-money laundering, among other topics, and later as an editor during the worst crisis since the Great Depression.

He helped American Banker win a Jesse H. Neal Award for its coverage of deposit insurance reform, and has appeared on BBC, CNBC and C-SPAN as an expert on regulatory policy. His Twitter handle is @ABWashBureau

Recent Stories From this Author

Why The New York Times Is Wrong About Apple Pay
September 10, 2014 The New York Times' Neil Irwin says Apple Pay is trying to solve a problem that isn't a problem, but he’s missing the point.

Regulators Near Release of Final Liquidity Rule
August 15, 2014 Federal regulators are aiming to finalize a rule in early September that would establish the first-ever liquidity requirement...

The Bank Regulatory System's a Nightmare, and It's Not Going to Change
August 5, 2014 President Obama became the latest policymaker to wish he could make the regulatory system simpler and more efficient. Yet...

Future of Home Loan Banks Tied to Seattle-Des Moines Merger Talks
August 4, 2014 The proposed merger of the Home Loan banks in Seattle and Des Moines could spur massive consolidation among their sister...

Seattle, Des Moines Home Loan Banks Weigh Merger
July 31, 2014 If finalized and then approved by regulators, the combination of the Des Moines and Seattle Home Loan banks would be the first...

CFPB Seeks to Publish More Details on Consumer Complaints
July 16, 2014 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a proposal Wednesday that would allow it to publish more information about...

The Next Crisis: “Too Big to Fail,” Financial Stability and the Uncertain Future
July 13, 2014 Four years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, it remains unclear if regulators and the industry are better prepared to...

Regulators Fail Both Subsidiaries of River Valley Bancorp
June 23, 2014 Regulators seized the two subsidiaries of Iowa-based River Valley Bancorp. on Friday, one in Illinois and the other in Florida.

CFPB Employee Rating Disparities Go Beyond Just Race, Agency Says
May 19, 2014 An internal report released Monday showed "statistically significant disparities" in staff evaluations based not just on race,...

Warner Delivers Dire Warning on Failure to Enact GSE Reform
May 15, 2014 The normally even-keeled moderate Sen. Mark Warner warned fellow Democrats voting against a housing finance reform that when...

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