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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

Game-Changing Provision Added to Reg Relief Bill
July 24, 2015 Sen. Susan Collins successfully added a measure to an appropriations bill that would allow the FDIC, OCC and Fed to exempt...

GOP Advances End-Run: Funding Panel OKs Reg Relief
July 23, 2015 The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill designed to fund certain government agencies, but which also included a...

Shelby Tries End-Run Around Dems to Pass Reg Relief
July 22, 2015 Just a day after the Dodd-Frank Act's fifth anniversary, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby launched a new...

Treasury Eyes Risk-Retention Requirements for Marketplace Lenders
July 16, 2015 The Treasury Department launched an inquiry into the marketplace lending industry on Thursday, seeking information on its...

Regulation Hurting Commercial Loans, Banks Tell Fed
July 15, 2015 Although overall lending was a bright spot in the Federal Reserve Board's report on economic activity released Wednesday, some...

In Strategic Shift, ABA Taps Policy Pro as Next CEO
May 27, 2015 The American Bankers Association announced that Rob Nichols, head of the Financial Services Forum and a former top Treasury...

OCC Will Not Review JPM, Citi Charters in Wake of Criminal Plea
May 21, 2015 The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has no plans to review the charters of JPMorgan Chase or Citicorp following...

'Stealth' GSE Reform: Two Major Changes in Shelby's Reg Relief Bill
May 19, 2015 Lost in the debate so far over Shelby's regulatory relief bill are the significant changes it makes to the housing finance...

Key Details Emerge on Shelby's Reg Relief Bill
May 11, 2015 Sen. Richard Shelby's bill isn't public yet, but sources indicate it could simplify capital standards for small banks, raise...

Harry Potter Author Names Key Character 'Elizabeth Warren'
May 11, 2015 In responding to a fan Monday on Twitter, Rowling was asked the full name of the character "Moaning Myrtle," a ghost that...

Senate Banking Committee Delays Vote on Reg Relief
May 8, 2015 Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby announced Friday he was pushing back a planned vote on regulatory relief...

The Seven Risks that Could Aggravate the Next Crisis
April 29, 2015 Individual rules put in place after the financial crisis have made some large banks safer, but the number and complexity of...

Cheat Sheet: Why Google Wallet's FDIC Insurance Matters to Banks
April 20, 2015 Google will provide deposit insurance backing for funds stored with its wallet service, positioning the technology giant along...

With GE Capital Wind-Down, Regulators Notch a Big Win
April 10, 2015 General Electric's decision to sell most of its financial assets marks the most prominent victory in regulators' quest to...

President of Top Big-Bank Trade Group Stepping Down
March 26, 2015 Paul Saltzman, the head of The Clearing House Association who helped to significantly raise the trade group's profile in...

Durbin Tries Again on Student Loan Cramdown Bill
March 12, 2015 WASHINGTON Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., renewed his push Thursday to allow bankruptcy judges to cram down private student...

What Will Happen at the Fed After Tarullo Leaves?
March 5, 2015 Much of the Fed's decidedly more hawkish view on bank regulation stems from Gov. Daniel Tarullo, and some reform advocates...

How Yellen Threw a Key Fed Staffer Under the Bus
February 26, 2015 During Congressional testimony this week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen was sharply questioned about remarks made by Fed General...

The Easy Legislative Fix that Could Save Community Banks
February 23, 2015 Sheila Bair, the former chairman of the FDIC, has the answer for significantly reducing the regulatory burden on small banks:...

B of A, U.S. Bank to Appear at Obama's Cyber Summit
February 11, 2015 Top executives from Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, American Express, MasterCard, Microsoft and Apple are expected to...