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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

Four Reasons Why Clinton Gets So Much Bank Cash
February 4, 2016 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is increasingly on the defensive when asked why so many banks and hedge funds on Wall...

CFPB, DOJ Force Toyota to Cap Car Dealer Discretion, Pay $22M
February 2, 2016 The CFPB notched another victory in its effort to limit dealer discretion after Toyota Motor Credit Corp. agreed to cut in...

Reg Relief, Fintech Rules Are Top Banker Priorities in New Poll
January 29, 2016 In an exclusive survey of bankers nationwide, American Banker found that regulatory relief and ensuring fintech companies...

Details Page: Marco Rubio
January 25, 2016 Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is a business-friendly Republican who some view as the most viable potential threat in a general...

Details Page: Bernie Sanders
January 25, 2016 The senator from Vermont and avowed "Democratic socialist" is unlikely to prevail in his campaign against Hillary Clinton, but...

Details Page: Donald Trump
January 25, 2016 Unlike traditional campaigns, the New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has eschewed providing details on most issues,...

Details Page: Ted Cruz
January 25, 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, elected in 2012, has quickly made himself a household name as a staunch Tea Party conservative. He’s...

Details Page: John Kasich
January 25, 2016 John Kasich, the governor of Ohio and former chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the only presidential candidate with...

Details Page: Hillary Clinton
January 25, 2016 Former New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is well known to most players in the political world. Though...

Details Page: Jeb Bush
January 25, 2016 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has had a rough campaign. He started out in the summer of 2015 as the heavy favorite, swelled...

Details Page: Ben Carson
January 25, 2016 Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon, soared to near the top of the pack of Republican presidential candidates in polling, only...

Details Page: Chris Christie
January 25, 2016 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has garnered a reputation as a straight-talking, moderate Republican. Though he’s performed...

Details Page: Carly Fiorina
January 25, 2016 Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, has boosted her chances thanks to several strong debate...

Bernie Sanders' Bank Breakup Plan Is Simply Cuckoo
January 7, 2016 In theory, Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to use Section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Act to break up the big banks sounds plausible. In...

Oxley's Legacy Goes Far Beyond the Law that Bears His Name
January 4, 2016 The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is important, but it barely scratches the surface of former House Financial Services Committee...

FHFA Unveils Duty-to-Serve Requirements for Fannie, Freddie
December 15, 2015 The Federal Housing Finance Agency unveiled a new proposal Tuesday that would detail how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should...

Why GOP Debate Was a Bad Sign for Big Banks
November 11, 2015 There were at least two bad omens for large banks in the Republican debate held late Tuesday — even the most business-friendly...

Why that Orwellian Anti-CFPB Ad Could Backfire
November 10, 2015 Bankers are likely to cheer an ad from a conservative group portraying the CFPB as a Stalinist bureaucracy bent on denying...

An Annotated Guide to Clinton's Wall Street Reform Plan
October 8, 2015 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s first major speech on Wall Street reform Thursday is unlikely to...

Shelby Questions Role of FSB in U.S. Bank Policy
September 30, 2015 Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby sent a letter to regulators this week raising concerns about the role of the...