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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

Trump Pounces on 'Sellout' Warren, Accusing Her of Hypocrisy
June 27, 2016 Donald Trump's campaign claimed that while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has criticized the New York real estate businessman...

Brexit 'Extraordinarily Dangerous' for U.S. Banks
June 24, 2016 After the United Kingdom's surprising vote to exit the European Union, the financial markets are in turmoil and U.S. banks are...

Durbin Slams Visa Over 'De-Conversion Assessment' Fee
June 7, 2016 Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wrote to Visa on Tuesday to denounce an alleged new fee assessed by the company on credit and debit...

Warren Calls CFPB Payday Plan 'Not Perfect,' But Vows to Defend It
June 2, 2016 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Thursday she would fight back against...

Regulators Set to Release Long-Term Liquidity Plan
April 22, 2016 Federal regulators are set to release Tuesday a long-awaited proposal to require the biggest banks to retain more liquidity to...

You'll Never Get Real Oversight of the CFPB This Way
March 18, 2016 House Financial Services Committee members asked CFPB Director Richard Cordray tough questions this week but they let their...

CFPB Takes First Step Toward Regulating Marketplace Lenders
March 7, 2016 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's move to collect complaints about online marketplace lenders is a sure sign it is...

CFPB Sets Sights on Marketplace Lenders
March 7, 2016 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking aim at marketplace lenders, announcing Monday that it is accepting...

The Trouble with Trump for Bankers
March 1, 2016 In almost any other election cycle, bankers would be celebrating the fact that a Republican candidate has emerged so far in...

How Would Banks Handle a Trump Nomination?
February 26, 2016 Love him or hate him, Trump provokes strong reactions from much of the electorate, bankers included. His volatile temperament...

How Sanders' Bank Plan Would Kill Credit Availability for the Poor
February 9, 2016 Sen. Bernie Sanders' victory in New Hampshire will undoubtedly boost his campaign, but his plan to cap interest rates for...

Bernie Sanders: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
February 7, 2016 The senator from Vermont and avowed "Democratic socialist" is unlikely to prevail in his campaign against Hillary Clinton, but...

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...

Marco Rubio: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
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...

John Kasich: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 John Kasich, the governor of Ohio and former chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the only presidential candidate with...

Ted Cruz: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, elected in 2012, has quickly made himself a household name as a staunch Tea Party conservative. Hes...

Donald Trump: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 Unlike traditional campaigns, the New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has eschewed providing details on most issues,...

Carly Fiorina: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, was broadly critical of the Dodd-Frank Act and regulation in...

FICO on Why Its Scores Are Still Relevant
Marketplace lenders have been declaring "FICO-free Zones" and playing down the need for the longstanding measure of creditworthiness. FICO CEO Will Lansing explains how the company's score is evolving and why he believes FICO remains the best (not necessarily the only) way to determine ability to repay a loan.
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