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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's Treasury Pick Says GSEs Must Return to Private Sector
November 30, 2016 Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin wasted no time Wednesday joining one of the thorniest debates in the financial...

Mnuchin Pick for Treasury May Signal Moderate Approach to Reform
November 29, 2016 Much like President-elect Donald Trump himself, Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin represents something of a question...

Cheat Sheet: A Guide to President-Elect Trump's Views on Key Issues
November 9, 2016 The New York real estate mogul Donald Trump defied all conventional wisdom by winning the presidency, a huge upset that is...

Cheat Sheet: What CFPB Constitutionality Ruling Means for Banks
October 11, 2016 The ramifications for a U.S. Court of Appeals decision against the CFPBs constitutionality go far beyond just the agencys...

IBM Shakes Up AI Race for Banking by Buying Promontory
September 29, 2016 IBM will purchase Promontory Financial Group a consultancy so influential it has been dubbed the industry's "shadow...

Phony Accounts Go Beyond Wells Fargo, Policymakers Fear
September 20, 2016 Policymakers repeatedly said during a Senate Banking hearing Tuesday that Wells' mistakes couldn't be blamed as the company...

Is Wells Fargo Too Big to Manage?
September 14, 2016 The revelation of widespread fraud at Wells Fargo branches suggests that no matter how well run a large bank appears to be, it...

CFPB Reform 'Dead on Arrival' Thanks to Wells Fargo
September 13, 2016 The revelation that thousands of Wells Fargo employees committed what amounted to fraud just put the final nail in the coffin...

Clinton Pledges to Cut Small Bank Regs, Embrace Fintech
August 23, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton renewed her pledge Tuesday to cut regulations for community banks and credit...

Can Clinton Deliver Reg Relief to Small Banks? Don't Bet On It
August 23, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton again pledged Tuesday to grant relief to small banks and credit unions if...

The Fed's Disastrous Facebook Page Launch
August 22, 2016 The Federal Reserve Board launched a Facebook page last week and it went about as well as you would think. Social media...

Energy Sector Trips Up Shared Credits
July 29, 2016 Despite efforts by regulators and banks to improve underwriting of commercial leveraged loans, the number of troubled large...

Pence VP Pick Could Shape Trump's Banking Policy
July 14, 2016 The selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump's running mate could clarify the presumptive Republican nominee's...

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...

Podcast
In this episode of Breaking Banks: American Banker's Innovator of the Year, John Hope Bryant of Operation Hope; Richard Brown and Charley Cooper of the blockchain consortium R3; and Ravi Srinivasan, who describes India's drastic move to stamp out cash.