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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Will Tech Advances Hurt the Underbanked?
It's long been assumed that technology will help the financially underserved access the banking services they need. Christine Duhaime, founder of the Digital Financial Institute, a fintech think-tank, says this assumption is wrong.
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