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

Ex-FDIC Chief Bair Joins Law Firm as Senior Adviser
November 26, 2014 Sheila Bair, a former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has agreed to serve as a senior adviser to the law firm...

Dudley's Awful Metaphor and What It Means for the Fed
November 21, 2014 New York Fed President William Dudley insisted Friday that regulators are more like "fire wardens" than "cops on the beat."...

Four Takeaways for Banks from the GOP's Sweeping Election Victory
November 5, 2014 While many banks are cheering Republicans' success in the midterm elections, the results may not be as transformative as they...

Obama's Chip-and-PIN Move Is 'Meaningless,' Analysts Say
October 17, 2014 An executive order signed by President Obama on Friday that mandated the adoption of chip-and-PIN technology in government...

Regulators to Finalize Long-Awaited Risk Retention Rule
October 15, 2014 Regulators will unveil a long-awaited final rule next week that requires lenders to retain some of the risk for loans they...

Which Is the Next Home Loan Bank to Seek a Merger?
October 14, 2014 As the Seattle and Des Moines Home Loan banks inch closer to the first successful voluntary merger in the system's history,...

Better Data Needed to Prevent Next Crisis: FSOC
October 6, 2014 Regulators unveiled plans Monday to broaden the use of "Legal Entity Identifiers" and launch a pilot program designed to get...

NY Fed Exposé Matters, But Not as Much as You Think
September 30, 2014 The investigative story alleging weak supervision by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has sent shockwaves through the...

Seattle, Des Moines FHLBs Strike Deal to Merge
September 25, 2014 The Federal Home Loan banks of Seattle and Des Moines announced Thursday that their boards have unanimously approved a...

Why The New York Times Is Wrong About Apple Pay
September 10, 2014 The New York Times' Neil Irwin says Apple Pay is trying to solve a problem that isn't a problem, but he’s missing the point.