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

FHFA Approves First Voluntary Home Loan Bank Merger
December 22, 2014 The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Monday it has approved the merger of the Federal Home Loan banks of Des Moines and...

Battle Over Swaps Repeal Continues as TRIA Extension Falters
December 12, 2014 It proved to be another chaotic day on Capitol Hill Friday as lawmakers continued to battle over a controversial swaps...

Why Citi May Soon Regret Its Big Victory on Capitol Hill
December 11, 2014 On its face, the House vote late Thursday to approve a spending bill that included an unrelated provision written by Citigroup...

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...