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

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...

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...

Hillary Clinton: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 Former New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is well known to most players in the political world. Though...

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,...

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...

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...

Ben Carson: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon, soared to near the top of the pack of Republican presidential candidates in polling, only...

Jeb Bush: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has had a rough campaign. He started out in the summer of 2015 as the heavy favorite, swelled...

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...

Chris Christie: The Candidate and the Issues (Detail Page)
January 25, 2016 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has garnered a reputation as a straight-talking, moderate Republican. Though he performed well...