Rob Blackwell

Washington Bureau Chief

American Banker

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

Is New DOJ Policy to Target Execs a Sham?
September 10, 2015 The Justice Department's announcement that it would target individual executives at banks and other companies that are being...

Shelby Tries End-Run Around Dems to Pass Reg Relief
July 22, 2015 Just a day after the Dodd-Frank Act's fifth anniversary, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby launched a new...

'Stealth' GSE Reform: Two Major Changes in Shelby's Reg Relief Bill
May 19, 2015 Lost in the debate so far over Shelby's regulatory relief bill are the significant changes it makes to the housing finance...

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...

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,...

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...

Future of Home Loan Banks Tied to Seattle-Des Moines Merger Talks
August 4, 2014 The proposed merger of the Home Loan banks in Seattle and Des Moines could spur massive consolidation among their sister...

Four Takeaways from JPMorgan’s $13B Mortgage Settlement
October 21, 2013 The record settlement has significant implications for the financial industry, but they may not be what casual observers expect.

Four Predictions About the Future of Housing Finance Reform
September 26, 2013 Forecasting the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is always a tricky business.

New QRM Plan Has Many Exceptions to Water It Down
September 4, 2013 The risk retention requirement was supposed to ensure lenders had "skin in the game" when making mortgages.

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