Wells Fargo Settles Cases Related To Shady Sales Practices

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,400 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

You may have missed it over the holidays, but there was some big news in the Wells Fargo sales scandal. The company finally reached a settlement with all 50 states regarding its shady business practices. This scandal revealed that the banking giant had been opening millions of accounts for customers who did NOT ask for them, in an effort to make sales goals and boost commissions for certain employees.

The latest settlement means that Wells Fargo will pay about $575 million to settle cases in all 50 states. That allows the company to move forward with less uncertainty about potential penalties and to focus on repairing their severely- damaged reputation.

The hefty outlay required to make these cases go away follows the more than $2 billion the company paid to the US DOJ to settle cases related to the 2008 financial crisis, $1 billion paid to the UYS Consumer Financial Protection Bureau related to mortgages and auto lending, $142 million to wronged customers in Northern California, and $480 million to shareholders harmed by the bank latest scandal.

Of course, all of these payouts can't help but effect the bottom line here, and investors have responded by beating down shares in the bank. For 2018, the trend was not good, and the bank shed tons of value. The bank continues to operate under asset restrictions set by the US Federal Reserve central bank.

RECOMMENDATION: ValuEngine continues its HOLD recommendation on Wells Fargo & Company for 2019-01-04. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that Wells Fargo & Company has the probability to ROUGHLY MATCH average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits ATTRACTIVE Company Size but UNATTRACTIVE Momentum.


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Adam Reynolds 1 year ago Member's comment

The question is, will these fines teach Wells Fargo learn to not pull these stunts again. $WFC