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A Review of Wells Fargo's Subprime Lending

April 1, 2004
Mortgage Lending
Research

Wall Street analysts praise Wells Fargo's revenue and sales growth, diversification, distribution/marketing prowess, and standout risk management. Despite Wells Fargo's success, there appear to be serious trouble spots in its subprime mortgage lending, particularly the predatory practices of Wells Fargo Financial (WFF) that victimize low-wealth consumers. While these practices have been criticized by community groups since the mid-1990s, they apparently have been tolerated by Wells Fargo management because of the unit's profitability.