Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Wells Fargo told to halt expansion

Wells Fargo told to halt expansion

In a prepared statement, the Federal Reserve said it could not tolerate the persistent and pervasive misconduct at any US bank and those consumers hurt by Wells Fargo expect that comprehensive and robust reforms will be implemented to make certain the abuses will never occur again.

Federal Reserve officials didn't say it was specifically planned for Yellen's last day - and they said the bank agreed to the terms on Friday afternoon.

Wells Fargo became engulfed in scandal in 2016 after admitting its employees had opened 3.5 million phony deposit accounts and lines of credit without clients' knowledge as part of high-pressure retail sales tactics the bank touted to investors but has since repudiated. The company kept coming under fire after revealing that auto-loan clients were forced to pay for unwanted vehicle insurance and that mortgage customers were improperly charged fees.

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The Fed set a September 30 deadline for the bank to outline reforms and have them reviewed by an outside firm.

"We want to have this cap lifted as soon as possible". It projected profits might be cut by as much as $400 million, or less than 2 percent of last year's $22.2 billion of net income.

Wells Fargo, because of this restriction, is planning to replace three of its directors before April and one more before the end of 2018. She argued that the Fed could leave its key policy rate near zero for far longer than previously thought prudent. Until Wells Fargo tends to weaknesses in territories including interior oversight, it can't make any move that would help add up to resources past their level toward the finish of 2017, without the Fed's consent.

Emphasizing the need for improved director oversight of the firm, the Board has sent letters to each current Wells Fargo board member confirming that the firm's board of directors, during the period of compliance breakdowns, did not meet supervisory expectations. "The enforcement action we are taking today will ensure that Wells Fargo will not expand until it is able to do so safely and with the protections needed to manage all of its risks and protect its customers".

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