Terry Corbell, The Biz Coach
By Terry Corbell
Business Consultant

Warren Buffett Still Supports Wells Fargo Despite Scandals



May 5, 2018 –


Billionaire investor Warren Buffett thinks Wells Fargo is a good investment even after the bank’s scandal history.

“The fact that you are going to have problems at some large institutions is not unique,” Buffett said in an interview at his annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

The latest scandal emerged in a report by The Wall Street Journal.

It stated the U.S. Labor Department is investigating whether Wells Fargo coerced its customers who had affordable corporate 401(k) accounts to swap them for higher priced IRA plans once they exited their jobs or retired.

Want proof of Mr. Buffett’s loyalty to the bank? Here’s a video of Fox Business anchor Liz Claman interviewing Mr. Buffett:

History of scandals

Mr. Buffett’s support of Wells Fargo raised eyebrows because Wells Fargo has been mired in a quicksand of disgraceful behaviors.

For instance, the financial institution was hit with a $1-billion fine after it was learned the bank charged customers for unneeded car insurance, pushing some customers to default on loans and having their cars repossessed.

The Federal Reserve has also reprimanded Wells Fargo over “consumer abuse.”

In 2016, Wells Fargo created millions of fraudulent accounts without their customers’ permission. CEO John Stumpf immediately resigned. He was replaced by CFO and President Tim Sloan.

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mr. Buffet believes Well Fargo’s wrongdoing was merely urging its employees to create the accounts.

Wells Fargo’s leadership

The Oracle of Omaha thinks the scandals won’t hurt the bank long term as long as Mr. Sloan remains as CEO.

“I see no reason why Wells Fargo as a company…going forward is in any way inferior to the other big banks with which it competes,” he said. “We have a large unrealized gain (in the stock). I like it as an investment.”

The bank traded at $52.41 per share the day before Mr. Buffett’s interview with Ms. Claman.

Let’s hope Mr. Buffett proves to be right.

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“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower


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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.




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