Wells Fargo Bank

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420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Wells Fargo Bank is a publicly traded bank that operates as a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, one of the largest financial holding companies in the world. The bank is one of the largest in the United States as measured by assets as well as deposits. With tens of millions of customers, thousands of retail branches and tens of thousands of ATMs, the bank’s presence is recognized in every state. It offers personal, small business, and commercial banking products and services, in addition to wealth management and investing advising.

On its personal banking side, Wells Fargo offers checking, savings, Money Market, Certificate of Deposit (CD) and IRA accounts, in addition to mortgage and consumer loans. One of its most popular checking account options comes with a debit card, as well as a monthly service fee unless minimum balance requirements are met. The bank pushes its student checking account in a combo package with its savings account to encourage saving, and Wells Fargo partners with colleges to provide students the ability to use its debit card for both on and off campus transactions. Savings account options come with minimal interest rates on basic savings, retirement savings, and even retirement savings accounts. Money Market accounts offered by the bank have a minimum daily balance requirement and come with very low interest rates. CDs are available in term lengths ranging from 3 to 58 months and a step up CD provides a way to increase the rate on a 24-month CD every 6 months for the life of the product.

A private bank is also available to provide customers wealth planning and trust solutions that are tailored to specific investor needs and goals. On its small business side, Wells Fargo offers loans and credit, business insurance, and merchant services like payment processing and tax help.

Wells Fargo Bank online banking is a secure banking platform on which customers can open and manage their accounts. The web-based system provides the ability to complete tasks like Bill Pay, money transfers, online brokerage, account activity viewing, direct deposit, and check image viewing. A mobile website (wf.com) provides an optimized Internet solution for customers to access their accounts from a web browser on any capable device. Mobile banking apps are also available and provide a more sophisticated way to bank on the run from various smartphone and tablet devices.

Wells Fargo Bank was originally established as the Crocker-Citizens National Bank in 1870, before transitioning to its current name in 1986. Since that time, the bank has rapidly acquired many financial institutions and divisions to become one of the largest companies in the world. Wells Fargo corporate headquarters are located in San Francisco, California, while Wells Fargo Bank is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The bank operates through thousands of branches located through the United States.

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Reviews (336)


Wells Fargo is a great bank !! If I overdraft and have a direct deposit coming the next day from my check they NEVER charge me an overdraft fee and if they do they reverse it automatically and send me an email. I also bank with Chase Bank and there is no Chase Bank in MN so if I overdraft for $3.00 they will still charge me for $35.00. They will only credit you once per year (as a customer courtesy !!). In the interim, if you overdraft with Chase Bank they will keep charging you -- their customer service is terrible !!!! Wells Fargo is the best bank around !!!!

"BANKING ERROR" - Refused To Close My Account And Release Funds

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I've been trying to close out my CD Time Account since January and have already done so twice "successfully" at this point, but both time they had no record of my call or the request to close out the account. The phone calls on my second attempt were all recorded on my end (with consent) and I am now curious to find out how many others there are out there that have the same issue. Did you call to close out you Wells Fargo account and go through the prompts only to find out that it was still active a few days or weeks later? Read below for my story.

I have been with WF for a decade and I have had multiple accounts. Current have Checking, Savings, Credit, and a 5-figure CD “Time Account” that was set to auto-renew on January 8, 2020. I called them within the 7-day grace period to close this account and transfer the funds to my Savings. Two weeks later I realized that my account was still active. I did not pay it much attention back then and I did not have an urgent need for the cash, but things were different this time around considering the pandemic. I needed my funds as I had a great investment opportunity and so when I called on July 9th (one day after it auto-renew), again they read me the screen prompt (the usual language when you close an account) and I agreed to it and the rep was aware that I was also screening the conversation on my end. I explained that this was the second time I'm calling and that this time I needed to feel secure because the money was supposed to be transferred to my checking and I made it clear I needed it ASAP so I could transfer to my TD Ameritrade investment account.

Come July 14, I had to call them again. My account was still active, and I could not believe that they had ZERO records/notes/documents of my call. They said it may take another day for my account to close and so I allowed them another 24 hours. This time I had it escalated to the Executive Office in Boise, Idaho and the case manager who took my case said she will review all records of my calls to see what went wrong as I demanded my money ASAP and WF continued to refuse as I lost HUGE GAINS on the stock I was to purchase. On July 23rd I got a notification that my account was finally closed out. I then contact the case manager and she notified me that it was 10000% an error by Wells Fargo and that someone should've contact me or done something. She listened to all my calls and admit that I did call Wells back in January to close out my account and multiple times in July. She understood my frustration and said that this is what they refer to as a "Banking Error". This is potentially a huge Class Action claim. I have spoken to a respectable attorney in California for a Class Action claim if others are involved. If it happened to me twice on the same account, 6 months apart, I feel like there could be hundreds, if not thousands of others out there with a similar situation. If you have had similar circumstances, please reach out to me, especially if you have incurred a loss as a result of Wells Fargo’s failure to close out your account after you called and instructed them to do so. Please continue to share your experience and look for additional information for me and this incident on other online forums so we can touch base.

I have since only received an apology from the case manager, but they did not attempt to compensate me for my losses that are in the 4-figure range. When I requested a transcript of the case, they said it is only available with a court subpoena.

Great Service, Nice App

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I needed a branch close to my house, as I closed Alaska FCU checking account, after 10 years, website was bad, out of date, no linking accounts, app doesnt let you deposit checks, it just didnt work anymore, and nearest branch is 40 minute drive from my house on a good day no traffic, as they closed the one nearest to me, so I decided to try Wells Fargo since most of my family banks there for years and have great comments to say about them. Wow, i am impressed, customer service is great, i called twice and super helpful and nice, mobile app is superb, on line UI nice. No issues so far, WF ATM about 5 min away so i never pay ATM fees. I can deposit cash, and use the app to deposit checks. I linked Ally Bank & WF and no issues (checking account at both). I also linked my HYSA (Marcus & Capital One) no issues. WF is very convenient for me. Alot of people are negative about WF, but so far so good.

Excellent Bank

I have been with wells fargo since 2008 and have never really had anuy issues any time i have any issues they are quick to help me out too



Health Grade Components

FDIC Certificate #3511
Year Established1870
Primary RegulatorOCC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD-0.1%
Return on Equity - YTD-1%
Annual Interest Income$24.52B
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$1,799.9B$1,699.8B
LoansQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$914.8B$919.9B
DepositsQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$1,501.2B$1,346.2B
Equity CapitalQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$168.4B$168.8B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$18.59B$9.42B
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$8.50B$6.40B
Real Estate OwnedQ2 2020vs Q2 2019$190.0MM$372.0MM
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Wells Fargo Bank Savings Account Rates

0.02%--Platinum Savings - Standard Interest Rate Bonus
0.01%--Wells Fargo Retirement Way2Save Savings
0.01%--Wells Fargo Retirement High Yield Savings
0.01%--Wells Fargo Way2Save Savings
0.01%--Business Platinum Savings - Standard Interest Rate
0.01%--Platinum Savings - Standard Interest Rate

Wells Fargo Bank Money Market Rates

0.01%--Business Market Rate Savings

Wells Fargo Bank Checking Account Rates

0.01%-$5kPortfolio by Wells Fargo
0.01%$500-Wells Fargo Preferred Checking

Wells Fargo Bank CD Rates

0.04%$2.5k-24 Month Step Rate CD - Bonus
0.03%$2.5k-24 Month Step Rate CD
0.03%$2.5k-Business 24 Month Step Rate CD
0.02%$2.5k-3 Month CD - Bonus
0.02%$2.5k-6 Month CD - Bonus
0.02%$2.5k-1 Year CD - Bonus
0.01%$2.5k-3 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-6 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-1 Year CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 3 - 5 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 6 - 11 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 12 - 23 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 24 - 35 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 36 - 47 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 48 - 59 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 60 - 71 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 72 - 144 Month CD
0.01%$2.5k-Business 1 - 2 Month CD

Wells Fargo Bank IRA Rates

0.02%$1k-3 - 5 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-6 - 11 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-12 - 23 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-24 - 35 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-36 - 47 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-48 - 59 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-60 - 71 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-72 - 144 Month IRA - Bonus
0.02%$1k-1 - 2 Month IRA - Bonus
0.01%$1k-3 - 5 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-6 - 11 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-12 - 23 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-24 - 35 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-36 - 47 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-48 - 59 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-60 - 71 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-72 - 144 Month IRA
0.01%$1k-1 - 2 Month IRA


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