Despite Increasing Rates, Wells Fargo Stock Fell After Losing Hundreds of Mortgage Workers

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According to Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the plans, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) started another round of trimming its mortgage operations on Thursday. This will eliminate hundreds of jobs because higher interest rates will reduce the demand for new mortgages and refinancing. As a result, Wells Fargo declined.

When contacted by Seeking Alpha, a bank spokeswoman refused to give any further information. He said this in a letter that was sent out through email. “We frequently examine and alter employment numbers to correspond with market circumstances and the demands of our companies,” he added.

Even before the increased interest rates caused a substantial decrease in the number of new loans being originated, Wells Fargo stock, the bank presently the most significant home lender among U.S. banks, made the conscious choice to withdraw from some aspects of the mortgage sector.

In general, Chief Executive Officer Charlie Scharf has been working to reduce the expenses, which he deemed too expensive. The bank determined that there was the possibility for gross savings of more than $8 billion to be taken over three to four years in January 2021.

On the conference call for the third quarter, the Chief Financial Officer of the bank, Mike Santomassimo, said that the income from house loans fell by 52% year over year. As a result of the mortgage market adapting to reduced volumes, “we anticipate it to remain tough in the near term.” He predicted that the company’s mortgage banking income for the fourth quarter would decrease since originations are typically slower during this time of year. We are continuing to decrease surplus capacity to keep it in line with the lower demand, and we anticipate that these changes will continue over the next couple of quarters.

The bank exceeded the expectations of Wall Street on its profitability for the third quarter due to increased interest rates and a greater emphasis on expenditure management.

According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for the week that ended on December 1 was 6.49%. This decreased from the previous week’s rate of 6.58% but increased from the previous year’s rate of 3.11%.

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