Banks Scramble to Address Portfolio Concerns But Negatively Impact the Credit Scores of Customers in the Process

Banks Scramble to Address Portfolio Concerns But Negatively Impact the Credit Scores of Customers in the Process


Big Bank Wells Fargo announced yesterday that it will no longer sell personal lines of credit.  This move will negatively impact the credit scores of these customers.

CNBC reported yesterday:

Wells Fargo is ending a popular consumer lending product, angering some of its customers, CNBC has learned.

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The bank is shutting down all existing personal lines of credit in coming weeks and no longer offers the product, according to customer letters reviewed by CNBC.

The revolving credit lines, which typically let users borrow $3,000 to $100,000, were pitched as a way to consolidate higher-interest credit card debt, pay for home renovations or avoid overdraft fees on linked checking accounts.

“Wells Fargo recently reviewed its product offerings and decided to discontinue offering new Personal and Portfolio line of credit accounts and close all existing accounts,” the bank said in the six-page letter. The move would let the bank focus on credit cards and personal loans, it said.

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