Wells Fargo (WFC) has delivered stable profitability since the beginning of 2017 helped by rates and lower taxes in 2018. The bank has maintained high dividend yields and repurchases in order to boost return on equity (or RoE). It has relatively high capital adequacy ratios and has passed recent stress tests. However, a further hike in payouts will depend on its growth in operating performance. Amid rising rates and lower taxes, credit offtake has been weaker.