The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, discusses topics across the investing world.

Wells Fargo has traditionally been a retail bank that sticks to its knitting. But very quietly, it's been branching into investment banking. Anand assesses this quiet opportunity (and risk!).

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