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One Wells Fargo Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

If you're familiar with my writing on Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), then you know how highly I think of the 163-year-old company. Over the past 30-plus years, it has served as a textbook illustration of how to run a bank, shrewdly balancing the conflicting imperatives of rapid revenue growth and robust risk management.

I've tried to capture the essence of Wells Fargo's success in the slideshow below, which walks viewers through how the $1.7 trillion bank matches up against its big bank competitors with respect to five of the most essential measures of bank performance: profitability, efficiency, valuation, and capital accumulation and allocation. If you have even a fleeting interest in Wells Fargo, then this slideshow is for you.

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