Tomahawk, WI 7/30/2013 (Basicsmedia) – One area which is often food for thought for many investors is learning how to make their investments to give them more returns than what they earned on previous occasions. This article seeks to delve into details of what JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), investors can do to safeguard their investments and look forward to better returns going forward.

Brief History of JPM

JPM was founded in 1823 and has its headquarters in New York, New York. It has always been associated with the provision of financial services, and has a very solid reputation as a financial holding company. Anything relating to consumer or community banking and financial services is provided by JPM. It has a strong niche within the financial sector, and provides expert services within the money center banks industry. Currently, its full time employees have reached a staggering 254,063 and they are spread in several countries worldwide, thus ensuring that JPM is close to its customers at all times.

Which Competitors is JPM Contending With?

As a major player in the financial sector, JPM is not alone but has to contend with a number of huge and internationally recognized competitors. Its direct competitors include Barclays PLC (BCS), Citigroup, Inc (C )  and Bank of American Corporation (BAC). If you measure the size of a company based on how many employees it has, you would find it very difficult determining which one wins in this area. JPM has 254,063 employees, compared with BAC’s 257,158 and C’s 253,000. The only company which can be classified as small based purely on employees, is BCS which has 139,200.

Perhaps it would be much better to compare these competitors using their respective market capitalization figures. JPM has 212.00b, compared with 158.25b of BAC, 60.14b of BCS and 158.77b of C. When comparing these huge financial companies based on net income, JPM performs much better than its closest competitors. It enjoys 22.90b, which is much higher than BAC’s 5.01b, BCS’ -1.67b and 9.60b of Citigroup. The next area you would need to look at is revenue for each company. JPM gets 94.04b, BAC has 78.11b, BCS has 33.95b and C has 63.67b. JPM is a very good performer in this area as well.

How Does Current JPM Dividend Compare With the Past?

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Chart showing the impressive rise of JPM’s stock value in close to the last financial year. Chart courtesy of http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=JPM+Basic+Chart

Recently, JPM declared that it would be paying its shareholders a dividend of 0.38 per share held. The last time similar dividends were issued was in 2008 and early 2009. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the figure is the highest in the last 16 years, thus representing major benefits and huge financial returns to JPM investors in more than a decade.

JPM’s stock has also been on an upward trend and this seems to be about to continue for quite sometime due to the strong financial position of this company. Take a look at the chart below to get a glimpse in to how JPM’s stock has been rising.

In my opinion, JPM is a very strong investment tool for any investor. It has always enjoyed solid performance in the financial sector and continues to attract positive reviews from a number of analysts, including me. Unless something very drastic happens in this sector, your investment in JPM is as safe as it can be.

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