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Top 10 Investment Banking Companies in 2024

July 6, 2024

The top investment banking companies are typically banks with large market capitalization or market cap. A bank’s market cap is the value of its shares owned by stockholders. Companies with high market caps are typically very powerful since they’re worth a lot of money and play significant roles in the economy. 

Investment banks primarily help large companies and governments raise capital, so investment banking is inherently a global industry. Some of the world’s largest investment banking companies are not based in the U.S., but these international banks still make up a large portion of the market stateside. We’ve compiled a list of the top investment banks in the U.S. based on market capitalization.*

Top 10 U.S. Investment Banking Companies

In the U.S., the top investment banking companies include the Big Four Banks — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo. These banks have massive market capitalizations and are the largest in the U.S. by consolidated assets, each with more than $1.7 trillion in assets according to the Federal Reserve. Consolidated assets include stocks, loans, properties, and reserves.

1. JPMorgan Chase 

Market cap: $543.04 billion
Total consolidated assets: $3.4 trillion

With roots stretching back to the 18th century, JPMorgan Chase is a multinational bank formed by a merger of the Chase Manhattan Corporation and J.P. Morgan & Co. in December 2000. Presently, JPMorgan Chase offers a variety of financial services, ranging from investment banking and asset management to credit cards and retail banking

2. Bank of America

Market cap: $280.31 billion
Total consolidated assets: $2.5 trillion

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bank of America is the second-largest bank in the world by market cap and the eighth largest by total consolidated assets. Bank of America mainly handles commercial banking, investment banking, and wealth management. 

3. Morgan Stanley

Market cap: $142.35 billion
Total consolidated assets: $209 billion

Morgan Stanley is a multinational financial services company and investment banking institution headquartered in New York City. Although its founders were partners at JPMorgan in the mid-1930’s, Morgan Stanley now operates as an entirely separate entity from JPMorgan Chase. 

4. Wells Fargo 

Market cap: $204.18 billion
Total consolidated assets: $1.7 trillion

Wells Fargo is a global financial services institution, and a member of America’s Big Four banks. In addition to investment banking and asset management services, Wells Fargo has commercial and retail banking operations. Although Morgan Stanley may have a slightly higher market capitalization, Wells Fargo holds considerably more consolidated assets.

5. Goldman Sachs

Market cap: $126.00 billion
Total consolidated assets: $521.1 billion

Goldman Sachs is consistently one of the top investment banks in the world based on global revenue. Goldman Sachs has only two domestic branches and offers investment banking services, in addition to financial products like commercial banking and brokerage services. 

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6. Charles Schwab 

Market cap: $122.56 billion
Total consolidated assets: $493.2 billion

Charles Schwab was founded in San Francisco, California in 1971. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest banks in the United States by assets and a global force in the investment banking and wealth management space. Charles Schwab also offers consulting and advisory services to retail and corporate clients. 

7. Citigroup (Citi)

Market cap: $109.92 billion
Total consolidated assets: $1.7 trillion

Citigroup is a multinational investment bank and the holding company for a number of subsidiaries, including Citicorp and Citibank.  Although Citibank isn’t at the top of the list by market cap, Citi holds significantly more consolidated assets than Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley. 

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8. U.S. Bancorp

Market cap: $67.40 billion
Total consolidated assets: $650.7 billion

Founded in the late 1800s, U.S. Bancorp holds the second oldest charter in the nation and is the parent organization of U.S. Bank. In addition to wealth management and investment advisory services, U.S. Bancorp also has a strong retail and commercial banking presence.

9. PNC Financial Services 

Market cap: $59.80 billion
Total consolidated assets: $557.5 billion

PNC Financial Services is a multinational banking institution and its subsidiary, Harris Williams, is one of the largest investment banking and mergers and acquisition (M&A) advisory businesses in America. Additionally, PNC is a leader in retail banking as one of the most notable credit card issuers in the country. 

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10. Truist Financial Corporation

Market cap: $49.96 billion
Total consolidated assets: $527.5 billion

Truist Financial Corporation was born from a 2019 merger between BB&T and SunTrust Banks. Truist offers a variety of financial services, including brokerage, asset management, commercial banking, and insurance services.  

*It’s important to note that market capitalization depends entirely on current stock prices. As stock prices fluctuate throughout the day, market capitalization can change. Data used for this list is accurate as of March 8, 2024 and slight discrepancies in ranking may occur due to market changes. 

Source: Forage