JP Morgan, with assets of nearly $2.5 trillion dollars, that's right, trillion with a 'T'! Over the last five years, we've witnessed a remarkable trend among the nation's biggest banks. Far from getting smaller in response to concerns about being too big to fail, many of them have gotten larger -- and some of them considerably so.
As you can see in the chart above, a select contingent of lenders has grown to become absolute behemoths. Since the end of 2007, JPMorgan Chase's (NYSE: JPM ) balance sheet expanded by 56% thanks to its acquisitions of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.