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Hi, mphipps!

I'm not sure we're speaking the same language here. To me, the return on an investment is the difference between what I put in and what I get out. I'd much rather have significant growth in shareprice over a large dividend, because that's what will put more cash in my pocket when I sell.

As for the silly charts. They mean plenty if you're looking at past performance, and not necessarily a lot regarding the future. But you can get an idea on how the business has been run over the years. I like companies that have demonstrated the ability to grow earnings and shareprice year over year and a healthy rate.

Mellon has been the clear winner of the two in the past decade, providing a greater return for investors. That may very well change. You could convince me that JP Morgan is a better investment possibly, if a look at the future prospects of each company indicates as much, but not because the dividend is greater.

I own neither stock personally, by the way.

Have a good weekend. Fool on!

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