Workers in a new survey have spoken out: the 401(k) plan is a “must-have” workplace benefit. In fact, when asked which benefits are must haves aside from health insurance, nearly nine in ten workers named the 401(k) – significantly more than those who chose disability and life insurance or even extra vacation days and the ability to telecommute.* It’s clear that people understand the importance of this long-term savings vehicle. So what can they – and you – do to maximize its benefits?
When it comes to retirement planning, one size does not fit all. Let’s say two coworkers are both turning 40 this year. One is married with four growing kids, and the other is single, focusing on a side business that brings in additional income. It’s clear that these two individuals’ financial pictures are not the same. But as it turns out, they are investing their retirement dollars into the same fund with the same exact mix of stocks, bonds and cash investments simply because they are the same age.
When the school bell rings, did you know that more than 15 million kids are on their own with nothing to do and nowhere to go? That’s why at exactly 3:00 p.m. on July 31, Charles Schwab Foundation will join Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help kick off BGCA's first-ever Great Futures campaign on Twitter and LinkedIn. The goal? To bring awareness to this important time of day and help ensure that more kids have a safe place where they can reach their full potential.
At many employers across the country, June marks the arrival of summer interns. At Schwab, our interns started last month and I can feel the buzz of excitement in the air as these students from diverse backgrounds, locations, and majors meet each other for the first time.
Reggie Jackson. Cal Ripken Jr. Johnny Bench. These were the first trades I ever made. I was eight years old and hooked on trading. Eventually my interest would advance from trading baseball cards to trading stocks, but those early years of swapping and holding cards featuring my favorite baseball players helped me develop an investing strategy that I continue to follow today.
The 4th of July is about more than fireworks and lighting up the grill -- it's a time to reflect on the meaning of independence. For many Americans, the stress of debt and other financial responsibilities can feel like a loss of freedom. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prioritize these competing obligations to put yourself in control of your financial future.
We see it all around us…people engaging, asking the tough questions, demanding quality, value, and accountability. People taking ownership of their lives. It's the hallmark of today's modern consumer.
When it comes to managing your hard-earned money, should it be any different? At Schwab, we believe in an approach to wealth management that reflects those same values.
Bond pricing is not a subject that gets a lot of attention. You're not going to hear Oprah talk about it, nor is it likely to be the subject of Michael Lewis' next book. But it's a subject that warrants attention because as the population ages, more people are adding individual bonds to their investment portfolios. The price they pay for those bonds directly impacts the yield they earn, but too many individual investors are getting a raw deal when buying bonds because they are kept in the dark about the fees they're paying; And I believe that must change
Congratulations, Class of 2014! You've earned that college degree, but you still have a few important lessons to learn. Lesson #1: now is the time to start saving for your retirement. I know it may seem a lifetime away, but the earlier you start, the easier the path to a comfortable retirement can be.
On May 21st, 37 Schwab employees in Denver put a smart twist on corporate volunteerism. A Schwab Volunteer Week pilot program, the Denver Skills Marathon was a half-day "flash consulting" event in which highly skilled Schwab employees lent their professional expertise to help local nonprofits address critical business challenges in the areas of HR, marketing, and technology. A similar event was held in San Francisco on May 20th.
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