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401(k) Participant Survey, August 2014

The nationwide survey of 1,000 401(k) plan participants, commissioned by Schwab Retirement Plan Services, finds that a 401(k) plan is considered a crucial benefit by an overwhelming majority. When asked which benefits are “must haves” aside from health insurance, nearly nine in ten respondents (87%) say a 401(k) is a “must-have” benefit – more than disability insurance (45%), life insurance (42%), extra vacation days (34%) or the ability to telecommute (15%).  Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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2014 ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab, June 2014

Even with a perceived proliferation of ETFs on the market today, 66 percent of investors say there is room for more – and more than a quarter say that more product choice is the industry trend that has been most beneficial to investors over the past few years, according to the 2014 ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab. The study, conducted by Koski Research in May 2014, is the fourth installment of an annual online survey of more than 1,000 U.S. individual investors between the ages of 25-75 with at least $25,000 in investable assets who have purchased ETFs in the past two years or are considering doing so in the near term. Media Contact: Erin Montgomery

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study - Summer, June 2014

Charles Schwab Advisor Services released results of its 15th semi-annual Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS) reflecting opinions of 720 independent advisors representing an estimated $180 billion in assets under management. Media Contact: Susan Forman

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Charles Schwab Generation Now Study for RIAs - Summer, June 2014

Charles Schwab Advisor Services revealed new Schwab research on "Generation Now" - affluent individuals between the ages of 30 and 45 who are following on the heels of advisors' current pre-retired or retired clients. Media Contact: Susan Forman

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study - Fall, November 2013

Charles Schwab Advisor Services released results of its 14th semi-annual Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS) from its IMPACT conference – the nation's largest and longest-running annual gathering of RIAs. Media Contact: Susan Forman

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Workers Bank On 401(k) For Retirement, August 2013

The majority of American workers in a new survey accept responsibility for financing their own retirement and are relying primarily on their 401(k) to get them there, but many lack the confidence to effectively manage their retirement savings. The nationwide survey of more than 1,000 401(k) plan participants, commissioned by Schwab Retirement Plan Services, shows a high level of self-reliance among respondents. Roughly nine in ten (89%) say they are counting on themselves for the money to support their retirement, and just five percent expect to rely mostly on the government for financial help after they stop working full time. Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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Bargain Hunting For Bonds, July 2013

How Investors Shop was an online survey of U.S. investors developed to compare and contrast shopping habits around high-ticket household products and consumer items with financial products, including bonds. The survey, conducted by Koski Research for Charles Schwab, was completed by a total of 514 respondents between the ages of 25 and 75 who held a minimum of $100,000 in total investable assets and invested on their own. All respondents had heard of bonds or fixed income investments, and fifty-one percent of survey respondents own or have owned individual bonds. Media Contact: Alison Wertheim

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Today’s Engaged Investor, June 2013

A majority of Americans who are highly engaged across many aspects of life also grab hold of the wheel when it comes to investing, according to a new study by Charles Schwab. Around 1,000 Americans surveyed express a significant degree of personal ownership in their everyday lives. The study found that a majority are also highly engaged in investing: nearly two-thirds (61 percent) are actively involved in their investment portfolios. Media Contact: Michael Cianfrocca

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Advice and the Affluent Investor, June 2013

According to a recent study from Schwab, seven in 10 affluent investors feel today’s financial markets are too complicated to navigate without an advisor. One-third of study participants also say their desire for investment advice has increased in the past year, and three-quarters say they are most confident making investment decisions when they collaborate with their investment professional; just one-third say they feel that same level of confidence when making investment decisions by themselves. Advice and the Affluent Investor: A Study of Attitudes and Behavior by Charles Schwab (AAIS) surveyed more than 1,000 affluent Americans who receive some form of professional financial advice. Media Contact: Alison Wertheim

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