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10 Smart Questions Investors Should Be Asking About Smart Beta, April 2016

Investors have questions about the proliferation of smart beta strategies. This piece will address and answer the most commonly asked questions, and offers the Schwab Center for Financial Research’s point of view on topics such as how investors can begin to distinguish among the myriad of smart beta strategies and how to incorporate these strategies into a portfolio. Media Contact: Kaitlyn Downing

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Bay Area Economic Survey, March 2016

Bay Area residents are confident in the state of their local economy and its future growth, according to a new survey by Charles Schwab. Of 1,000 Bay Area area residents surveyed, 70 percent believe the local economy is performing better than the national economy, and eight out of ten (79 percent) say the area is continuing to get more prosperous. Although they are optimistic about the local economy, they are less pleased with the cost of living. Nearly all (86 percent) believe the cost of living in the Bay Area is unreasonable. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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Schwab RIA Industry Transactions Research for Year-End 2015, March 2016

Schwab research shows the RIA industry reached record levels of merger and acquisition activity in 2015 as advisors continue to focus on growth and establishing legacy. Media Contact: Rob Farmer

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The Schwab ETF OneSource™ 2016 ETF Industry Outlook, February 2016

ETFs are becoming an increasingly important part of investors’ portfolios, and according to Schwab, that sentiment will continue to grow. The Schwab ETF OneSource™ 2016 ETF Industry Outlook is an interactive microsite that provides a holistic look at the ETF trends that matter most for investors and advisors. Industry leaders from thirteen different ETF providers contributed to the outlook to deliver an overview of 2015 trends, a 2016 outlook, and implications for ETF investors. Media Contact: Erin Montgomery.

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Charles Schwab 2016 Market Outlook Report, January 2016

Global monetary policy will continue to remain a central focus for market and economic forecasts over the next year is, according to the Charles Schwab 2016 Market Outlook report written by market experts from the Schwab Center for Financial Research, including Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist, Jeff Kleintop, Chief Global Investment Strategist and Kathy Jones, Chief Fixed Income Strategist. Brad Sorensen, Managing Director, Market and Sector Analysis; Rob Williams, Managing Director, Income Planning; Collin Martin, Director, Fixed Income; and Michelle Gibley, Director, International Research, also contribute. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf.

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Seattle Economic Survey, December 2015

Seattle residents are overwhelmingly confident in the state of their local economy and its future growth, according to a new survey by Charles Schwab. Of 1,000 Seattle area residents surveyed, 70 percent believe the local economy is performing better than the national economy. Looking at the next 10 years, many survey respondents believe Seattle will be among the top three fastest growing U.S. cities (41 percent). Although Seattleites are optimistic about the local economy, they are less pleased with the cost of living. More than three-quarters believe the cost of living in Seattle is unreasonable. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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The Corporate Compliance Role: An Industry Survey from Compliance Solutions, November 2015

A survey from Compliance Solutions at Charles Schwab finds the role of the compliance officer is evolving and growing in scope across corporate America. Among those compliance professionals surveyed, 80 percent feel their role is valued within their firm and nearly two-thirds (62%) believe they have influence over corporate decisions. The survey also reveals a need for more tools designed to help compliance officers do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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Investment Advisor Outlook Study - Fall, November 2015

Charles Schwab Advisor Services released results of its 18th semi-annual
Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS), which reflects responses from 638 registered independent advisors (RIAs) representing $209 billion in assets under management custodied with Schwab. Media Contact: Rob Farmer

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2015 ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab, September 2015

The majority of investors would consider replacing individual stocks and bonds with ETFs.  On average, investors already using ETFs are now allocating 21 percent of their total portfolios to ETFs, and these investors expect that number to jump to 25 percent in the next five years. Moreover, one-third say ETFs will form the core of their investment portfolios in the future, according to the 2015 ETF Investor Study by Schwab. The study, conducted by Koski Research in August 2015, is the fifth 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. Media Contact: Erin Montgomery

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Chicago Economic Survey, September 2015

Despite a continued lack of confidence in the local economy, Chicagoans have become more optimistic about the area’s job opportunities and housing market and still see their city as a cultural and business hub, according to a second annual survey by Charles Schwab. Of 1,000 Chicago area residents surveyed, only 19 percent believe the local economy is becoming more prosperous, a decline from 25 percent in 2014. Fifty-one percent of Chicagoans believe the local economy is performing about the same as the U.S. economy overall, but nearly one-third (32 percent) thinks it is doing worse. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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Schwab RIA Industry M&A Research, September 2015

Schwab research shows the RIA industry is seeing an uptick in merger and acquisition activity, based on the number of deals as well as the average deal size. Media Contact: Rob Farmer

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401(k) Participant Survey, August 2015

A nationwide survey of 1,000 401(k) plan participants illustrates the vital role of 401(k) plans in helping workers save for retirement, but also identifies obstacles to saving effectively and a strong desire among participants for professional help in choosing the right investments. The survey finds that a 401(k) is viewed as an essential workplace benefit and that people are taking saving for retirement very seriously in much the same way they strive to manage their health. In fact, 90 percent of respondents said they would think twice about taking a job if the company did not offer a 401(k) plan. Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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VIEW THE INFOGRAPHIC - RETIREMENT AS A MAJOR PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE

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VIEW SURVEY FINDINGS FROM THE 2015 401(K) PARTICIPANT SURVEY BY SCHWAB RETIREMENT PLAN SERVICES

White Paper: The Case for a Global Perspective, July 2015

Jeffrey Kleintop, Schwab’s Chief Global Investment Strategist, writes about how a global perspective is vital to successful long-term investing. This comprehensive white paper from the Schwab Center for Financial Research explores why a global perspective means adopting a different approach to investing, including looking for investing ideas that span the stocks of many countries and incorporating portfolio allocations to U.S. and international markets.  Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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Dallas-Fort Worth Economic Survey, July 2015

Dallas residents are overwhelmingly upbeat about the state of the local economy, according to a new survey by Charles Schwab. In a survey of 1,000 residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, nearly all (96 percent) say they believe the Dallas-Fort Worth economy is in as good or better shape than the overall U.S. economy. The primary driver of the area’s strong growth is the increase in the number of company headquarters and corporate campuses in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to survey respondents, of which 88 percent believe that the trend has had a positive impact overall.  Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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2015 RIA Benchmarking Study – Summer, July 2015

The 2015 RIA Benchmarking Study by Charles Schwab is the leading study in the RIA industry. The Study captures insights based on responses from individual advisory firms, providing self-reported information on topics such as asset and revenue growth, sources of new clients, products and pricing, staffing, compensation, marketing, technology, and financial performance. Now in its ninth year, more than 1,000 advisory firms representing nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars in AUM participated in this year’s Study. Media Contact: Rob Farmer

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Investment Advisor Outlook Study – Summer, June 2015

Charles Schwab Advisor Services released results of its 17th semi-annual Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS), which reflects responses from 629 registered independent advisors (RIAs) representing $229 billion in assets under management custodied with Schwab. Media Contact: Susan Forman

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Charles Schwab Mid-Year Market Outlook Report, June 2015

A central focus for market and economic forecasts over the next year is the diverging paths of the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks, according to the Charles Schwab Mid-Year Market Outlook report written by market experts from the Schwab Center for Financial Research, including Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist, Jeff Kleintop, Chief Global Investment Strategist and Kathy Jones, Fixed Income Strategist. Brad Sorensen, Managing Director, Market and Sector Analysis; Rob Williams, Managing Director, Income Planning; Collin Martin, Director, Fixed Income; and Michelle Gibley, Director, International Research, also contribute. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf.

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Man and Machine Study, May 2015

Nine out of 10 Americans view technology as more of a life necessity than a distraction but a passion for people persists across the generations, according to a new study from Charles Schwab which finds that people from age 25-75 prefer to rely on a combination of both humans and technology when it comes to dealing with daily tasks and managing their money.  The Charles Schwab “Man and Machines” study asked more than 1,800 affluent consumers across four generations about their interaction preferences for finding answers and solving problems across a range of topics, and although technology won out over people, the result was close. Media Contact: Alison Wertheim

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Washington, D.C. Economic Survey, April 2015

While Washingtonians are happy with the state of the local economy and quality of
life, they feel financially strapped due to the high cost of living in and around the nation’s capital, according to a new survey by Charles Schwab. In a survey of 1,000 residents in the Washington metropolitan area, which includes all of the federal district and parts of Maryland and Virginia, more than half (60 percent) believe the D.C. area economy is in better shape than the overall U.S. economy. But 60 percent of Washingtonians also believe that the D.C. metro area is one of the worst in the country when it comes to cost of living. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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Charles Schwab 2015 Market Outlook Report, December 2014

The divergence in economic growth and monetary policy between the United States and other developed countries is likely to be a key factor impacting financial markets in the year ahead, according to the Schwab 2015 Market Outlook report written by market experts from the Schwab Center for Financial Research, including Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist, Randy Frederick, Managing Director of Trading and Derivatives, Jeff Kleintop, Chief Global Investment Strategist and Kathy Jones, Fixed Income Strategist. Media Contact: Michael Cianfrocca.

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Investment Advisor Outlook Study - Fall, November 2014

Charles Schwab Advisor Services released results of its 16th semi-annual Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS) which reflects responses from 740 registered independent advisors (RIAs) representing $243 billion in assets under management custodied with Schwab. Media Contact: Rob Farmer

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Chicago Economic Survey, September 2014

Chicagoans view their city as one of the best in the country when it comes to culture and dining, but lack confidence in the local Chicago economy, according to a new survey by Charles Schwab. Of 1,000 Chicago area residents surveyed, 61 percent believe the local economy is remaining stagnant or getting worse, compared to just a quarter who believe that the Chicago area’s economy is improving. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of those surveyed do not believe local politicians are doing enough to make the Chicago economy stronger. Media Contact: Hibah Yousuf

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View infographic – NEW SURVEY: MY KIND OF TOWN

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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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View survey findings from the 2014 401(k) Participant Survey by Schwab Retirement Plan Services

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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View infographic – More ETFs, Anyone? Investors Say 'Yes, Please'

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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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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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