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Schwab-sponsored research provides insight on investor trends, consumer finance, independent investment advisors, retirement, and other timely issues.

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2021 401(k) Participant Survey, June 2021

Workers’ confidence about achieving retirement goals has risen sharply since last year according to a new survey from Schwab Retirement Plan Services, and so has their appetite for financial advice. The annual nationwide survey of 401(k) plan participants finds that more than half (53%) say they are very likely to achieve their retirement goals, compared to 37% in 2020. On average, plan participants in 2021 believe they need to save $1.9 million for retirement, the same amount as in 2020. Ninety-one percent say their financial health is very good or pretty good.

Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study, June 2021

Schwab Advisor Services’ current Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS) provides a snapshot on the outlook for industry and firm growth, a look into the new realities for firms post-COVID, and insight into how advisors view innovation.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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Q2 2021 Retail Client Sentiment Report, May 2021

Schwab released its Q2 2021 Retail Client Sentiment Report, which shows that client outlook on the U.S. stock market continues to be bullish. Market and economic worries overtake COVID-19 and the political climate as biggest investor concerns. The report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 Schwab retail clients.

Media Contact: Marianne Ahlmann

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Modern Wealth Survey, May 2021

As vaccination rates rise and restrictions ease across the country, a majority of Americans feel optimistic about the state of the United States overall, including the economy, the stock market and their personal financial prospects, according to Schwab’s 2021 Modern Wealth Survey, an annual examination of how 1,000 Americans think about saving, spending, investing and wealth.

Media Contact: Hibah Shariff

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Generation Investor Study, April 2021

Amidst a global pandemic, economic uncertainties and market volatility, a new generation of investors was born: 15 percent of all current U.S. stock market investors say they first began investing in 2020, according to a new Schwab survey. And they’re not all young and focused on the next hot stock. Looking ahead, these new investors are more bullish about their financial prospects and the market than those who began investing before 2020, and they’re ready to invest and plan for their futures.

Media Contact: Hibah Shariff

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2020 ETF Investor Study, March 2021

ETF investors surveyed see the share of ETFs in their portfolios growing to 38% over the next five years, up from 29% today. Nearly all ETF investors (94%) say they are likely to purchase ETFs in the next two years. Notably, nearly half of the non-ETF investors surveyed (45%) say they are likely to purchase ETFs in the next two years.

Media Contact: Erin Montgomery

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2020 RIA Compensation Report, February 2021

Schwab Advisor Services’ RIA Compensation Report reflects responses from the annual RIA Benchmarking Study and offers a comprehensive look at compensation practices in the independent financial advice industry. A total of 761 firms participated in the compensation portion in 2020, representing three-quarters of those who participated in the overall study (1,010 firms).

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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Ariel-Schwab 2020 Black Investor Survey, February 2021

The results of the 2020 Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey reveal that Black Americans are not benefitting from stock market growth at the same rate as white Americans at similar income levels. For more than 20 years, the Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey has compared attitudes and behaviors on saving and investing among Black and white Americans. 

Media Contact: Stephanie Corns

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Schwab RIA Industry Transactions Research for Second Half of 2020, February 2021

M&A volumes bounced back in the second half of 2020, and equity valuations continued to rise. Despite the pandemic and market volatility, 2020 saw the largest average M&A deal size on record.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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Q1 2021 Retail Client Sentiment Report, February 2021

Schwab released its Q1 2021 Retail Client Sentiment Report, which shows that client outlook on the U.S. stock market is bullish. Top concerns around investing include COVID-19 and the political landscape. The report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 Schwab retail clients.

Media Contact: Marianne Ahlmann

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Based on an online survey of U.S. workers eligible for a workplace 401(k) plan, half of whom are actively saving in it and half of whom are not, conducted by Koski Research for Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. Koski Research is neither affiliated with, nor employed by, Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. The survey is based on 1,000 interviews and has a 3% margin of error at the 95% confidence level. Survey respondents worked for companies with at least 25 employees and were 25–70 years old. Survey respondents were not asked to indicate whether they had 401(k) accounts with Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. All data is self-reported by study participants and is not verified or validated. Respondents participated in the study between June 2 and June 18, 2017. Detailed results can be found here. Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Charles Schwab Corporation.

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