Research

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

Latest Research

Q2 2024 Trader Client Sentiment Report, May 2024

Sentiment among traders dipped in the second quarter of 2024 but remained higher than 2022 and 2023 levels according to the latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey, a quarterly study that explores the outlooks, expectations, and perspectives of traders at Charles Schwab. Of those polled, 46% reported a bullish outlook on the U.S. stock market, down from 53% in the first quarter. Bearish sentiment varied by age, but compared to last quarter, increased significantly among young and mid-life investors, jumping more than 15% for each group.

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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Q1 2024 Trader Client Sentiment Report, February 2024

Trader sentiment has turned bullish according to the latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey, a quarterly study that explores the outlooks, expectations, and perspectives of traders at Charles Schwab. More than half of respondents (53%) report a bullish outlook on the U.S. stock market – the highest level since the survey began in 2021 and a significant increase from the 32% who were bullish in the fourth quarter of last year. Additionally, 49% of traders believe it’s a good time to invest in equities, up from 41% last quarter.

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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2023 Research

2023 RIA Compensation Report, December 2023

Schwab’s RIA Compensation Report reflects responses from Schwab’s 2023 RIA Benchmarking Study, the largest study of its kind, and offers a comprehensive look at compensation practices in the independent RIA industry. 1,044 firms participated in the compensation portion of the 2023 study, representing 80% of those that participated overall. Data was collected from January to March 2023 on over 14,500 employees across 27 roles typically found at RIAs.

Media Contact: Kristin Meza

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Q4 2023 Trader Client Sentiment Report, November 2023

Sentiment among traders has turned bearish, but is still more bullish than it was this time last year, according to the latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey, a quarterly study that explores the outlooks, expectations, and perspectives of traders at Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade. The survey found 32% of traders are bullish on the U.S. stock market and 53% are bearish, compared to 44% who said they were bullish and 35% who said they were bearish in Q3. This time last year, only 18% were bullish on U.S. stocks and 68% were bearish.

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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2023 Schwab Asset Management ETF Survey, October 2023

Schwab Asset Management, which has studied the attitudes and activity of ETF and non-ETF investors for more than a decade, found that despite a dramatically different investing environment from 2022, cool heads prevail among ETF investors this year. Most are staying the course or finding opportunities to increase investments in ETFs, and 80% of ETF investors agree that ETFs are their investment of choice. Fixed income has been in focus this year and surprisingly, Millennial ETF investors are gravitating toward this asset class more than their older peers. 2,000 individual investors participated in this year’s survey, 1,000 of whom have bought or sold ETFs in the past two years and 1,000 of whom have not bought or sold ETFs within the past two years.

Media Contact: Christine Underhill Hudacko

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2023 401(k) Participant Survey Part II - Gen Z Focus, October 2023

The youngest members of the workforce say they face the most obstacles to saving for a comfortable retirement, yet their timeline to ‘logging off’ for good is the most ambitious, according to Charles Schwab’s annual nationwide survey of 401(k) plan participants. Gen Z workers (21-26 years old) want to retire at age 61, but 99% say they are facing obstacles to saving for a comfortable retirement, a nine percent increase over last year and higher compared to 88% of Millennials, 91% of Gen X and 86% of Boomers.

Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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The Wisdom of the Crowd, October 2023

Conducted to commemorate the firm’s 50th anniversary, The Wisdom of the Crowd surveyed more than 3,000 Schwab clients, ranging from its most seasoned clients who opened their accounts in Schwab’s earliest days to those who have just recently ventured into investing. Among the study’s findings is a strong belief from its more seasoned investors that timeless investing principles such as persistence, diversification, early and regular investing, investing through different cycles, sticking with a plan—are keys to their success.

Media Contact: Alison Wertheim

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Q3 2023 Trader Client Sentiment Report, August 2023

After two consecutive quarters of recession anticipation, trader expectations are shifting to a more optimistic sentiment overall about the market environment. The latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey reveals that traders are more bullish on the U.S. stock market than they were in the second quarter; for the next three months, 44% are bullish and 35% are bearish, compared to 32% bullish and 52% bearish in Q2.

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2023 401(k) Participant Survey, August 2023

Inflation and market volatility are impacting workers’ ability to save for retirement to a greater extent than last year, according to a new survey from Charles Schwab. The annual nationwide survey of 401(k) plan participants finds that 62% of workers see inflation as an obstacle to saving for a comfortable retirement, up from 45% last year, and 42% say stock market volatility is an obstacle, up from 33% last year. Despite these challenges, workers are maintaining their 401(k) savings rates. but they feel less confident about reaching their goals.

Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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2023 RIA Benchmarking Study, July 2023

Now in its seventeenth year, the RIA Benchmarking Study by Schwab Advisor Services is the leading study of its kind in the RIA industry. Despite the challenges of 2022, the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) industry continues to be strong. Clients have been leaning on their advisors more than ever, and those relationships have helped contribute to organic growth through both referrals and share of wallet increases. This year’s study highlights growth and business performance and how firms are investing in digital tools and workflows that will create greater efficiencies, increase productivity, and create capacity so firms can provide personalized services through the lens of their ideal client. More than 1,300 independent advisor firms representing over $1.7 trillion in AUM participated in this year’s study.

Media Contact: Kristin Meza

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Q2 2023 Trader Client Sentiment Report, June 2023

Sentiment among traders slipped in Q2 ‘23, but remains up from the lowest levels seen in 2022, and most remain confident in their decision-making and ability to reach their goals.

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Modern Wealth Survey, June 2023

There’s a wealth paradox in America, driven by the contrast between how people define wealth for themselves compared to how they define it for others, according to Schwab’s seventh annual Modern Wealth Survey. When asked to express how much money it takes to be considered “wealthy” in America, 1,000 survey respondents across the country say it’s an average of $2.2 million. But among the 48% of Americans who say they already feel wealthy today, the average net worth is $560,000—about a quarter of that loftier target. What’s more, non-financial assets like health and family resonate far more when defining wealth than having large sums of money, according to Schwab’s survey.

Media Contact: Hibah Shariff

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study-Spring 2023, March 2023

Schwab Advisor Services’ current Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS) found that growth makes many aspects of running a firm easier, but not everything.

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Q1 2023 Trader Client Sentiment Report, March 2023

As 2023 begins, sentiment is on an upswing among traders of every stripe, although it remains net-bearish. Traders are split on whether now is a good time to invest in equities but confidence in their decision-making and their ability to achieve their financial goals remains high.

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2022 Research

2022 RIA Compensation Report, December 2022

Schwab’s RIA Compensation Report reflects responses from Schwab’s 2022 RIA Benchmarking Study, the largest study of its kind, and offers a comprehensive look at compensation practices in the independent RIA industry. 971 firms participated in the compensation portion of the 2022 study, representing 80% of those who participated overall. Data was collected from January to March 2022 on over 13,500 employees across 27 roles typically found at RIAs.

Media Contact: Kristin Meza

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Q4 2022 Trader Client Sentiment Report, November 2022

The latest Charles Schwab Trader Client Sentiment Survey reveals that nearly 60% of traders say it feels like the U.S. is in an economic recession or will be by the end of 2022. Most (55%) say it will last less than one year, but 45% say it will last longer than that. While traders have a predominantly bearish outlook for the U.S. stock market over the next few months, they are confident in their ability to navigate the environment and 91% of traders feel they will reach their financial goals. Still, more than four in 10 traders (42%) are taking on less risk in the current environment.

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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2022 401(k) Participant Survey Part II, October 2022

Young workers are relying on more than their 401(k)s to save for retirement as other types of investments play a greater role in their long-term wealth plans, according to the annual nationwide survey of 401(k) plan participants from Schwab Retirement Plan Services. While the 401(k) remains the top retirement savings vehicle for today’s workers overall, Gen Z and Millennial workers are more likely to also invest in cryptocurrency, real estate, annuities, and small businesses, unlike older generations.

Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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2022 Schwab Asset Management ETF Survey, September 2022

Schwab Asset Management, which has studied the attitudes and activity of ETF investors for more than a decade, found that ETF investors continue to view ETFs as a key part of their portfolios, with 80% saying ETFs are their vehicle of choice. ETFs now make up 33% of ETF investor portfolios. ETF investors have continued investing in ETFs despite this year’s turbulent markets and foresee the product making up a larger share of their portfolios in the future. At the same time, they are also interested in exploring investing options that allow them to personalize their portfolios. 2,000 individual investors participated in this year’s survey, 1,000 of whom have bought or sold ETFs in the past two years and 1,000 of whom have not bought or sold ETFs within the past two years.

Media Contact: Christine Hudacko

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Q3 2022 Trader Client Sentiment Report, August 2022

The latest Charles Schwab Trader Client Sentiment Survey reveals that nine in 10 traders see a U.S. economic recession as somewhat to highly likely and 74% anticipate it will begin this year. The potential of a recession is now the primary concern for 18% of traders, up 6% from the previous quarter. However, a strong majority (69%) expect that a recession would last a year or less and only one in five are moving money out of the stock market to hedge against a continued down market or recession. Many traders also plan to add money to their portfolios at the same rate as last quarter (40%) and most say they are taking the same or slightly less risk in Q3 (59%).

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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2022 401(k) Participant Survey, July 2022

Inflation is now the top obstacle to saving for a comfortable retirement, according to a new survey from Schwab Retirement Plan Services. The annual nationwide survey of 401(k) plan participants finds that workers rank inflation (45%) ahead of other obstacles including keeping up with monthly expenses (35%), stock market volatility (33%), and unexpected expenses (33%). Workers believe they’ll need to save an average of $1.7 million for retirement, down from $1.9 million reported in last year’s survey, and just under half (47%) feel they are very likely to reach their retirement savings goal.

Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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2022 RIA Benchmarking Study, July 2022

Now in its sixteenth year, the RIA Benchmarking Study by Schwab Advisor Services is the leading study of its kind in the RIA industry. Talent continues to be top of mind for independent advisory firms and it will continue to be one of the most prominent issues for the industry going forward. This year’s study highlights growth and business performance and how talent will be a top strategic priority to continue momentum for RIA firms. More than 1,200 independent advisor firms representing over $1.8 trillion in AUM participated in this year’s study.

Media Contact: Kristin Meza

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2022 Modern Wealth Survey, May 2022

Almost three-quarters of Americans (73%) say their personal values guide how they make life decisions more today than they did two years ago, and nearly an equal number (69%) say that supporting causes they care most about are a top consideration when it comes to their financial decisions, according to Schwab’s sixth annual Modern Wealth Survey, an examination of how Americans think about saving, spending, investing and wealth.

Media Contact: Hibah Shariff

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Q2 2022 Trader Client Sentiment Report, May 2022

The latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey reveals that more than half (53%) of traders say the market is due for a significant correction in the second quarter of 2022, and fewer than a third (30%) think the market will perform well. Six in 10 (61%) traders remain confident in their investment decision-making, although less than half (43%) feel it’s a good time to invest in equities. Chief among traders’ concerns are inflation and the geopolitical landscape, and they’re taking specific actions to hedge against both. While most traders (68%) expect sooner relief, nearly one third (32%) of traders don’t expect inflation to ease until 2024 at the earliest.

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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Retirement Reimagined Study, April 2022

Millennials have an evolving vision of retirement, different from previous generations, according to Schwab’s new Retirement Reimagined Study that uses advanced predictive modeling techniques to forecast key differences in how Millennials, Gen X and Boomers will approach saving for and living in retirement. The first of its kind study also projects four distinct retirement personas that Millennials could fall into as many of them transition to retirement around 2050.

Media Contact: Hibah Shariff

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2022 Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey, April 2022

The results of the 2022 Ariel-Schwab Black Investor Survey reveal investor participation is at historic lows for both Black and white Americans. For  24 years, Ariel Investments and Charles Schwab have studied the investing and saving attitudes and behaviors of Black and white Americans.

Media Contact: Stephanie Corns

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Q1 2022 Trader Client Sentiment Report, February 2022

The latest Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey reveals that bulls outnumber bears among active traders, with 46% reporting a bullish outlook for the U.S. stock market for the first three months of the year compared with 39% who are bearish. But nearly nine out of ten (88%) traders are concerned about inflation and many are taking action to hedge against it. At the sector level, traders are most bullish on Energy (63%), Finance (57%), and Health Care (54%) and most bearish on Information Technology (38%), Real Estate (37%), and Consumer Discretionary (31%).

Media Contact: Margaret Farrell

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2021 RIA Compensation Report, February 2022

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 1,036 firms participated in the compensation portion in 2021, representing over three-quarters of those who participated in the overall study (1,340 firms).

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2022 Independent Advisor Outlook Study, January 2022

Schwab Advisor Services’ current Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS) provides a snapshot on growth for firms, clients and managing talent.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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2021 Research

RIA Industry M&A: Behind the Numbers, October 2021

Almost $160 billion in total AUM has been acquired in the first six months of this year, an increase of 19% over 2020 and 23% over 2019. The transaction data alone only tells part of the story, however. Behind the numbers, M&A is a very human endeavor. This report features perspectives from buyers and sellers in five recent transactions for a closer look at what is happening beyond the data.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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2021 Assets in Motion Report, October 2021

This new study from Charles Schwab analyzes the movement to independence as well as RIA industry mergers and acquisitions.

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Digital Investing & Technology Survey, September 2021

COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of technology across many aspects of life, from virtual birthday parties to appointments with financial advisors by video chat, according to a new study by Charles Schwab. Schwab’s Investing and Technology Survey 2021 uncovers how the pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way investors manage their money and other financial activities.

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2021 401(k) Participant Survey Part II – Meet the Gen Z 401(k) Participant, September 2021

Stress about finances has had an outsized impact on the ability of Gen Z and Millennials to do their jobs during the pandemic, according to the annual nationwide survey of 401(k) plan participants from Schwab Retirement Plan Services. Almost half of Gen Z workers (44%) and 38% of Millennials reported that financial stress impacted their ability to do their jobs this past year, compared to 24% of all workers.

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2021 RIA Benchmarking Study, July 2021

The RIA Benchmarking Study by Schwab Advisor Services is the leading study of its kind in the RIA industry. The study features insights based on 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 fifteenth year, more than 1,300 independent advisor firms representing over $1.5 trillion in AUM participated in this year’s study.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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. 

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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.

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2020 Research

2020 Robo Investor Snapshot, November 2020

Schwab released its 2020 Robo Investor Snapshot which reveals Schwab robo client trends around planning, volatility, and portfolio actions.

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study, Part II, October 2020

In 2020, independent advisors have experienced challenges in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But they remain confident in the success of their firms, and in the industry’s continued long-term growth. Find out more in the results from the latest Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS).

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Schwab RIA Industry Transactions Research for First Half of 2020, October 2020

Deal volumes dropped sharply in March, April, and May, but started to rebound in June.

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2020 Equity Compensation Survey, October 2020

New research from Schwab Stock Plan Services shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equity compensation plan participants’ decisions. The survey finds that of those who recently exercised or sold equity compensation, two-thirds (67%) were influenced by the market volatility and economic downturn related to the pandemic. The survey also finds that almost two in five (39%) survey respondents say that they are more likely to need financial advice due to the pandemic.

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study, October 2020

Schwab Advisor Services released the results of the 28th Wave of its Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS), which reflects responses from 942 registered investment advisors (RIAs) whose assets are custodied with Schwab.

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2020 Modern Retirement Survey, October 2020

Amidst a global pandemic, economic uncertainties and an election looming, Boomers invested for retirement are confident that they will still enjoy their golden years. According to the Charles Schwab 2020 Modern Retirement Survey, more than 80 percent of both those who have retired and those who are soon-to-retire are satisfied or confident their lifestyle will be everything that they envision.

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2020 401(k) Participant Survey Part II – Retirement Saving and Spending, September 2020

The area where 401(k) participants say they could most use help is understanding how much they’ll need to save for retirement, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 401(k) plan participants from Schwab Retirement Plan Services. Over two thirds (68%) of participants gave an estimate of how long their retirement savings will last, with the average being 24 years. The remaining 32% say they do not know how many years their retirement savings might last, and the level of uncertainty is higher among women (40%) than men (25%).

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2020 401(k) Participant Survey, August 2020

Anxiety about long-term retirement savings is up according to a new survey from Schwab Retirement Plan Services, and so is participant engagement. The nationwide survey of 1,000 currently employed 401(k) plan participants finds that saving enough for a comfortable retirement continues to be their leading source of significant financial stress. On average, these 401(k) participants believe they need to save $1.9 million for retirement, an increase of 12% from the $1.7 million reported in 2019. Two in five participants also say they made a change to their 401(k) account due to COVID-19, citing rebalancing and increasing contribution rates as the most common changes.

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2020 RIA Benchmarking Study, July 2020

The RIA Benchmarking Study by Schwab Advisor Services is the leading study of its kind in the RIA industry. The study features insights based on 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 fourteenth year, more than 1,000 independent advisor firms representing over a trillion dollars in AUM participated in this year’s study.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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Modern Wealth Survey, July 2020

According to Charles Schwab’s 2020 Modern Wealth Survey, an annual examination of perspectives on saving, spending, investing and wealth, 57 percent of Americans say that they or a close family member have been financially impacted by COVID-19, but at the same time, there are some silver linings when it comes to people’s financial behaviors. Thirty-six percent of Americans say they are more likely to have savings to cover emergency expenses, and 40 percent say they are more likely to be saving more in general compared to before the pandemic outbreak in the U.S.

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Schwab RIA Industry Transactions Research for Year-End 2019, March 2020

The RIA Industry saw record-setting M&A volume, with 106 deals completed in 2019.

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Schwab RIA Compensation Report, February 2020

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 984 firms participated in the compensation portion, representing three-quarters of those who participated in the overall study (1,310 firms).

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2019 Research

Equity Compensation Plan Participant Survey, November 2019

According to new research from Schwab Stock Plan Services, the average vested value of U.S. workers’ equity compensation is $97,711 and the average total value of their equity compensation is $149,835. The study, which examines the attitudes and behaviors of 1,000 equity compensation plan participants who currently receive incentive stock options or restricted stock awards and/or participate in employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs), finds that 41% of respondents have exercised or sold at least some of their equity compensation during their career.

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Owning the Future of Independent Advice, November 2019

Schwab Advisor Services interviewed 11 of the Executive Leadership Program’s distinguished alumni to discuss challenges and opportunities in the RIA industry and to understand how they are leading their firms to continued success.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study, November 2019

Schwab Advisor Services released the results of the 27th Wave of its Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS), which reflects responses from 942 registered investment advisors (RIAs) whose assets are custodied with Schwab.

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Schwab RIA Industry Transactions Research for First Half of 2019, September 2019

Transaction volume rebounded in the first half of 2019, as smaller deals by RIA buyers led the way.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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2019 RIA Benchmarking Study, July 2019

The 2019 RIA Benchmarking Study by Charles Schwab is the leading study of its kind in the RIA industry. The study features insights based on 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 thirteenth year, 1,310 independent advisor firms representing over a trillion dollars in AUM participated in this year’s study.

Media Contact: Meredith Richard

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Independent Advisor Outlook Study, June 2019

Schwab Advisor Services released the results of the 26th Wave of its Independent Advisor Outlook Study (IAOS), which reflects responses from 924 registered investment advisors (RIAs) whose assets are custodied with Schwab.

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2019 401(k) Participant Survey, June 2019

New research from Schwab Retirement Plan Services finds that although 401(k) participants believe they need $1.7 million, on average, to retire, many are not investing enough to reach that goal. The nationwide survey of 1,000 401(k) plan participants also reveals the outsized role of the 401(k) in Americans’ financial lives, with most saying it is their only or largest source of retirement savings.

Media Contact: Mike Peterson

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Modern Wealth Survey, May 2019

More than a third of Americans admit their spending habits have been influenced by images and experiences shared by their friends on social media and confess they spend more than they can afford to avoid missing out on the fun, according to Schwab’s 2019 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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2019 ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab, May 2019

The majority of ETF investors (61%) expect market volatility to increase in the next six months, and close to half (44%) say they will put more money into ETFs as a result, according to the ninth annual ETF Investor Study by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., a survey of 1,500 investors who have bought or sold an ETF within the past two years.

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Independent Advisor Pulse, February 2019

Schwab Advisor Services released the results of its Independent Advisor Pulse survey (or IAOS Wave 25), which reflects responses from 778 registered investment advisors (RIAs) whose assets are custodied with Schwab.

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Schwab RIA Compensation Report, January 2019

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.

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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. Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Charles Schwab Corporation.

Investors should consider carefully information contained in the prospectus, including investment objectives, risk, charges, and expenses. You can request a prospectus by calling Schwab at 800-435-4000. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investment returns will fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Unlike mutual funds, shares of ETFs are not individually redeemable directly with the ETF. Shares are bought and sold at market price, which may be higher or lower than the net asset value (NAV).