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Welcome USAA members.
Take the next step toward your tomorrow with Schwab.

Get closer to your goals with a Schwab brokerage account.

When it comes to brokerage accounts, Schwab's here to help you.

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    Online listed equity trades¹

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    Account minimum

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    Opening and maintenance fees

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Ready to get started?

Easily use and manage your brokerage account with Schwab support.

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    Buy and sell

    Trade stocks, options, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and other financial products.3

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    Manage with ease

    Use Schwab.com and the Schwab mobile app4 to conveniently manage your brokerage account.

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    Research and plan

    Get online tools to screen and evaluate investments, develop a plan, and more.

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    Get support 24/7 + convenience of 300+ branches

    Call our financial professionals anytime. Plus get local support at a branch near you.

$0 online equity trades reflects our commitment to make investing accessible to everyone.

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    Listed Stocks

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    plus $0.65 per contract5

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    Listed ETFs

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Specialized trading platforms and support, too.

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    Powerful trading platforms

    Use our web, software, and mobile platforms to manage your brokerage account with trading tools.

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    Trading education

    With Schwab's trading education, grow your trading skills.

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    Trading specialists

    Access a team of professionals who share your passion for trading.

Common questions

A brokerage account is an arrangement between you and a licensed brokerage firm. Once your account is set up, you can deposit funds and place investment orders through the brokerage account, and the transactions will be carried out on your behalf. You have the freedom to invest in whatever you choose—stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more—as you own all the assets in your brokerage account.

A margin account allows you to borrow against your eligible securities and can be helpful when you need to buy more securities, take advantage of timely market opportunities, or give yourself a source of overdraft protection. However, margin borrowing is not for everyone, and you should consider all risks and limitations before selecting this option. Learn everything you need to know about margin loans with The Schwab Guide to Margin.

A cash account only allows you to use the cash that you deposited to buy stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other investments. This type of account presents less market risk as you are only investing assets that you already have, but can be limiting when timely opportunities or emergencies arise.

You must be approved in order to trade options in a Schwab brokerage account. During the online application process, you can choose to add options trading and apply for one of four levels of approval based on your based on your objectives, experience, and financial position. 

Options carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Schwab. Please read the Options Disclosure Document titled Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request.

Account Opening and Funding Questions

Consolidating all your accounts at Schwab may help you better manage your finances. We can help you every step of the way in bringing your assets over, in a tax-efficient manner. Learn more about transferring accounts to Schwab.

  1. Social security number(s)
  2. Driver's license
  3. Employer's name and address (if applicable)
  4. Statement information for any assets or cash you'd like to transfer

There is no minimum investment needs to open a brokerage account.

The easiest way to open Schwab brokerage account is online. You can also get help opening an account by calling us at 866-232-9890 or visiting one of 300 local branches.

The online account application process only takes about 10 minutes. Key steps include:

  • Choosing the type of brokerage account (individual or joint)
  • Providing your personal, employment, and financial information
  • Selecting specific account features 
  • Creating login credentials and providing contact information for your account
  • Verifying your identity 
  • Indicating how you'll fund the account

There are multiple ways to fund your new Schwab account:

  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT) with Schwab MoneyLink® to transfer funds or assets from an external account. You may also continually fund your account by setting up auto deposit to transfer funds from your checking account.
  • Wire transfer request from another financial institution.
  • Check deposit by mail or in person at your local Schwab branch.

Full funding instructions and access to online fund transfer tools will be provided after your account is opened.

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