How Did Chuck Schwab Disrupt an Industry? EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

October 14, 2019
Founder and Chairman of the Board Chuck Schwab joins Mark Riepe for a candid discussion about the decisions he made that disrupted the brokerage industry.

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Charles Schwab & Co. founder and Chairman of the Board Chuck Schwab discusses the decisions that led him to create a revolutionary business model for the brokerage industry. Chuck talks about his decision to start a business, his difficulties raising capital, and even how he convinced his wife to mortgage the house to support his upstart company. He and Mark also discuss the 1983 sale of the company to Bank of America, how he bought the company back—and how Chuck framed both decisions to his employees and the board of directors.

The goal of Financial Decoder is to help listeners make better financial decisions. And while the decisions Chuck describes are in the context of his life, many of us will make decisions that may be smaller in scale but are of the same basic type: when to sell, when to change direction when things aren't going well, when to ask for help, when to borrow money, and many others. And in the context of our own lives, these can be high-stakes decisions indeed.

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