Play video: "Broker payment"
At Charles Schwab we are passionate about transparency. We want to make sure you understand what the plan is—why we think it’s going to work. We want you to feel comfortable with it, and we want you to understand exactly how we’re being compensated. We encourage you to understand what fees you are paying because it’s going to have an effect upon your returns over time. If you hired a contractor you would want to understand exactly what you were going to pay them and exactly what they were going to do. It’s no different than working with a Financial Consultant. You should ask those questions, you should understand what you’re paying. I want everything to be as well understood as it could possibly be, I want clarity.
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Play video: "Basis of recommendations"
Our recommendations are based on you, and your life and your individual needs. So before I make a recommendation the first thing I want to do is kinda focus on what your goals are. I take the time to discuss your risk tolerance and other important factors concerning your financial situation. We work together to build a plan so those recommendations will be tailored around what your needs are. And then I suggest options you may want to consider based on that. I’m always happy to explain the rationale behind it and why I think that particular option might be right for you.
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Play video: "Fee and commission impact"
It’s really important to understand the fees and commissions that you’re paying, because those can affect your portfolio’s performance over time. You’ll want to know how you’re paying the fees—is it quarterly, is it in arrears, or are you paying up front—is there a timeframe that you have to commit to. At Charles Schwab I can help you go through and understand all the fees and commissions that you are paying, so that it’s transparent, and you understand exactly what you’re signing up for.
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Play video: "Range of products"
When we go through that process, we go through that journey—we kinda find out what is gonna be appropriate for you. When I recommend investment products, I have access to a wide range of investment managers from across the industry, as well as our own products. At Charles Schwab our commitment to you is to find an appropriate solution for you and your personal situation—if offering you another firm’s product is the appropriate choice, we can do that.
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Play video: "Team of professionals"
At Schwab we believe in a team-based approach because we feel that the more advice and guidance that you receive, the better investing decisions you’ll make. That’s why I’ll provide you with direct access to various specialists in many different areas of investing such as Fixed Income, Alternative Investments and Global Investing. What I like about the team approach is that it allows me to deliver advice to a client that’s very customized to their situation. We want to make sure that your needs are taken care of on your terms.
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Play video: "Associated fees"
At Schwab it’s pretty straightforward. The markup on a bond is a $1 per 1,000 for most online bond trades that would occur on the secondary market. The markup of a $1 per 1,000 is very competitive. One of the things you get at Schwab is that we want you to have a clear understanding of what you are paying for, and the cost associated with it. And we do try to be very transparent with the fees that we charge. This is a prime example of that.
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Our modern approach to wealth management starts with a Financial Consultant.
What is wealth management?
Wealth management is a service provided by a credentialed Financial Consultant to help a client manage and/or enhance his or her financial situation.
When you partner with a Schwab Financial Consultant, your questions will be encouraged and our answers will be straightforward.
We’ll help you understand where your money is invested, how your investments are performing, and how much it’s costing you. Plus, you’ll have access to expertise and insights that can help you reach your specific goals.
It’s a collaborative approach to wealth management that’s all about transparency, accountability, and taking ownership of your financial life.
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We believe investors deserve better. And here’s our promise:
- Partnering. You’re not just a client at Schwab. We believe in partnering with you and getting to know you so we can work together on your terms.
- Advice. We provide access to commentary and insights from Schwab experts and advice that is understandable, relevant, and actionable.
- Choice. We offer a broad range of investment options from leading asset managers across the industry, not just our own.
- Transparency. We’ll be open and honest in all aspects of our relationship, including what you pay for our services and the thinking behind our advice.
- Value. We design our products and services with a goal of driving down costs, so investors have more money to invest.
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Your dedicated Financial Consultant can collaborate with you to help you define your goals, preferences, and involvement.
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Your Financial Consultant can assist you in creating a holistic financial plan.
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- You can meet with us regularly to help keep your plan up to date as your life evolves.
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What you pay can lower what you earn.
A difference of 1% in annual investment costs can reduce returns by nearly $1 million over time.*
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