SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the heels of the company’s annual Winter Business Update on February 4, 2020, Schwab Advisor ServicesTM today announced reaffirmation of its decades-long commitment to providing world-class custodial services to independent advisors. A leading custodian to advisor firms of every size, Schwab also asserted its dedication to serving firms on the smaller end of the continuum.
Charles Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger emphasized the company’s commitment to the RIA industry in his remarks at the Business Update: “We are highly committed to the RIA space. And when I say that, when I say the RIA space, I mean all RIAs of all sizes and shapes and forms.”
To further illustrate its commitment Schwab has created the following formal pledge that will appear in advertising and other communications:
Our pledge to the independent advisor community:
When it comes to independent advisors, we’re all in. Today, over half of the firms we serve have under $100 million in AUM. You are the future of this industry. This is our commitment to you and to every client we serve:
Industry-leading custody services, with no AUM minimums and no custody fees – with no intention to raise them.
Because we believe that every firm, of every size, deserves world-class support.
Best-in-class technology and open architecture, including a rapidly growing network of third-party providers.
We give you freedom to choose technology that fits the way you want to work.
The best and the brightest service professionals in this industry.
With deep experience helping firms just like yours, and a commitment to seeing the world through your eyes.
In-depth practice management consulting and insights, for every firm on our platform.
From our industry-leading RIA Benchmarking Study to cybersecurity resources, and more, we help you grow and stay on the leading edge.
An account opening process that is digital and streamlined.
We’re making conversion easy for you with a digital account opening process, so you can bring clients onboard securely with just a few clicks.
At the Business Update, Bernie Clark, EVP and head of Schwab Advisor Services, reminded attendees of this commitment, saying, “To start with, we love small clients, because these clients, they are all in. And the ‘under $100 million client’ is a sweet spot for how we built our business, in effect, from the beginning."
Clark noted later: “More than half of the firms we serve today have less than $100 million in AUM. They are the seeds for the future of this industry, and we have a responsibility to help them run their businesses and succeed. Our commitment to these firms is the same as to every client we serve, now and in the future.”
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