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Satisfaction Guarantee

Satisfaction Guarantee

At Schwab, we’ve always been committed to driving down costs so you have more to invest. That’s why we’ve lowered the price of online equity and ETF trade commissions to $0 and online options commissions to $0 plus $0.65 per contract¹.

We also believe every investor deserves to work with a firm they can count on. At Schwab, our commitment to your satisfaction is backed by a guarantee. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll refund your eligible fee or commission and work with you to make things right.² You won’t find that kind of promise everywhere—but you will find it here.

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Questions about the Satisfaction Guarantee²

What fees are covered by the guarantee?

We’ll refund fees or commissions included in:
The Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors

If for any reason, you are not satisfied, we’ll refund the previous quarter’s program fee for Schwab Private Client™.

Are any fees not covered by the guarantee?

While the guarantee covers a wide range of fees and commissions, there are services to which it does not apply. These include accounts managed by investment advisors who are not affiliated with Schwab, such as through Schwab Advisor Network® and Managed Accounts Select®. The guarantee also does not apply to operating expenses charged by mutual funds and ETFs, or interest paid on margin loans.

If you have questions on whether the guarantee applies to any particular fee, please call a Schwab investment professional for assistance.

Who should I contact if I have questions or would like to request a refund?

You can call a Schwab investment professional at +1-415-667-7870. Or, if you work with a Schwab Financial Consultant, you can contact your consultant.

How long do I have to request a refund under the guarantee?

For account fees and commissions, your request must be received within one year of the date that the fee was charged.

For Program Fees on advisory services, your request must be received no later than the next calendar quarter after the fee was charged.

How long will it take to receive my refund?

Funds will be credited to the account charged in approximately four weeks of a valid request.

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1. The standard online $0 commission does not apply to large block transactions requiring special handling, restricted stock transactions, trades placed directly on a foreign exchange, transaction-fee mutual funds, futures, or fixed income investments. Options trades will be subject to the standard $.65 per-contract fee. Service charges apply for trades placed through a broker ($25) or by automated phone ($5). Exchange process, ADR, foreign transaction fees for trades placed on the US OTC market, and Stock Borrow fees still apply. See the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors for full fee and commission schedules.

2. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, at your request Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. ("Schwab"), Charles Schwab Bank ("Schwab Bank"), or another Schwab affiliate, as applicable, will refund any eligible fee related to your concern within the time frames described below. Two kinds of "Fees" are eligible for this guarantee: (1) "Program Fees" for the Schwab Private Client ("SPC"), Schwab Managed Portfolios ("SMP"), Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium ("SIP Premium"), and Managed Account Connection ("Connection") investment advisory services sponsored by Schwab (together, the "Participating Services"); and (2) commissions and fees listed in the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors ("Account Fees") or the Charles Schwab Bank Pricing Guide. Program Fee refund requests must be received no later than the next calendar quarter after the Fee was charged. Account Fee refund requests must be received within one year of the date that the Fee was charged.

For more information about Program Fees, please see the disclosure brochure for the Participating Service, made available at enrollment or any time at your request. The Connection service includes only accounts managed by Charles Schwab Investment Advisory, Inc. an affiliate of Schwab. The guarantee does not cover Program Fees for accounts managed by investment advisors who are not affiliated with Schwab or managed by Schwab-affiliated advisors outside of the SPC, SMP, SIP Premium and Connection services.

The guarantee is only available to current clients. Refunds will only be applied to the account charged and will be credited within approximately four weeks of a valid request. No other charges or expenses, and no market losses will be refunded. Other restrictions may apply. Schwab reserves the right to change or terminate the guarantee at any time.