Schwab Fourth Quarter Net Income of $597 Million Caps Record Year

2017 Revenues Rise 15% to $8.6 Billion, Net Income Grows 25% to $2.4 Billion, Both Records

Core Net New Assets Rise 58% to a Record $198.6 Billion for the Year

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:45 am PST

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SAN FRANCISCO

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Charles Schwab Corporation announced today that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $597 million, up 14% from $522 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 was nearly $2.4 billion, up 25% year-over-year. The company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2017 were impacted by the tax reform legislation signed in December − a one-time tax expense of approximately $46 million decreased earnings per share by $0.03.

       

Three Months Ended
December 31,

%

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

%
Financial Highlights   2017 (1)   2016   Change   2017 (1)   2016 (2)   Change
   
Net revenues (in millions) $ 2,242 $ 1,972 14% $ 8,618 $ 7,478 15%
Net income (in millions) $ 597 $ 522 14% $ 2,354 $ 1,889 25%
Diluted earnings per common share $ .41 $ .36 14% $ 1.61 $ 1.31 23%
Pre-tax profit margin 42.5 % 41.8 % 42.4 % 40.0 %
Return on average common
stockholders’ equity (annualized) 14 % 14 % 15 % 14 %
 
Note: All per-share results are rounded to the nearest cent, based on weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding.
(1)   Effective January 1, 2017, a new accounting standard prospectively changed the treatment of a portion of the tax deductions relating to equity compensation. These deductions were previously reflected in additional paid-in capital, a component of stockholders’ equity, and are now included in taxes on income, a component of net income. The company’s tax expense for the fourth quarter and full year 2017 decreased by approximately $40 million and $87 million, respectively, as a result of this change. Future effects will depend on the company’s share price, restricted stock vesting, and the volume of equity incentive options exercised.
(2) Reflects net litigation proceeds of $16 million in 2016, relating to the company’s non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) portfolio, which are included in Other revenue.

CEO Walt Bettinger said, “Our steady focus on operating ‘through clients’ eyes’ has been a driving force in helping Schwab achieve another record year. In 2017, clients opened 1.4 million accounts, and households new to Schwab’s Retail business rose by 49% versus 2016; 54% of these households were age 40 or younger. In addition, clients trusted Schwab with a record $198.6 billion of core net new assets, up 58% from 2016 and marking a 7% organic growth rate. Both of our primary businesses attracted record inflows, with Retail and Advisor Services net new assets rising 57% and 59%, respectively, year-over-year. This impressive asset gathering was helped by a 75% increase in net transfers of assets from other firms, reflecting our strengthened competitive position. Our success with clients was bolstered by strength in the equity markets − the S&P 500® Index finished 2017 up 19%. In this environment, investor sentiment reached highs not seen in almost two decades, and clients actively engaged in the markets.”

Mr. Bettinger continued, “With a second straight top ranking in J.D. Power’s U.S. Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Survey*, we believe that the range of planning and advice solutions available through our modern approach to wealth management continues to resonate with clients. Assets enrolled in one of our retail or other advisory solutions continued to grow faster than client assets overall, reaching a record $268.7 billion at year-end, up 24%. In addition, our digital advisory solutions (Schwab Intelligent Portfolios®, Institutional Intelligent Portfolios®, and Schwab Intelligent Advisory®) have surpassed $27 billion in client assets with 223,000 active accounts. Total client assets as of December 31st were a record $3.36 trillion, up 21% year-over-year. We ended 2017 serving 10.8 million active brokerage accounts, 1.2 million banking accounts, and 1.6 million retirement plan participants.”

Mr. Bettinger noted, “In 2017, we continued to build Schwab through our ‘Virtuous Cycle’ approach: we challenged the status quo to benefit investors, resulting in clients entrusting us with record assets, which helped lead to record financial results. We achieved record annual net revenues for the fifth straight year, reaching $8.6 billion, up 15% from 2016. At the same time, we increased project spending, hired more client-facing employees, and made ongoing investments to support the growth we’ve achieved and to help meet client service expectations. By once again effectively balancing near-term profitability and reinvestment for long-term growth, we were able to deliver a fourth consecutive year of record net income, up 25% to almost $2.4 billion. We recognize that these results are made possible by our employees’ passion for serving our clients every day, and in the fourth quarter we rewarded about 9,000 of our non-executive staff with a one-time ‘Through Clients’ Eyes’ award, totaling $9 million overall.”

Mr. Bettinger added, “When Chuck Schwab started the company over 40 years ago, he sought to level the playing field for all investors. Last year, we continued to deliver on that vision by pursuing our goal of a ‘no trade-offs’ combination of value, service, transparency, and trust. We shared the benefits of scale with our clients by announcing nearly $400 million in annualized price reductions. In February, we lowered equity and options trade commissions from $8.95 to $4.95 and dropped the per contract option fee to $0.65. We also reduced the operating expense ratios on our market cap-weighted index mutual funds to align with their ETF equivalents. Additionally and perhaps more importantly, we eliminated investment minimums and multiple share classes for both fundamental and market cap-weighted index funds, offering our best pricing to every investor, from the smallest to the largest. At the same time, we introduced a broad-reaching Satisfaction Guarantee, unique for our industry.** In the fourth quarter, we streamlined share classes and decreased operating expense ratios on our money market funds, enhancing the net yields available to our clients. Also during the year, we started an industry-first national advertising campaign on behalf of the RIAs that we serve and we rolled-out Schwab Advisor StreetSmart Edge®, providing advisors with streaming of real-time quotes, advanced charting, and additional trading capabilities. We continued to enhance our product offerings during 2017, adding 34 ETFs to Schwab ETF OneSource – investors and advisors can now buy and sell 242 ETFs covering 69 Morningstar categories. Later in the year we initiated the Schwab 1000 Index® ETF – a new low-cost way to gain exposure to America’s largest 1,000 stocks. Additionally, we launched three index mutual funds: Schwab® U.S. Large-Cap Value Index Fund, Schwab® U.S. Large-Cap Growth Index Fund, and Schwab® U.S. Mid-Cap Index Fund. On the technology front, we released a new account summary page, allowing clients to aggregate their non-Schwab account information on Schwab.com and enabling a more holistic view of their finances. We are proud of the progress we made in 2017, humbled by our clients’ response, and committed to sustaining Chuck’s vision in everything we do.”

CFO Peter Crawford commented, “Schwab’s record 2017 financial results demonstrate the power of our financial formula working as designed: our robust business growth supported strong revenue growth through multiple sources, which we combined with continued expense discipline to drive significantly improved profitability. As Walt described, our success with clients and a favorable environment resulted in a 21% increase in client assets. We turned this growth into a 15% lift in revenues through record contributions from our two largest revenue sources. Net interest revenue rose 29% to $4.3 billion due to rising interest rates as well as growing client cash balances. Asset management and administration fees reached a record $3.4 billion, up 11% from 2016, driven by growing balances in advised solutions, mutual funds, and ETFs. These increases more than offset the 21% decline in trading revenue resulting from our pricing actions. Turning to expenses, our 11% year-over-year rise was consistent with expectations and included higher Compensation due to added staffing and incentive costs relating to our strong asset gathering, as well as higher Professional services outlays relating to project spending and third-party fees tied to higher balances in our asset management business. Through our continued expense discipline we achieved a 440 basis point gap between revenue and expense growth, resulting in a record 42.4% pre-tax profit margin, a 240 basis point expansion over last year.”

Mr. Crawford concluded, “Effective balance sheet management remains core to supporting our success and our 2017 return on equity was 15%, the highest since 2009. Throughout last year, we were mindful of approaching the $250 billion consolidated asset threshold and the related implications for heightened regulatory requirements. As we aimed for crossing the threshold in 2018, we limited bulk transfers of sweep balances from money market funds to Schwab Bank – which help us more effectively optimize the spread earned on client cash – to $2.0 billion, including approximately $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter. We also transferred $2.9 billion of Schwab One® sweep balances, which were already on our balance sheet, to the Bank, including $400 million in the fourth quarter. Another part of managing our approach to $250 billion involved the utilization of Federal Home Loan Bank advances to provide temporary funding for Bank portfolio investments that will eventually be supported by bulk transfers. These borrowings, which totaled $15 billion at year-end, enabled us to strengthen net interest revenue by getting a head-start on anticipated 2018 bulk transfers while controlling our approach to the threshold. We also worked to improve our capital mix by replacing $485 million of 6% preferred shares with a lower rate preferred offering, and by issuing $1.5 billion of senior notes in advance of debt maturing in 2018 and to support continued business growth. By month-end December, our consolidated balance sheet reached $243 billion and our preliminary Tier 1 Leverage Ratio was 7.6%. We ended the year poised to cross the $250 billion consolidated asset threshold during the first half of 2018 as we continue to drive strong balance sheet growth through a combination of asset gathering and bulk transfers.”

Business highlights for the fourth quarter (data as of quarter-end unless otherwise noted):

Investor Services

  • New retail brokerage accounts for the quarter totaled approximately 248,000, up 36% year-over-year; total accounts were 7.4 million, up 4% year-over-year.
  • Opened one independent branch in Germantown, WI, to bring the total to 40, continuing the company’s franchising initiative designed to make financial advice more accessible.

Advisor Services

  • Hosted 4,900 advisors, exhibitors, sponsors, and media at our IMPACT® conference – the largest and longest-running annual gathering of independent registered investment advisors.
  • Expanded Schwab OpenView Gateway®, the open architecture platform that enables integration between Schwab systems and technology providers, by adding eMoney for financial planning and Addepar for portfolio management.

Products and Infrastructure

  • Launched new StreetSmart Central and StreetSmart Mobile Trading Platforms, marking the full integration of optionsXpress® technology within Schwab.
  • For Charles Schwab Bank:
    • Balance sheet assets = $198.6 billion, up 13% year-over-year.
    • Outstanding mortgage and home equity loans = $12.0 billion, up 4% year-over-year.
    • Pledged Asset Line® balances = $4.4 billion, up 13% year-over-year.
    • Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking® accounts = 1.0 million, with $13.4 billion in balances.
  • Client assets managed by Windhaven® totaled $8.1 billion, down 10% from the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Client assets managed by ThomasPartners® totaled $14.6 billion, up 43% from the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Client assets managed by one of the company’s digital advisory solutions (Schwab Intelligent Portfolios®, Institutional Intelligent Portfolios®, and Schwab Intelligent Advisory®) totaled $27.3 billion, up 122% from the fourth quarter of 2016.

Supporting schedules are either attached or located at: http://www.aboutschwab.com/investor-relations/financial-reports .

*Charles Schwab received the highest numerical score in the J.D. Power 2016 and 2017 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Studies, based on 6,006 responses from 20 firms measuring opinions of investors who used full-service investment institutions and were surveyed in January 2016 and 6,579 responses from 20 firms measuring opinions of investors who used full-service investment institutions and were surveyed in January 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

**Restrictions apply: The $4.95 commission does not apply to certain transactions. All broker-assisted and automated phone trades are subject to service charges. See the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors for full fee and commission schedules. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, at your request Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 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) asset-based “Program Fees” for certain investment advisory services sponsored by Schwab; and (2) commissions and fees listed in the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors (“Account Fees”). 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.

Commentary from the CFO

Periodically, our Chief Financial Officer provides insight and commentary regarding Schwab’s financial picture at: http://www.aboutschwab.com/investor-relations/cfo-commentary . The most recent commentary, which discusses the impact of tax reform legislation, was posted on December 22, 2017.

Business Update

The company has scheduled a Business Update for institutional investors on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The Update is scheduled to run from approximately 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PT, 11:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET. Participants will include members of the company’s executive management. A simultaneous webcast of this Update will be accessible to the public at http://schwabevents.com/corporation .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the company’s business growth; crossing the $250 billion asset threshold; balance sheet growth; asset gathering; and bulk transfers. Achievement of these expectations and objectives is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expressed expectations.

Important factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to attract and retain clients and registered investment advisors and grow those relationships and client assets; general market conditions, including the level of interest rates and equity valuations; competitive pressures on pricing, including deposit rates; the company’s ability to develop and launch new products, services and capabilities in a timely and successful manner; client use of the company’s investment advisory services and other products and services; the timing and amount of bulk transfers; the quality of the company’s balance sheet assets; client sensitivity to interest rates; regulatory guidance; and other factors set forth in the company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 345 offices and 10.8 million active brokerage accounts, 1.6 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.2 million banking accounts, and $3.36 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2017. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC, http://www.sipc.org ), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at www.schwab.com and www.aboutschwab.com .

 

THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

   

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

    2017   2016   2017   2016
Net Revenues    
Interest revenue $ 1,266 $ 952 $ 4,624 $ 3,493
Interest expense (119 ) (45 ) (342 ) (171 )
Net interest revenue 1,147 907 4,282 3,322
Asset management and administration fees (1) 863 801 3,392 3,055
Trading revenue 154 202 654 825
Other 78 62 290 271
Provision for loan losses               5  
Total net revenues   2,242     1,972     8,618     7,478  
Expenses Excluding Interest
Compensation and benefits 711 629 2,737 2,466
Professional services 151 134 580 506
Occupancy and equipment 113 99 436 398
Advertising and market development 63 61 268 265
Communications 60 58 231 237
Depreciation and amortization 69 61 269 234
Regulatory fees and assessments 46 42 179 144
Other   76     64     268     235  
Total expenses excluding interest   1,289     1,148     4,968     4,485  
Income before taxes on income 953 824 3,650 2,993
Taxes on income (2)   356     302     1,296     1,104  
Net Income   597     522     2,354     1,889  
Preferred stock dividends and other (3)   47     44     174     143  
Net Income Available to Common Stockholders   $ 550     $ 478     $ 2,180     $ 1,746  
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic 1,343 1,329 1,339 1,324
Diluted   1,358     1,341     1,353     1,334  
Earnings Per Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic $ .41 $ .36 $ 1.63 $ 1.32
Diluted   $ .41     $ .36     $ 1.61     $ 1.31  
Dividends Declared Per Common Share   $ .08     $ .07     $ .32     $ .27  
(1)   Includes fee waivers of $0 million and $31 million during the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $10 million and $224 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, relating to Schwab-sponsored money market funds.
(2) Taxes on income were reduced by approximately $40 million and $87 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 to reflect the required adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, which changes the accounting treatment of a portion of the tax deductions relating to equity compensation. Taxes on income were also increased by approximately $46 million in December 2017 due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation resulting in the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and other tax adjustments.
(3) Includes preferred stock dividends and undistributed earnings and dividends allocated to non-vested restricted stock units.
 

THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION

Financial and Operating Highlights

(Unaudited)

         
 

Q4-17 % change

  2017   2016
vs.   vs. Fourth   Third   Second   First Fourth
(In millions, except per share amounts and as noted) Q4-16 Q3-17   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter
Net Revenues
Net interest revenue 26 % 6 % $ 1,147 $ 1,082 $ 1,053 $ 1,000 $ 907
Asset management and administration fees 8 % 863 861 845 823 801
Trading revenue (24 )% 2 % 154 151 157 192 202
Other 26 % 10 % 78 71 75 66 62
Provision for loan losses                    
Total net revenues 14 % 4 %   2,242     2,165     2,130     2,081     1,972  
Expenses Excluding Interest
Compensation and benefits 13 % 7 % 711 662 663 701 629
Professional services 13 % (1 )% 151 152 144 133 134
Occupancy and equipment 14 % 2 % 113 111 107 105 99
Advertising and market development 3 % 63 63 71 71 61
Communications 3 % 7 % 60 56 58 57 58
Depreciation and amortization 13 % 69 69 66 65 61
Regulatory fees and assessments 10 % 7 % 46 43 46 44 42
Other 19 % 19 %   76     64     66     62     64  
Total expenses excluding interest 12 % 6 %   1,289     1,220     1,221     1,238     1,148  
Income before taxes on income 16 % 1 % 953 945 909 843 824
Taxes on income 18 % 9 %   356     327     334     279     302  
Net Income 14 % (3 )%   $ 597     $ 618     $ 575     $ 564     $ 522  
Preferred stock dividends and other 7 % 9 %   47     43     45     39     44  
Net Income Available to Common Stockholders 15 % (4 )%   $ 550     $ 575     $ 530     $ 525     $ 478  
Earnings per common share:
Basic 14 % (5 )% $ .41 $ .43 $ .40 $ .39 $ .36
Diluted 14 % (2 )% $ .41 $ .42 $ .39 $ .39 $ .36
Dividends declared per common share 14 % $ .08 $ .08 $ .08 $ .08 $ .07
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 1 % 1,343 1,339 1,338 1,336 1,329
Diluted 1 %   1,358     1,353     1,351     1,351     1,341  
Performance Measures
Pre-tax profit margin 42.5 % 43.6 % 42.7 % 40.5 % 41.8 %
Return on average common stockholders’ equity (annualized) (1)   14 %   15 %   15 %   15 %   14 %
Financial Condition (at quarter end, in billions)
Cash and investments segregated (32 )% (5 )% $ 15.1 $ 15.9 $ 18.5 $ 21.2 $ 22.2
Receivables from brokerage clients — net 20 % 11 % 20.6 18.5 18.0 16.7 17.2
Bank loans — net 7 % 2 % 16.5 16.2 15.8 15.5 15.4
Total assets 9 % 5 % 243.3 230.7 220.6 227.1 223.4
Bank deposits 4 % 3 % 169.7 165.3 162.3 166.9 163.5
Payables to brokerage clients (13 )% (1 )% 31.2 31.5 33.0 34.3 35.9
Short-term borrowings N/M 200 % 15.0 5.0 .3 .6
Long-term debt 66 % 45 % 4.8 3.3 3.5 3.5 2.9
Stockholders’ equity 13 % 3 %   18.5     18.0     17.5     17.0     16.4  
Other
Full-time equivalent employees (at quarter end, in thousands) 9 % 2 % 17.6 17.3 16.9 16.5 16.2
Capital expenditures — purchases of equipment, office facilities, and
property, net (in millions) 64 % 19 % $ 141 $ 118 $ 86 $ 67 $ 86
Expenses excluding interest as a percentage of average client assets
(annualized)   0.16 %   0.16 %   0.16 %   0.18 %   0.17 %
Clients’ Daily Average Trades (in thousands)
Revenue trades (2) 18 % 11 % 345 312 311 317 293
Asset-based trades (3) 13 % (12 )% 120 137 103 103 106
Other trades (4) (6 )% (11 )%   163     184     175     165     174  
Total 10 % (1 )%   628     633     589     585     573  
Average Revenue Per Revenue Trade (2) (34 )% (5 )%   $ 7.33     $ 7.74     $ 7.96     $ 9.84     $ 11.03  
         
(1)   Return on average common stockholders’ equity is calculated using net income available to common stockholders divided by average common stockholders’ equity.
(2) Includes all client trades that generate trading revenue (i.e., commission revenue or principal transaction revenue); also known as DART.
(3) Includes eligible trades executed by clients who participate in one or more of the Company’s asset-based pricing relationships.
(4) Includes all commission-free trades, including Schwab Mutual Fund OneSource® funds and ETFs, and other proprietary products.
N/M Not meaningful.
 

THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION

Net Interest Revenue Information

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

           
  Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

2017     2016 2017     2016
  Average
Balance
  Interest
Revenue/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Balance
  Interest
Revenue/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
Average
Balance
  Interest
Revenue/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
    Average
Balance
  Interest
Revenue/
Expense
  Average
Yield/
Rate
Interest-earning assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,582 $ 37 1.27 % $ 10,052 $ 13 0.51 % $ 9,931 $ 109 1.10 % $ 11,143 $ 57 0.51 %
Cash and investments segregated 15,307 46 1.19 % 21,047 28 0.53 % 18,525 166 0.90 % 20,104 93 0.46 %
Broker-related receivables 438 1 0.91 % 493 1 0.27 % 430 3 0.70 % 558 1 0.22 %
Receivables from brokerage clients 17,478 160 3.63 % 15,145 125 3.28 % 16,269 575 3.53 % 15,001 497 3.31 %
Available for sale securities (1) 47,016 200 1.69 % 76,624 247 1.28 % 53,040 815 1.54 % 72,586 883 1.22 %
Held to maturity securities 115,694 663 2.27 % 68,351 396 2.30 % 103,599 2,354 2.27 % 57,451 1,402 2.44 %
Bank loans 16,378     125     3.03 %     15,148     103     2.71 % 15,919     472     2.97 %     14,715     400     2.72 %
Total interest-earning assets 223,893     1,232     2.18 %     206,860     913     1.76 % 217,713     4,494     2.06 %     191,558     3,333     1.74 %
Other interest revenue     34               39           130               160      
Total interest-earning assets $ 223,893     $ 1,266     2.24 %     $ 206,860     $ 952     1.83 % $ 217,713     $ 4,624     2.12 %     $ 191,558     $ 3,493     1.82 %
Funding sources:
Bank deposits $ 165,552 $ 50 0.12 % $ 154,357 $ 11 0.03 % $ 163,998 $ 148 0.09 % $ 141,432 $ 37 0.03 %
Payables to brokerage clients 23,038 5 0.09 % 27,141 1 0.01 % 25,403 16 0.06 % 26,311 3 0.01 %
Short-term borrowings 9,520 30 1.25 % 2,429 3 0.49 % 3,503 41 1.17 % 1,864 9 0.48 %
Long-term debt 3,671     30     3.24 %     2,876     26     3.60 % 3,431     119     3.47 %     2,876     104     3.62 %
Total interest-bearing liabilities 201,781     115     0.23 %     186,803     41     0.09 % 196,335     324     0.17 %     172,483     153     0.09 %
Non-interest-bearing funding sources 22,112 20,057 21,378 19,075
Other interest expense     4               4           18               18      
Total funding sources $ 223,893     $ 119     0.21 %     $ 206,860     $ 45     0.09 % $ 217,713     $ 342     0.15 %     $ 191,558     $ 171     0.09 %
Net interest revenue     $ 1,147     2.03 %         $ 907     1.74 %     $ 4,282     1.97 %         $ 3,322     1.73 %
(1) Amounts have been calculated based on amortized cost.
 

THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION

Asset Management and Administration Fees Information

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

           
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2017     2016 2017     2016
    Average
Client
Assets
  Revenue   Average
Fee
    Average
Client
Assets
  Revenue   Average
Fee
    Average
Client
Assets
  Revenue   Average
Fee
    Average
Client
Assets
  Revenue   Average
Fee
Schwab money market funds before fee waivers $ 162,249   $ 200   0.49 % $ 162,207   $ 238   0.58 % $ 160,735   $ 875   0.54 % $ 164,120   $ 962   0.59 %
Fee waivers                     (31 )             (10 )             (224 )    
Schwab money market funds 162,249 200 0.49 % 162,207 207 0.51 % 160,735 865 0.54 % 164,120 738 0.45 %
Schwab equity and bond funds and ETFs 179,764 60 0.13 % 125,814 57 0.18 % 158,625 223 0.14 % 115,849 217 0.19 %
Mutual Fund OneSource ® and other
non-transaction fee funds 219,157 178 0.32 % 198,289 168 0.34 % 215,333 706 0.33 % 199,389 676 0.34 %
Other third-party mutual funds and ETFs (1)   309,007     69     0.09 %     264,703     59     0.09 %     286,111     251     0.09 %     254,584     222     0.09 %
Total mutual funds and ETFs (2)   $ 870,177     507     0.23 %     $ 751,013     491     0.26 %     $ 820,804     2,045     0.25 %     $ 733,942     1,853     0.25 %
Advice solutions (2) :
Fee-based $ 216,546 278 0.51 % $ 184,007 237 0.51 % $ 203,794 1,043 0.51 % $ 177,409 915 0.52 %
Non-fee based   55,368               38,714               48,936               35,262          
Total advice solutions   $ 271,914     278     0.41 %     $ 222,721     237     0.42 %     $ 252,730     1,043     0.41 %     $ 212,671     915     0.43 %
Other balance-based fees (3)   $ 451,310     66     0.06 %     $ 349,610     59     0.07 %     $ 417,659     258     0.06 %     $ 339,071     235     0.07 %
Other (4) 12 14 46 52
Total asset management and administration fees       $ 863               $ 801               $ 3,392               $ 3,055      
(1)   Includes Schwab ETF OneSource.
(2) Advice solutions include managed portfolios, specialized strategies, and customized investment advice such as Schwab Private Client, Schwab Managed Portfolios, Managed Account Select®, Schwab Advisor Network®, Windhaven® Strategies, ThomasPartners® Strategies, Schwab Index Advantage® advised retirement plan balances, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios®, Institutional Intelligent Portfolios®, and Schwab Intelligent Advisory®, launched in March 2017; as well as legacy non-fee advice solutions including Schwab Advisor Source and certain retirement plan balances. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017, a prospective change was made to add non-fee based average assets from managed portfolios. Average client assets for advice solutions may also include the asset balances contained in the mutual fund and/or ETF categories listed above. For a total end of period view, please see the Monthly Activity Report.
(3) Includes various asset-related fees, such as trust fees, 401(k) recordkeeping fees, and mutual fund clearing fees and other service fees. Beginning in the first quarter of 2017, a prospective methodology change was made to average client assets relating to 401(k) recordkeeping fees to provide improved insight into the associated fee driver, which resulted in an increase of approximately $25 billion. There was no impact to revenue or the average fee.
(4) Includes miscellaneous service and transaction fees relating to mutual funds and ETFs that are not balance-based.

THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION

Growth in Client Assets and Accounts

(Unaudited)

         
 

Q4-17 % Change

  2017   2016
vs.   vs. Fourth   Third   Second   First Fourth
(In billions, at quarter end, except as noted) Q4-16 Q3-17   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter
Assets in client accounts
Schwab One®, certain cash equivalents and bank deposits 1 % 2 % $ 198.6 $ 195.0 $ 193.7 $ 199.6 $ 197.4
Proprietary mutual funds (Schwab Funds® and Laudus Funds®):
Money market funds 3 % 163.6 159.2 156.2 162.9 163.5
Equity and bond funds (1) 25 % 7 %   82.5     77.3     73.3     70.1     66.1  
Total proprietary mutual funds 7 % 4 %   246.1     236.5     229.5     233.0     229.6  
Mutual Fund Marketplace® (2)
Mutual Fund OneSource® and other non-transaction fee funds 13 % 2 % 225.2 221.2 224.7 204.9 198.9
Mutual fund clearing services 35 % 12 % 265.4 236.5 226.4 197.5 196.6
Other third-party mutual funds 22 % 5 %   682.6     652.5     609.0     596.2     558.2  
Total Mutual Fund Marketplace 23 % 6 %   1,173.2     1,110.2     1,060.1     998.6     953.7  
Total mutual fund assets 20 % 5 %   1,419.3     1,346.7     1,289.6     1,231.6     1,183.3  
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
Proprietary ETFs (1) 66 % 13 % 99.1 87.8 78.0 69.3 59.8
ETF OneSource™ (2) 35 % 8 % 28.7 26.6 24.9 23.1 21.2
Other third-party ETFs 30 % 8 %   308.8     286.7     270.2     257.0     238.3  
Total ETF assets 37 % 9 %   436.6     401.1     373.1     349.4     319.3  
Equity and other securities 22 % 6 % 1,080.0 1,016.9 971.4 939.7 886.5
Fixed income securities 18 % 3 % 245.6 238.4 229.3 217.5 208.3
Margin loans outstanding 20 % 8 %   (18.3 )   (16.9 )   (16.5 )   (15.3 )   (15.3 )
Total client assets 21 % 6 %   $ 3,361.8     $ 3,181.2     $ 3,040.6     $ 2,922.5     $ 2,779.5  
Client assets by business
Investor Services 21 % 6 % $ 1,810.9 $ 1,707.0 $ 1,634.1 $ 1,565.9 $ 1,495.4
Advisor Services 21 % 5 %   1,550.9     1,474.2     1,406.5     1,356.6     1,284.1  
Total client assets 21 % 6 %   $ 3,361.8     $ 3,181.2     $ 3,040.6     $ 2,922.5     $ 2,779.5  
Net growth in assets in client accounts (for the quarter ended)
Net new assets by business
Investor Services (3) N/M 98 % $ 46.4 $ 23.4 $ 39.9 $ 14.0 $ 13.7
Advisor Services 37 % 12 %   31.7     28.2     24.6     24.9     23.2  
Total net new assets 112 % 51 %   $ 78.1     $ 51.6     $ 64.5     $ 38.9     $ 36.9  
Net market gains N/M 15 %   102.5     89.0     53.6     104.1     17.3  
Net growth N/M 28 %   $ 180.6     $ 140.6     $ 118.1     $ 143.0     $ 54.2  
New brokerage accounts (in thousands, for the quarter ended) 32 % 15 % 386 336 357 362 293
Clients (in thousands)
Active Brokerage Accounts 6 % 2 % 10,755 10,565 10,487 10,320 10,155
Banking Accounts 8 % 2 % 1,197 1,176 1,143 1,120 1,106
Corporate Retirement Plan Participants 2 % 1 %   1,568     1,552     1,540     1,545     1,543  
         
(1)   Includes proprietary equity and bond funds and ETFs held on and off the Schwab platform. As of December 31, 2017, off-platform equity and bond funds and ETFs were $10.1 billion and $24.0 billion, respectively.
(2) Excludes all proprietary mutual funds and ETFs.
(3) Fourth quarter of 2017 includes an inflow of $16.2 billion from a mutual fund clearing services client. Second quarter of 2017 includes inflows of $18.3 billion from a mutual fund clearing services client. First quarter of 2017 includes an outflow of $9.0 billion from a mutual fund clearing services client.
N/M Not meaningful.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation Monthly Activity Report For December 2017

                           
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Market Indices
(at month end)
Dow Jones Industrial Average 19,763 19,864 20,812 20,663 20,941 21,009 21,350 21,891 21,948 22,405 23,377 24,272 24,719 2 % 25 %
Nasdaq Composite 5,383 5,615 5,825 5,912 6,048 6,199 6,140 6,348 6,429 6,496 6,728 6,874 6,903 28 %
Standard & Poor’s 500 2,239 2,279 2,364 2,363 2,384 2,412 2,423 2,470 2,472 2,519 2,575 2,648 2,674 1 % 19 %
Client Assets
(in billions of dollars)
Beginning Client Assets 2,734.6 2,779.5 2,831.3 2,895.2 2,922.5 2,948.8 2,995.8 3,040.6 3,099.9 3,122.3 3,181.2 3,256.5 3,318.8
Net New Assets (1) 18.9 11.1 6.6 21.2 2.8 24.0 37.7 15.8 18.0 17.8 35.4 15.7 27.0 72 % 43 %
Net Market Gains 26.0     40.7     57.3     6.1     23.5     23.0     7.1     43.5     4.4     41.1     39.9     46.6     16.0  
Total Client Assets (at month end) 2,779.5     2,831.3     2,895.2     2,922.5     2,948.8     2,995.8     3,040.6     3,099.9     3,122.3     3,181.2     3,256.5     3,318.8     3,361.8   1 % 21 %
Receiving Ongoing Advisory Services
(at month end)
Investor Services 217.1 220.8 227.9 230.9 234.4 239.1 242.2 247.2 249.9 255.0 259.8 265.1 268.7 1 % 24 %
Advisor Services (2) 1,184.3 1,208.4 1,239.0 1,250.9 1,262.7 1,283.4 1,297.6 1,323.8 1,333.1 1,358.6 1,382.6 1,410.8 1,431.1 1 % 21 %
Client Accounts
(at month end, in thousands)
Active Brokerage Accounts (3) 10,155 10,198 10,254 10,320 10,386 10,439 10,487 10,477 10,525 10,565 10,603 10,671 10,755 1 % 6 %
Banking Accounts 1,106 1,109 1,117 1,120 1,128 1,138 1,143 1,154 1,167 1,176 1,181 1,192 1,197 8 %
Corporate Retirement Plan Participants 1,543 1,543 1,534 1,545 1,543 1,541 1,540 1,540 1,550 1,552 1,556 1,564 1,568 2 %
Client Activity
New Brokerage Accounts (in thousands) 116 111 113 138 125 115 117 107 123 106 117 122 147 20 % 27 %
Inbound Calls (in thousands) 1,931 1,817 1,787 2,111 1,788 1,727 1,736 1,683 1,823 1,709 1,988 1,804 2,046 13 % 6 %
Web Logins (in thousands) 40,720 40,047 40,717 45,441 39,750 44,024 43,790 42,236 47,290 39,639 51,454 50,583 54,486 8 % 34 %
Client Cash as a Percentage of Client Assets (4) 13.0 % 12.7 % 12.4 % 12.4 % 12.1 % 11.8 % 11.5 % 11.3 % 11.4 % 11.1 % 10.9 % 10.8 % 10.8 % (220) bp
Mutual Fund and Exchange-Traded Fund
Net Buys (Sells) (5, 6)
(in millions of dollars)
Large Capitalization Stock 565 265 580 (125 ) 346 134 (63 ) (95 ) (1,683 ) (138 ) (51 ) 85 1,023
Small / Mid Capitalization Stock 1,103 1,364 673 (409 ) (797 ) (285 ) (322 ) (139 ) (293 ) 45 378 (144 ) 274
International (683 ) 1,296 1,633 1,703 2,410 3,610 3,631 2,675 1,705 1,549 1,913 2,627 1,852
Specialized 20 411 1,007 273 570 529 647 236 279 465 655 58 424
Hybrid (456 ) (53 ) 258 563 92 65 (340 ) 142 (272 ) 460 (118 ) (263 ) 307
Taxable Bond 1,045 3,144 3,535 3,876 2,060 3,618 3,499 3,064 3,481 3,809 3,466 2,389 2,561
Tax-Free Bond (1,692 ) 864 472 300 155 290 507 453 715 494 452 371 341
Net Buy (Sell) Activity
(in millions of dollars)
Mutual Funds (5) (5,825 ) 2,522 4,005 2,368 1,116 3,837 2,980 3,201 1,048 3,002 2,401 882 775
Exchange-Traded Funds (6) 5,727 4,769 4,153 3,813 3,720 4,124 4,579 3,135 2,884 3,682 4,294 4,241 6,007
Money Market Funds 1,141 (1,761 ) (181 ) 1,218 (4,434 ) (1,167 ) (1,260 ) 1,022 2,105 (374 ) 213 1,166 2,968
Average Interest-Earning Assets (7)
(in millions of dollars) 212,052 216,001 216,112 218,554 217,407 215,252 214,709 212,108 214,458 216,472 219,658 223,292 228,540   2 % 8 %
(1)   October 2017 includes an inflow of $16.2 billion from a mutual fund clearing services client. June 2017 includes an inflow of $15.6 billion from a mutual fund clearing services client. February 2017 includes an outflow of $9.0 billion from a mutual fund clearing services client.
(2) Excludes Retirement Business Services.
(3) Periodically, the Company reviews its active account base. In July 2017, active brokerage accounts were reduced by approximately 48,000 as a result of low-balance closures.
(4) Schwab One®, certain cash equivalents, bank deposits, and money market fund balances as a percentage of total client assets.
(5) Represents the principal value of client mutual fund transactions handled by Schwab, including transactions in proprietary funds. Includes institutional funds available only to Investment Managers. Excludes money market fund transactions.
(6) Represents the principal value of client ETF transactions handled by Schwab, including transactions in proprietary ETFs.
(7) Represents average total interest-earning assets on the Company’s balance sheet.

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