Charles R. Schwab Honored With Financial Innovation Award by the Museum of American Finance

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8:30 am PST



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"Charles Schwab is the perfect inaugural Financial Innovation Award recipient, given his many creations that assisted and championed the individual investor"

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Museum of American Finance honored Charles R. Schwab, at its annual gala on January 12, 2016.

This was the museum’s inauguration of its Financial Innovation Award, recognizing individuals who have introduced new markets or new financial instruments to the financial system.

Announcing the award, the museum said of Mr. Schwab: “Often credited with ‘democratizing’ investing, Mr. Schwab has driven countless innovations in the investment services industry designed to help individuals make the most of saving and investing, including 24/7 access to services; the one-stop mutual fund supermarket providing access to thousands of no-load, no transaction fee mutual funds; custodial services for independent registered investment advisors; online investing and many others.”

“Charles Schwab is the perfect inaugural Financial Innovation Award recipient, given his many creations that assisted and championed the individual investor,” said David Cowen, President and CEO of the Museum of American Finance.

Charles (“Chuck”) Schwab started the San Francisco-based Charles Schwab in 1971 as a traditional brokerage company and in 1974 became a pioneer in the discount brokerage business.

Mr. Schwab took an early lead, offering a combination of low prices with fast, efficient order executions, and soon became the nation's largest discount broker. Today, the company is the nation's largest publicly traded investment services firm with over $2.5 trillion in client assets and provides a full-service investing, wealth management and banking experience to clients domestically and abroad and serves over 10 million accounts.

Mr. Schwab has been chairman of The Charles Schwab Corporation since its inception and served as Chief Executive officer for most of its history until October 2008. He is also Chairman of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and Charles Schwab Bank.

“Our success came from a team of people devoted to finding a better way for investors. We were on a mission, and still are today, to innovate in the areas that truly matter to investors: on cost, on ease and access, and particularly on outcomes – because our ultimate goal is to help people fulfill their financial dreams,” said Mr. Schwab.

In addition to his professional commitments, Mr. Schwab takes an active interest in a variety of volunteer and non-profit activities. Along with his wife Helen, he is the co-founder and chairman of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, a private foundation that supports entrepreneurial organizations working in education, poverty prevention, human services and health. Mr. Schwab also serves as chairman of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

On January 22, 2008, President George W. Bush named Mr. Schwab chairman of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, a groundbreaking initiative that advised the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on ways to promote and enhance financial literacy among the American people.

He is the author of several bestselling investment books, including, How to Be Your Own Stockbroker, Charles Schwab's Guide to Financial Independence, It Pays To Talk, written with his daughter, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, and You're Fifty — Now What?

Mr. Schwab was born in Sacramento, California. He is a graduate of Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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