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What is an ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund)? – Charles Schwab

**An asset-weighted average basis is used to give more weight to funds with greater assets. It reflects where investors are actually putting their assets, and thus, better reflects the actual expenses by investors than does a simple average (weighting each fund equally).

1. Based on competitor pricing information obtained from their respective websites: Fidelity, E*Trade, TD Ameritrade, and Vanguard. Competitor pricing and offers subject to change without notice.

2. Standard online $0 commission does not apply to over-the-counter (OTC) equities, transaction-fee mutual funds, futures, fixed-income investments, or trades placed directly on a foreign exchange or in the Canadian market. Options trades will be subject to the standard $0.65 per-contract fee. Service charges apply for trades placed through a broker ($25) or by automated phone ($5). Exchange process, ADR, and Stock Borrow fees still apply. See the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors for full fee and commission schedules.

ETFs at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”) which are U.S. exchange-listed can be traded without a commission on buy and sell transactions made online in a Schwab account. Unlisted ETFs are subject to a commission. Please see pricing guide for additional information. Schwab does not receive payment to promote any particular ETF to its customers. Schwab’s affiliate Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (“CSIM”) serves as investment advisor to the Schwab ETFs, which compensate CSIM out of the applicable operating expense ratios. The amount of the fees is disclosed in the prospectus of each ETF.

Schwab receives remuneration from third-party active semi-transparent (also known as non-transparent) ETFs or their sponsors for platform support and technology, shareholder communications, reporting, and similar administrative services for third-party active semi-transparent ETFs available at Schwab. This fee will vary, but typically is an asset-based fee of 0.10% per annum of the assets held at Schwab. Neither Schwab’s affiliate CSIM nor Schwab active semi-transparent ETFs pay a separate fee to Schwab for these services described, although CSIM reimburses Schwab, in its capacity as an affiliated financial intermediary of CSIM’s, for Schwab’s costs in providing certain professional, administrative, and support services for the Schwab ETFs.

3. Industry OERs obtained from Morningstar, as of 10/31/2021. Includes OERs from all funds sold in the U.S., excluding money market funds and fund of funds. OERs are net expense ratios and may not take into account the impact of fee cuts or fee increases that occurred since the prospectus was last filed.

4. Asset-weighted average expense ratio from Morningstar as of 10/31/2021.

Investors should consider carefully information contained in the prospectus or, if available, the summary prospectus, including investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. You can request a prospectus by calling Schwab at 800-435-4000. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investment returns will fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Unlike mutual funds, shares of ETFs are not individually redeemable directly with the ETF. Shares of ETFs are bought and sold at market price, which may be higher or lower than the net asset value (NAV).

Diversification does not eliminate the risk of investment losses.

Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (CSIM), is the investment advisor for Schwab ETFs. Schwab ETFs are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co. (SIDCO). SIDCO is not affiliated with CSIM or Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Schwab)

CSIM and Schwab are separated but affiliated companies and subsidiaries of the Charles Schwab Corporation.

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