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Natalie Picha, James Fields, and Helen Semus are clients of Schwab and were not compensated for their comments. Schwab paid travel-related costs. The experience described may not be the experience of all clients and is not a guarantee of future performance or success.


1. The Cerulli Report, U.S. Intermediary Distribution 2018, Exhibit 2.05.

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