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Schwab launches emerging markets and small-cap equities ETFs

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Charles Schwab Investment Management has launched the Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF and the Schwab International Small-Cap Equity ETF.

They are the seventh and eighth ETFs from Charles Schwab with low operating expense ratios and commission-free online trading in Schwab accounts.

The first four Schwab ETFs — US Broad Market, US Large-Cap, US Small-Cap and International Equity were launched 3 November. The Schwab US Large-Cap Growth ETF and the Schwab US Large-Cap Value ETF were launched on 11 December.

“Individual investors and investment advisers count on Schwab for products that provide exceptional value, and our clients have indicated an interest in ETFs as a way to invest in and trade entire segments of the market,” says Peter Crawford, senior vice president at Charles Schwab. “These two new ETFs allow investors to access emerging markets equities and international small-cap equities. And commission-free online trades make the Schwab ETFs an even more cost-effective investment.”

The two new funds each have an expense ratio of 0.35 per cent. Like the first six funds, they can be bought and sold commission-free online in Schwab accounts.

The board of trustees of the Schwab ETF Trust approved the termination of the Distribution and Shareholder Services (12b-1) Plan for all proprietary ETFs. This change was filed with the SEC on 13 January 2009.

“We’ve eliminated our Rule 12b-1 plan to simplify our pricing and remove the potential additional costs,” says Crawford. “This change reaffirms our commitment to providing clients with optimal value in our relationship with them.”

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