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How to buy Charles Schwab (SCHW) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Charles Schwab shares.

Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW) is a leading capital markets business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$72.49 after a previous close of US$73.39. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD72.11 to a high of USD73.49. The latest price was USD73.25 (25 minute delay). Charles Schwab is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Charles Schwab

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Charles Schwab. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: SCHW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Charles Schwab reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$73.39, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Charles Schwab, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Charles Schwab. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights.

Charles Schwab stock price (NYSE:SCHW)

Use our graph to track the performance of SCHW stocks over time.

Have Charles Schwab's shares ever split?

Charles Schwab's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 30 May 2000. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before the split, the next day you would own 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Charles Schwab shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Charles Schwab shares which in turn could have impacted Charles Schwab's share price.

Charles Schwab shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-06-14.
Previous closeUS$73.39
Change US$-0.14
Change % -0.1908%
Volume 5,459,882
Information last updated 2024-06-13.
52-week rangeUS$48.0866 - US$79.49
50-day moving average US$74.0142
200-day moving average US$64.3684
Target priceUS$78.06
PE ratio 30.7782
Dividend yield US$1 (1.36%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$2.39

Charles Schwab share growth calculator


Use the fields above to explore the returns from a historical investment. Please refer to the charts further up this page to see performance over 5 years, or other periods. Past performance doesn't indicate future results. Capital is at risk.

Charles Schwab price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $73.25

1 week (2024-06-07) -0.92%
1 month (2024-05-14) -4.96%
3 months (2024-03-14) 9.98%
6 months (2023-12-14) 3.26%
1 year (2023-06-13) 33.79%
2 years (2022-06-13) 21.60%
3 years (2021-06-14) 1.72%
5 years (2019-06-14) 78.61%

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Is it a good time to buy Charles Schwab stock?

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Is Charles Schwab under- or over-valued?

Valuing Charles Schwab stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Charles Schwab's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Charles Schwab's P/E ratio

Charles Schwab's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, Charles Schwab shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Charles Schwab's PEG ratio

Charles Schwab's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1933. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Charles Schwab's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Charles Schwab share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Charles Schwab's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$48.0866 up to US$79.49. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SCHW.US volatility(beta: 0.95)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Charles Schwab's is 0.954. This would suggest that Charles Schwab's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Charles Schwab financials

Revenue TTM US$18.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 38.63%
Gross profit TTM US$20.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.96%
Return on equity TTM 12.26%
Profit margin 26.14%
Book value 18.184
Market capitalisation US$134.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Charles Schwab share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 34.01% of net profits

Recently Charles Schwab has paid out, on average, around 34.01% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Charles Schwab shareholders could enjoy a 1.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Charles Schwab's case, that would currently equate to about $1 per share.

While Charles Schwab's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Charles Schwab may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Charles Schwab's most recent dividend payout was on 23 May 2024. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 May 2024 (the "ex-dividend date").

Charles Schwab's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Charles Schwab.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Charles Schwab's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.29

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Charles Schwab's overall score of 20.29 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Charles Schwab is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Charles Schwab's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.61/100

Charles Schwab's social score

Social score: 8.8/100

Charles Schwab's governance score

Governance score: 8.38/100

Charles Schwab's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Charles Schwab scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Charles Schwab has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Charles Schwab Corp was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.29
Total ESG percentile 35.08
Environmental score 1.61
Social score 8.8
Governance score 8.38
Level of controversy 1

Charles Schwab overview

The Charles Schwab Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a savings and loan holding company that provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services. It offers brokerage accounts with equity and fixed income trading, margin lending, options trading, futures and forex trading, and cash management capabilities, including certificates of deposit; third-party mutual funds through the Mutual Fund Marketplace and Mutual Fund OneSource service, as well as mutual fund trading and clearing services to broker-dealers; exchange-traded funds; advisory solutions for managed portfolios, separately managed accounts, customized personal advice for tailored portfolios, specialized planning, and full-time portfolio management; banking products comprising checking and savings accounts, first lien residential real estate mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, and pledged asset lines; and trust custody services, personal trust reporting services, and administrative trustee services. It also provides digital retirement calculators; integrated web-, mobile-, and software-based trading platforms, real-time market data, options trading, premium research, and multi-channel access; self-service education and support tools; online research and analysis tools; equity compensation plan sponsors full-service recordkeeping for stock plans, stock options, restricted stock, performance shares, and stock appreciation rights; retirement plan services; mutual fund clearing services; and advisor services, including interactive tools and educational content. The Company operates through branch offices. The Charles Schwab Corporation was incorporated in 1971 and is headquartered in Westlake, Texas.

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