Charles Schwab to give most employees 5% raise, pushes back return to office

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A pedestrian passes in front of a Charles Schwab Corp. bank branch in downtown Chicago, Illinois.Christopher Dilts | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesBrokerage Charles Schwab is giving most of its employees a special 5% pay raise as record stock market levels propel the industry's earnings.CEO Walt Bettinger said Thursday in a press release that he wanted to reward employees "for their contributions and their relentless commitment to see the world through clients' eyes, even during the most challenging times."Schwab, one of the biggest U.S. brokerages along with competitors like Fidelity, Interactive Brokers and upstart Robinhood, has benefited mightily from rising stock markets and increased retail participation during the pandemic. Schwab said that in the first half of the year, clients opened 4.8 million new accounts and new assets totaled $257 billion, double the year-earlier amount.The raises "will be applied to the vast majority of the company's employees, effective late Septembe
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