Schwab ETF's like other ETF's can be a dangerous thing. On May 6, 2010, during Flash crash, SCHA was quoted berween 0.10 and 31.50 within seconds. I placed a market order, hoping to get a good price, I ended up paying $30.40, whereas the price based on market situation at that time should be around $26. So I paid $4.40 more for every 100 shares. Schwab will not cancel the trade. Who pocketed this money. Schwab says not them. But for me it was much more that paying the commission for 100 ETF trades. No commission is really not no commission.
So far your dead wrong! SCHWAB ETF's are the next big thing in passive investing, and with no commissions it's a winner for small $additions$ to build an ETF position(s) with no further costs to an already very low-cost investment!
I can't help woonder how you could make such a statement, and mean it?!
Nonsense. The other ETFs will keep dying if they don't follow suit. Presently Vanguard is Schwab's only real competitor because of its extremely low expense ratio. ETFs are still relatively new and strange to the mass public and average investor, and after 2008 people are smarting from the losses in their mutual funds and 401Ks (forget the tax benefits of a Roth. There were no profits after 2008, and you can't even take a loss in an IRA the way you can in a regular stock account). As people gain confidence in stocks once again, and realize that ETFs provide 1. diversification, 2. the advantage of cost-averaging, 3. the greater advantage of cost-averaging when there are no sales fees, thus permitting the buyer to "nibble" at stocks with no fear of being eaten alive--then you'll see some real action. Both in Schwab ETFs and in any other ETFs that care enough about surviving to bring their expense charges in line with Schwab and Vanguard.