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Schwab units paying $118.9 million in settlement

| Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Two units of Charles Schwab Corp. on Tuesday agreed to pay a total $118.9 million to settle federal regulators' civil charges of making misleading statements about the risks of a short-term bond fund.

Company founder and chairman Charles Schwab himself lost money as one of the biggest investors in the fund, the company said. The company called the steep decline of the YieldPlus Fund the result "of an unprecedented and unforeseeable credit crisis and market collapse" in 2007 and 2008.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Schwab marketed the fund as a conservative investment only slightly riskier than a money-market fund even though half its assets were invested in high-risk securities.

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