Transfer an Existing Account to a Schwab Account with Marotta Wealth Management

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Transfer an Existing Account to Schwab Institutional Intelligent Portfolios with Marotta Wealth ManagementIn addition to our “Comprehensive” and “Collaborative” service levels, we also offer some of our services in a “Do-It-Yourself” service level that has a lower annual fee and no minimum. Basic services include asset allocation design and portfolio management using Schwab’s Institutional Intelligent Portfolios, an automated investment management platform. Some additional services are available for an additional charge.

There are two ways to transfer your account to either a regular Schwab account or to a Schwab Institutional Intelligent Portfolios account with Marotta Wealth Management. Both ways require that you open an account using the online account open.

If you are not yet a Marotta Do-It-Yourself client, you should follow the instructions here to open a Schwab Institutional Intelligent Portfolios account or use the paperwork guides here to open a regular Schwab account.

If you are already a client, make sure you have an account that is qualified to receive the transfer. For a transfer to be successful, the titling of the account you want to transfer should match the account that will receive the funds. Therefore, if you are transferring a brokerage account owned by Jane and John Smith via Tenants by the Entirety, then the recipient account should be a brokerage account owned by Jane and John Smith via Tenants by the Entirety. If the account titling does not match, the transfer may fail to process.

If you already have a matching account open that you would like to consolidate your transfer into, you can also use that existing account to receive the funds.

If you need a new Intelligent Portfolios account, you can login to and select “Add an Account” in the menu on the left (picture of that here) to go through the new account process again.

The online transfer process is very quick and easy, but in order to complete it, you will need a statement of the account you wish to transfer that’s from the last 90 days. Now is a good time for you to go download one from your previous custodian’s website.

After your receiving Schwab account is open and you have downloaded a recent statement of the account you wish to transfer, login to Schwab Alliance at, select the “Move Money” tab and click “Transfer Account”.


On the page that loads, search for the name of the custodian of the account that you want to transfer. Click “Search” and select the firm of your choice.


On the next page, you will need to enter your account number and select the account type from the drop down menu. You will also have to select the Schwab account that you would like the funds to transfer into. Here’s an example using Vanguard:

Click the green “Continue” button. Then, on the next several pages, read the prompts and answer the questions. You will likely want to select “Transfer the entire account”, double check that the account titling and number matches, and then consent to the eSignature disclosures.

After clicking the green “Submit Transfer” button, you will receive a confirmation number from Schwab and will be asked to attach an account statement from the last 90 days.

Click to “Attach an Account Statement” and “Compose New Message” under Forms or Account Documents. You can include a message that has the confirmation number you received earlier from Schwab. Click “Add File” to upload the file and then click “Send.”

Any time you transfer into a Schwab Institutional Intelligent Portfolio account, the algorithm will sell the holdings you have transferred and buy new holdings according to the target asset allocation set on the account. If the account you are transferring is a taxable brokerage account, the sale of securities may result in realizing capital gains and capital gains tax being owed. You should understand the impact on your taxes before transferring a taxable brokerage account.

You can log back on periodically to check the status of the transfer. If you ever have any concerns about if you did the process correctly, you can easily call Schwab Alliance at 800-515-2157 or message them via the message center to ask.

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