Liz Ann Sonders

Liz Ann Sonders

Formal First Name
Liz Ann

Liz Ann Sonders is a Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab. In her role, she is responsible for a range of investment strategies, including market and economic analysis, investor education, and asset allocation recommendations, all of which are focused on the individual investor. Her examination and interpretation of the economy and markets are communicated to clients through written reports, audio and video recordings, conference calls, and webcasts. Today, Sonders is recognized as one of the leading women on Wall Street.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Sonders got involved in the markets after she graduated from college in 1986. 
  • She found work as an Assistant Portfolio Manager at Avatar Associates, a money management firm where she learned the intricacies of energy and other sectors. She eventually joined the firm's management committee and co-chaired its stock selection committee. 
  • She moved to U.S. Trust in 1999, a financial institution that was later acquired by Schwab. 


  • Power 30 by SmartMoney
  • Best Strategist of the Year by Kiplinger
  • 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker
  • 50 Top Women in Wealth by AdvisorOne
  • IA 25 by Investment Advisor
  • 100 Most Influential Women in Finance by Barron’s Magazine
  • Exceptional Role Model for Young Women by the Girl Scouts of New York in 2008
  • Alumni Wall of Fame by the University of Delaware in 2013


  • Sonders is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, CNN, Fox Business News, and Yahoo Finance. 
  • She was a regular panelist and guest host on PBS’s original Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser. 
  • She is often quoted in financial publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s, and Financial Times.
  • She is a keynote speaker at many conferences, including for NYSSA, FPA, CFA Institutes, Morningstar, and IMCA.
  • She is a regular contributor to Schwab's publications and the keynote speaker at many of the company's corporate and client events.