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Bank of the West

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APYACCOUNT TYPEACCOUNT NAME
0.80%5-year CD60 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.11%1-year CD10 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.01%SavingsClassic Savings

Overview / Commentary
800-488-2265
180 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Bank of the West is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and is one of the 50 largest banks in the United States. It operates through hundreds of retail and commercial locations across the country and offers a range of products and services.

On its Personal Banking side, Bank of the West offers the standard deposit accounts: Checking, Savings, CDs, and Money Markets. Its five different checking accounts vary in terms and requirements and all have a monthly service charge except for the 55 Plus Checking account. The bank offers opportunities to waive or reduce the monthly service charge by performing certain tasks like signing up for paperless statements. Its Choice Interest Checking account offers typically low interest rates. There are two Savings Account offerings – Online Savings and Classic Savings – and both come with a monthly service fee that can be waived by keeping a minimum account balance.

Bank of the West also offers a Money Market account that offers variable interest rates based on account balances. This account must be opened at a branch and comes with a monthly service charge that can be waived. It also offers CDs (Certificates of Deposit) with a variety of term lengths, from 7 days to 5 years. Interest rates on all of its deposit accounts are usually lower than the national average.

Bank of the West is held by BancWest Corporation, which is wholly owned by BNP Paribas. It also offers credit cards, loans, investment management, and retirement management services to its customers. Bank of the West online banking and mobile platforms offer personal account management via smartphone and tablet apps, mobile web, and text banking. These sophisticated platforms allow customers to transfer funds, pay bills, and manage their accounts quickly and easily. On Bank of the West’s commercial and small business sides, it offers banking solutions tailored to specific industries such as Agribusiness, Religious Institution, Healthcare, Real Estate, Title & Escrow, Financial Institutions, and Government Banking.

Bank of the West began in 1874 as Farmers National Gold Bank, nearly two decades after the culmination of the California gold rush. It changed its name once in 1880 to First National Bank of San Jose before finally transitioning to become Bank of the West in 1979.

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Bank of the West Offers $150 And $300 Checking Bonuses - 3/6/2017

Bank of the West is offering two bonuses: $150 Easy Checking and a $300 Premier Checking. Offer is available online and in-branch to residents of 19 states.

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7/29/13 - Another Bank of the West Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
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2/5/13 - Another $150 Checking Bonus at Bank of the West - Certain States Only
1/22/13 - $150 Checking Account Bonus At 3 Los Angeles Bank Of The West Branches
7/31/12 - Bank of the West's $150 & $200 Checking Account Bonuses - Certain States Only
3/28/12 - Competitive 5-Year CD Rate at Bank of the West in Some States
3/19/12 - Bank of the West's Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
1/10/12 - Bank of the West Ends its Free Checking Account
8/8/11 - Bank of the West's $100 Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
4/3/11 - Bank Of The West $100 Checking Account Bonus
2/13/11 - Bank of the West's $100 Checking Account Bonus
12/23/10 - Bank Of The West - Ipod Touch Arrives Just In Time For Christmas!
11/26/10 - Update - Bank Of The West Ipod Deal
10/6/10 - iPod touch Promotion Problem At Bank Of The West
8/16/10 - Bank Of The West Ipod Touch Checking Promotion Update
7/19/10 - iPod touch Checking Account Promotion at Bank of the West - Certain States Only
7/18/10 - Bank of the West's $100 Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
3/10/10 - Update on Bank of the West Checking Account Bonus, Free ATMs and Online Savings Account
2/5/10 - Bank of the West Cuts Online Savings Account Rate
1/14/10 - $100 Checking Account Bonus and an Online Savings Account at Bank of the West - Update
11/6/09 - Update on Bank of the West $100 Checking Account Promotion
11/2/09 - $100 Checking Account Bonus and an Online Savings Account at Bank of the West
5/1/09 - $100 Checking Account / Direct Deposit Bonus at Bank of the West in Several States
9/11/08 - $100 Checking Account Bonus at Bank of the West

Excellent Customer Service

Posted by: norcal | Jul 3, 2017

Very much a traditional bank. Even though it's a major regional chain, the branches have a very friendly feel. Staff is empowered to help you with whatever you need. Deposit accounts are pretty much standard, with relatively low interest rates to match. Probably best for everyday banking and the wide range of services that a bank can offer.

Nice feature: Bank of the West ATMs give both $5 and $20 bills.

Banking at Bank of the West

From the time I opened my first checking out I have used four different banks. From being a high school student, being married, moving states and becoming separated. I have opened accounts at different times in my life. This last time I found myself in a very emotional state and had to open an account with Bank of the West. The customer service was fantastic from the moment I walked into the door. They took the time to greet me and point me in the direction I needed to go. After I picked the plan I wanted for my checking they explained to me the benefits and cost of my checking account. Then they helped me set up my online banking to make balancing, withdrawing, paying bills and depositing easier. Within days I had my pin number and debit card in the mail and had easy acces to signing up.

Bank of the West - Too much of a hassle to switch

My experience with Bank of the West has been less than stellar. You are just a number in their system without any personalization to your account. The only thing that is seems they care about is that you have money in your account and are making transactions. Their mobile experience is fine but they seem to be the last of the bigger banks to implement any new technology. They have mobile deposits now but it was a year or 2 after all the other banks have rolled it out. They still are not reimbursing for ATM fees which seems to have become the norm for a lot of other banks. The only reason I have not switched is because it would be such a hassle switching over all my auto payments to a new account and I don't deal in cash too often to the ATM fees is not a big deal. Once I get some free time to take care of everything and tie up loose ends, I will be moving on from Bank of the West.

Bad Bank Dont Use

Posted by: Rick Tate | Nov 28, 2017

They closed the Belton branch and took the ATM. Now got to drive 8 miles and found out the ATM there is gone. What a load of crappy. I will be switching soon but it's such a pain to do. Which banks make it harder to do on purpose. They know if they make it hard you Will put up with their crap

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Health Grade Components

Overall
FDIC Certificate #3514
Year Established1874
Employees9869
Primary RegulatorFDIC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.64%
Return on Equity - YTD4.55%
Annual Interest Income$2.01B
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$89.72B$82.57B
LoansQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$60.56B$57.42B
DepositsQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$68.09B$60.74B
Equity CapitalQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$12.29B$12.46B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$604.7MM$583.9MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$320.5MM$294.8MM
Real Estate OwnedQ3 2017vs Q3 2016$10.8MM$12.9MM
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Bank of the West Savings Account Rates

APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
0.01%--Classic Savings

Bank of the West Money Market Rates

APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
0.25%*$50k*$250kChoice Money Market w/ Signature or Premier Checking - Relationship
OTHER TIERS: 0.04% Up to $10k | 0.13% $10k - $25k | 0.14% $500k+ | 0.16% $25k - $50k | 0.18% $250k - $500k
0.18%*$50k*$250kChoice Money Market w/ Signature or Premier Checking - Relationship Premium
OTHER TIERS: 0.02% Up to $10k | 0.03% $1mm+ | 0.04% $500k - $1mm | 0.08% $250k - $500k | 0.09% $10k - $25k | 0.11% $25k - $50k
0.17%*$100k*$250kChoice Money Market w/ Checking - Relationship
OTHER TIERS: 0.04% Up to $10k | 0.11% $10k - $50k | 0.14% $50k+ | 0.16% $250k - $500k
0.11%*$1m*-Choice Money Market w/ Signature or Premier Checking - Standard
OTHER TIERS: 0.02% Up to $10k | 0.04% $10k - $25k | 0.05% $25k - $50k | 0.07% $50k - $250k | 0.10% $250k - $1mm
0.11%*$1m*-Choice Money Market w/ Checking - Standard
OTHER TIERS: 0.02% Up to $10k | 0.04% $10k - $25k | 0.05% $25k - $50k | 0.07% $50k - $250k | 0.10% $250k - $1mm
0.10%*$100k*$250kChoice Money Market w/ Checking - Relationship Premium
OTHER TIERS: 0.02% Up to $10k | 0.03% $1mm+ | 0.04% $500k - $1mm | 0.06% $25k - $500k | 0.07% $10k - $100k

Bank of the West Checking Account Rates

APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
0.02%*$25k*-Bank of the West Premier Checking
OTHER TIERS: 0.01% Up to $25k

Bank of the West CD Rates

APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
1.51%*$25k*-14 Month Premium Money Market CD
OTHER TIERS: 0.15% $2,500 - $25k
0.80%$2,500-60 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.70%$2,500-16 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.65%$1k-48 - 60 Month Flexible Term CD
0.55%$1k-36 - 47 Month Flexible Term CD
0.45%$1k-24 - 35 Month Flexible Term CD
0.45%$2,500-24 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.27%$2,500-18 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.20%$2,500-15 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.20%$2,500-12 Month Relationship CD
0.15%$2,500-13 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.12%$1k-12 - 23 Month Flexible Term CD
0.12%$2,500-12 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.11%$2,500-8 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.11%$2,500-10 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.09%$1k-180 - 364 Day Flexible Term CD
0.09%$2,500-182 Day Premium Money Market CD
0.05%$1k-32 - 89 Day Flexible Term CD
0.03%$1k-90 - 179 Day Flexible Term CD
0.03%$2,500-91 Day Premium Money Market CD

Bank of the West IRA Rates

APYMINMAXACCOUNT NAMEVIEW DETAILS
0.65%$100-48- 60 Month Flexible IRA
0.45%$100-24- 35 Month Flexible IRA
0.45%$100-24 Month Premium Money Market IRA
0.27%$100-18 Month Premium Money Market IRA
0.12%$100-12- 23 Month Flexible IRA
0.12%$100-12 Month Premium Money Market IRA
0.12%$100-12 Month IRA Add-On
0.11%$100-8 Month Premium Money Market IRA
0.09%$100-182 Day Premium Money Market IRA
0.03%$100-91 Day Premium Money Market IRA
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