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415-765-4886
295 Bush 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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One Weekly Only - 13-Month CD Special, 2.00% APY - 4/23/2018

This may be only available in California. I couldn't find it on BotW's website. CSRs I spoke with didn't know anything about this Special, as it wasn't on their cheat sheet. Live Chat was down and my call to a "CD Specialist" went unanswered. At that point, I gave up. Bank of the West: California Premium Money Market Certificates of Deposits **** LIMITED TIME offer only available from 4/23/2018-4/30/2018: Promotional Rate available on new 13-Month CD opened with all NEW money. ****Promotional Rate eligibility—All funds must be new to Bank of the West in order to receive this promotional CD rate. https://www.bankofthewest.com/personal-banking/ViewFullRates.html?regionName=California&productGroupId=1089&premierProductGroupId=

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2/5/14 - Bank of the West Checking Account Bonuses Return - Certain States Only
7/29/13 - Another Bank of the West Checking Account Bonus - Certain States Only
7/29/13 - History of Bank of the West Promotion Bonus Payouts
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.

Bank of the West Checking and Savings

Posted by: Caliware | Apr 29, 2018

I used Bank of America as my first bank account growing up. They are a small bank that cater to Washington State, Oregon, and California. I enjoyed banking with them very much. Any time I went in the tellers would know me by name and were always friendly. They have grown a little bit since I banked with them but I expect the customer service aspect will be as good as it was then. The website at the time that I banked with them wasn't the best, it didn't have all of the features that a national bank would have. Also they couldn't offer the best interest rates that the national banks offered. However they maintained free checking even when the national banks started charging or putting requirements on the free checking. Overall I think the uptick in customer service was worth the few percentage points that you lost when comparing the bank to national ones.

Bank of the west

I opened a checking account with BOTW 2 years ago. Initially no issues. Low fees for transactions and withdrawals. Nice staff inside locations. However, atms in my area are often out of work. Mobile app has been a pain. Does not work, crashes frequently, not too user friendly. The products are competetive but sometimea I wonder if going with a larger bank rather than a local one would be more convenient.

BOW is my bank of choice

I have banked with Bank of the West since it was previously commercial federal. I started with a savings account where my deposits were printed in a savings book. I have grown with the company since with every new obstacle in life. Help with my first home, my first car. They are a great company to work with!

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Overall
FDIC Certificate #3514
Year Established1874
Employees10095
Primary RegulatorFDIC
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.77%
Return on Equity - YTD5.76%
Annual Interest Income$1.47B
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$89.56B$86.91B
LoansQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$60.78B$59.71B
DepositsQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$68.56B$64.08B
Equity CapitalQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$11.96B$12.21B
Loan Loss AllowanceQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$614.8MM$604.1MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$308.6MM$348.6MM
Real Estate OwnedQ2 2018vs Q2 2017$9.0MM$18.2MM
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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
0.21%*$1m*-Choice Money Market w/ Checking - Standard
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $10k | 0.14% $10k - $25k | 0.15% $25k - $50k | 0.17% $50k - $250k | 0.20% $250k - $1m

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
2.25%$25k-14 Month Premium Money Market CD Special
1.75%$2.5k-16 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.80%$2.5k-60 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%$2.5k-24 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.27%$2.5k-18 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.20%$2.5k-15 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.20%$2.5k-12 Month Relationship CD
0.15%$2.5k-13 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.15%$2.5k$25k14 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.12%$1k-12 - 23 Month Flexible Term CD
0.12%$2.5k-12 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.11%$2.5k-8 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.11%$2.5k-10 Month Premium Money Market CD
0.09%$1k-180 - 364 Day Flexible Term CD
0.09%$2.5k-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%$2.5k-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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