Know What’s Ahead

The world is rapidly changing. Knowing what to expect is critical today and will be in the future.


Economic analysis and forecasts from our award-winning Chief Economist Scott Anderson and his team help keep you informed whether you are a business decision maker, investor, or consumer.


Scott Anderson is the Chief Economist for Bank of the West. He analyzes international, national, and regional economic trends and provides forecasts for the bank management, business lines, and clients. He is a recipient of the NABE Outlook Award for most accurate economic forecaster.



U.S. Outlook

A weekly report with analysis of current U.S. economic activity and longer-term economic and interest rate forecasts.



COVID Relief Sends Treasury Yields Rising In February

February 26, 2021

What is going on in the U.S. Treasury bond market? Read more >

All Signs Point To “Going Big” On Coronavirus Relief

February 12, 2021

We made another significant upward revision to our baseline economic growth outlook for the United States this week. Read more >

Pandemic Hits Jobs Again in January

February 5, 2021

The pandemic left another visible mark on nonfarm and private sector job creation in January. Read more >

Instant Analysis

Insights on the day’s U.S. economic releases and Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meetings and minutes.

Feb 24, 2021
New Home Sales Climb In January

New home sales increased 4.3% in January, and December sales were revised higher as well. Low mortgage rates and strong demand for suburban homes with more space are supporting higher home sale. Read more >



California Outlook

A quarterly analysis of California’s major economic regions and labor, housing, income, spending, and demographic trends.



California Economic Outlook – December 2020

December 17, 2020

California’s labor market recovery is lagging the nation as job losses in pandemic impacted industries remain high and new business restrictions and stay at home orders begin to bite.
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California Economic Outlook – September 2020

September 22, 2020

Economic growth has resumed and net job loss has ended in California after a sharp and unprecedented decline in March and April.
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California Economic Outlook – June 2020

June 9, 2020

California’s job growth engine has come to a screeching halt like an automatic car transmission that suddenly gets thrown into reverse.
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The Economics of Climate Change in California

Bank of the West Chief Economist Scott Anderson addresses the risks and opportunities that climate change poses in California.

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