The Benefits of Mutual Funds

Mutual funds give you the opportunity to own a percentage of each fund’s entire holdings–stocks, bonds or other investments–in a single purchase. They can help diversify your portfolio and may lower potential risk. Their investment strategies range from aggressive to conservative, making it easier to find the right match for your portfolio.

The Benefits of Mutual Funds at BancWest Investment Services

We have an extensive list of no-load mutual funds from a variety of fund families, a host of tools and resources and ongoing professional guidance, if you need it.

Invest with us and enjoy:

  • A continually expanding selection of funds.
  • Potentially lower expenses with our variety of no-load, no-transaction-fee funds.
  • A selection of target date funds,1 which may be ideal for investors just starting to save for retirement.
  • Convenient access to online tools to help you make informed decisions.

Streamline your search with our Mutual Fund Screener to quickly find the funds that match your goals. Here’s what you can do:

  • Find funds according to category, fees, ratings and more.
  • Create and save custom screens based on your investing ideas.

Identify the right funds for your portfolio with BancWest Top PicksSM 2

  • View a researched list of ETFs and no-load, no-transaction fee mutual funds powered by Morningstar Associates, LLC
  • Select funds by asset class to meet your investment objectives

Find information on specific funds in our Morningstar® Mutual Fund Report.

Review our current list of fund families3

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1Investing in target date funds involves some level of risk, regardless of the allocation. Evaluate if such investment is suitable depending on your risk tolerance, current and future financials, and overall account holdings. Not all target date funds are created equal, as two similar funds may have different glide paths. Also, be aware that even though a target date fund discloses its investments and how the investment mix will shift over time, the fund manager can make changes, even if those changes create more risk, regardless of the fluctuating price levels. Investors should consider their ability to continue purchases through periods of varying price levels or changing economic conditions as opposed to low price levels. Such a plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining markets.

2Morningstar Associates, LLC ("Morningstar") is a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. The mutual funds and exchange-traded funds selected by Morningstar for the BancWest Top Picksâ„  Lists have been derived from a universe of funds made available through the Pershing platform offered by BancWest Investment Services, Inc. The Top Picks Lists represent what Morningstar Associates believes to be the best available funds in each category from the universe of no-load, no-transaction fee mutual funds open to new investors available on the Pershing platform with a minimum investment of less than $10,000. The universe does not include all funds available in the marketplace. Both the universe of funds included on the Pershing platform and the Top Picks Lists are subject to change without notice. Particular funds on the Top Picks Lists may not be appropriate for all investors, and there may be other funds or investment options that are more suitable. Morningstar may have more favorable opinions of certain funds which are not included in the universe of funds made available through the Pershing platform. Morningstar's selections are based on qualitative factors and quantitative analysis in addition to the judgment of Morningstar analysts. Morningstar is not acting in the capacity of advisor to individual investors. The Morningstar name and logo are registered marks of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar is not affiliated with BancWest Investment Services, Inc.

3This list of mutual funds may not be all-inclusive and is subject to change, as funds and fund families may be added or removed at the discretion of BancWest Investment Services. This list is an illustrative sample of the fund families that are available on the BancWest Online Investing platform and is not a solicitation or an endorsement to buy or sell any specific fund family or mutual fund.

4The consultation with a BancWest Investment Services financial professional is complimentary. Please note: The implementation of any recommendations provided during the consultation may result in trade commissions or other fees, charges or expenses. Any recommendations and guidance provided are limited to assets held at BancWest Investment Services.

5This offer is valid for new or existing BancWest Investment Services, Inc. ("BWIS") customers, and is limited to one "Eligible Account" (as defined below) per customer. The maximum cash bonus allowable for an Eligible Account is $2,500 within a six-month period. "Qualifying Assets," for purposes of this offer, shall mean assets (i.e., cash, securities, fixed and variable annuities, and real estate investments trusts) deposited or transferred into the Eligible Account from outside BWIS or any BWIS affiliate within 60 days of enrollment, minus assets withdrawn or transferred out of Eligible Accounts within such 60-day period. Life insurance holdings and other assets not listed above are not "Qualifying Assets" and are not eligible for this offer. Qualifying Assets will be valued at the time BWIS receives such assets. An "Eligible Account" is a BWIS account that holds Qualifying Assets, and that has been enrolled to receive this offer prior to depositing or transferring any Qualifying Assets. Eligible Accounts do not include any account the inclusion of which is prohibited by law or may result in a breach of any fiduciary duty, law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"). Customers with Qualifying Assets of $50,000-$74,999.99 may receive a bonus in the amount of $200; customers with Qualifying Assets of $75,000-$249,999.99 may receive $300; customers with Qualifying Assets of $250,000-$499,999.99 may receive $700; customers with Qualifying Assets of $500,000-$999,999.99 may receive $1,250; customers with Qualifying Assets of $1,000,000 or more, may receive $2,500. If all requirements for this offer are met, Qualifying Assets will be calculated as of the 60th day after enrollment and the cash bonus will be credited to the Eligible Account within six weeks. The minimum Qualifying Assets for the applicable bonus amount must be maintained in the Eligible Account for one year from the date on which BWIS receives such assets or BWIS may charge the account the amount of the bonus. Any applicable taxes associated with the cash bonus are the responsibility of the BWIS account holder. To the extent required by law, BWIS will report the total value of this bonus to the IRS on Form 1099-INT for the applicable tax year in which the bonus was paid. Customers should consult a tax professional to determine the appropriate tax treatment for this bonus offer. Employees or associated persons of FINRA, any FINRA member firm (other than BWIS), or a U.S. exchange are not eligible for this offer. Employees, associated persons, and customers of First Hawaiian Bank and First Hawaiian Investment Services are not eligible for this offer. Offer is non-transferrable and only valid in the United States. BWIS reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

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** Fifteen (15) $0 commission order executions for equities and Exchange-Traded Funds ("ETFs") per calendar month, per account ($6.95 order executions thereafter), for self-directed orders placed via the BancWest Investment Services online platform, subject to certain terms and conditions and additional fees (please refer to for further details about self-directed investing available through BancWest Investment Services). If an order placed via the online platform is executed over multiple days, each day's executions for that order will be counted separately and applied against the remaining available $0 commission order executions available that month.

Online Preferred Pricing is only available to individuals with an active Premier Checking account. Individual Online Preferred Pricing eligibility is determined on a daily basis by BancWest Investment Services. Online Preferred Pricing does not apply to business/corporate accounts, investment club accounts, partnership accounts, limited liability accounts or certain fiduciary or custodial accounts. Please contact BancWest Investment Services for additional information.

Premier Checking recognizes your preferred customer status and rewards you with premium interest rates, waived fees and other benefits. Learn more or apply now. A Bank of the West Premier Checking account requires a minimum opening deposit of $500. The $30 monthly service charge will be waived for your first two (2) statement cycles and may be waived thereafter when you maintain at least $50,000 combined average monthly balance per statement cycle in this Bank of the West Premier Checking account plus other eligible personal Bank checking, money market, savings, CDs, and IRAs, and prior end-of-month account balances in eligible BancWest Investment Services investment accounts. Some accounts and services and the fees that apply to them vary from state to state. Standard deposit account fees apply. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change without notice.