A Reclamation Bond Should be the Preferred Financial Assurance

An interesting article by Kayla Desroches (Report Raises Concerns Over Who Pays For Coal Mining Cleanup), raises concerns about the lack of reclamation bond coverage of mining operations in the State of Montana. Kayla reports, “. . . one of… Continue Reading →

Internal Controls Are a Fidelity Bond Must

A fidelity bond, also known as a commercial crime policy provides excellent protection to business and government entities that employ persons with money or other things of value under their control. Fidelity bond underwriting largely focuses on the implementation of… Continue Reading →

Fidelity Bond for Credit Unions (NCUA Rule Change)

Many financial institutions must comply with fidelity bond requirements. Both corporation credit unions and natural person credit unions are no exception. A new Rule recently adopted by The National Credit Union Association made some changes to the fidelity bond instruments that… Continue Reading →

La Fianza en la Construcción

Por medio de la fianza, contratistas pueden acceder al mercado de obras públicas y proyectos más grandes, así mejorando sus ofertas y rentabilidad. Un artículo por el  licenciado Israel O. Alicea, se trata del mismo “Todo sobre las fianzas en proyectos… Continue Reading →

Performance Bond Claim, the Bonding Company Steps In

Construction is an inherently risky business. Even the best general contractor can experience difficulties. For that reason surety bonds are required on large and public projects. A performance bond generally guarantees that a general contractor (the “principal”) will complete a… Continue Reading →

Fidelity Bond Could Have Covered $3mn Dishonesty Loss

A fidelity bond (commercial crime coverage) is generally an inexpensive insurance protection when unexpected losses occur due to employee theft. A recent case example was reported by Matthew LeBlanc of the Journal Gazette. “An Auburn man, his sister and her… Continue Reading →

An ERISA Fidelity Bond and Multi Employer Plans

Pursuant to Federal Code (ERISA) and the Rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor for implementation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, each and every employee benefit plan except for very few exceptions must purchase and… Continue Reading →

Hemp Producers Should Prepare for Surety Bonds

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, part of the larger Farm Bill effectively ended the prohibition on hemp cultivation, marketing and distribution. The Hemp Farming Act reverses a prohibition that has stood since the Marijuana Tax Act enacted in 1937,… Continue Reading →

Pawnbroker Surety Bond

Pawnbrokers are considered a form of financial institution and are regulated as one. A pawnbroker surety bond is currently required by approximately twenty states and many municipalities. Generally the surety bond amount is small and guarantees only that the pawn… Continue Reading →

Is a Fidelity Bond Really a Surety Bond?

The answer is simple, . . . no. A fidelity bond is not a surety bond. It is commercial crime insurance. The purpose of insurance is to transfer specific risks of an insured to an insurer in exchange for the… Continue Reading →

Financial Statements for Contract Surety Bonding

A financial statement is the most important data source for the surety bond underwriter. Although there are a myriad of factors that influence the contract surety bonding underwriter’s judgment of a contractor’s qualifications (financial and otherwise), the financial statement is… Continue Reading →

Georgia Hemp Processor Surety Bond & License 2019

Recent legislation and the delisting of hemp from the federal drug control schedules has prompted the legalization of hemp cultivation in Georgia, although the activity will be tightly restricted at inception. A Georgia hemp processor surety bond will be required…. Continue Reading →

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