Contract surety bond underwriting is an art however the artist must also be an analyst. Analyzing the financial condition of a bond principal does not admit creativity. In fact, being “creative” with the numbers is a strict no-no. Coupled with… Continue Reading →
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 →
On September 4th, 2018, the Small Business Administration announced its decision to decrease the fees associated with the SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program (SBG). The fee amendment is the first adjustment in over twelve years. The SBA hope that the… Continue Reading →
A frustrating part of being a contract surety bond underwriter is finding oneself obligated to decline a performance bond to a contractor that appears to possess the prerequisite experience, expertise, character and financial strength to accomplish his or her project. The review… Continue Reading →
Of all of the financial components that a contract surety bond underwriter considers when reviewing a performance bond request, working capital is the the first. Healthy working capital is indicative of a contractor’s ability to service his or her short… Continue Reading →
Bottom line, tax returns are NEVER acceptable financial reports when applying for contract surety bonding. Except for very small bond requests a contract surety underwriter will require one more years of proper financial statements prepared by a certified public accountant… Continue Reading →
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