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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 →

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 →

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 →

DMEPOS Surety Bond Now Required for Dentists

As of the new year 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require dentists that provide durable medical equipment and which participate in a CMS billing program to file a DMEPOS surety bond with the Center. Currently the… Continue Reading →

Mississippi Lottery Bond

On August 31st, 2018, the governor approved Senate Bill 2001, referred to as the “Alyce G. Clarke Mississippi Lottery Law” to be effective September 1st, 2018. The new statute establishes the Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC). Proceeds from the lottery will… Continue Reading →

Pay-if-Paid Clauses’ Effect on Surety Bonds in Florida

Surety bonds in Florida are subject to claims even if the claimant has agreed to a valid pay-if-paid clause in its contract with the principal. Sureties should still require principals to include pay-if-paid clauses in their contracts, despite the protection… Continue Reading →

Surplus Lines Broker Bond, a Surety Bond for Insurance Professionals

A surplus lines broker bond is a specific surety bond required by many state departments of insurance. The license allows producers to offer surplus lines insurance. Surplus lines insurance refers to any instance in which the insurance is offered by an insurer that is not… Continue Reading →

Performance Bond Fees Reduced for SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program

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 →

Performance Bonds, Some Secrets to Qualifying for Surety Bonds

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 →

What is a Surety Bond? Learn more about surety bonds

Suretyship has been around a LOOOOOONG time. There are records of surety bond accords that stretch back the the Code of Hammurabi. The first “modern” definition for suretyship in the United States was given by George Robert Wentz in the… Continue Reading →

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