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DOL Prosecutes Plan without ERISA Bond ~ Chao v. Snyder & Snyder Farm Supply, Inc.

We’ve been reporting for years that there is a great deal of non-compliance with ERISA bond requirements. Our advice has always been that regardless of your plan size, number of participants or your opinion about exemptions for your plan, it… Continue Reading →

ERISA Fidelity Bond Inflation Guard ~ What it is and Why it Matters

Fling an ERISA bond is a fiduciary duty required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), with few exceptions. The bond must be issued by a surety company that appears on the U.S. Treasury’s circular of insurers acceptable… Continue Reading →

Cryptocurrency Surety Bond

Virtual currencies may suffer downturns and enjoy spectacular increases in value however there is no question that crypto is here to stay. Businesses that trade in these mediums will come under regulatory control and licenses will inevitably be required. Classified… Continue Reading →

Why Should an Insurance Agent Use a Surety Bond Broker

Most insurance agents are independent entrepreneurs, self-motivated and eager to achieve success in their chosen profession. That independent streak is the same characteristic that can create blind spots when planning for and delivering a broad menu of insurance products. A surety… Continue Reading →

Cyber Risk for Surety Bond Professionals

The financial services industry is a prime target for cybercriminals. Many insurance professionals and more specifically small insurance agencies are unprepared for a breach. Cyber risk for surety bond professionals is not an exception. Surety underwriters receive and regularly warehouse… Continue Reading →

Performance Bonds for Electrical Contractors

Surety bond underwriting contemplates two major classes of bond; commercial surety bonds and contract surety bonds. General contractors are by far the most frequent requestors of the latter which are generally purchased to guarantee the completion of construction projects. Underwriters… Continue Reading →

Contract Surety Bonds in the Times of Coronavirus

Grace Winkler Cranley and Michael J. Weber, counsel and partner with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, have penned a great piece on the “novel scenarios” that this new “novel virus” has presented surety companies, contractors and project owners. The eight hundred pound gorilla… Continue Reading →

Performance Bond Capacity and Healthy Work on Hand

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 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 →

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