Banking for Marijuana / Cannabis Related Businesses

I'm spending some time thinking about the insurance issues raised by banks working with customers in marijuana-related businesses. I have polled several insurers and have been talking with my clients about the issues. I have also been studying insurance policy exclusions and restrictions, looking for trouble. I have found some. If your bank … [Read more...]

Insurance Prices Rising

The July renewal season is effectively over and premiums are going up. So far, most of the increases seem to be in property insurance.  The cost of insuring buildings and contents are increasing between five and two-hundred percent. Yes, two-hundred percent! I am getting reports that the insurance on commercial properties in areas … [Read more...]

Personhood and Insurance

Many states currently have on the books or are considering laws that give legal "person" status to a fetus/unborn baby.  I make no judgment here on the ethics or morality of one position over another. I raise the issue of insurance... A pregnant employee is in a work-related car accident and the baby dies. Is the baby covered by workers … [Read more...]

Excluded Property – Mail

Your bank's fraud-bond and property insurance probably exclude coverage for property mailed or shipped. Consider separate coverage for property, securities, and other property of value you mail or ship. … [Read more...]

Fiduciary Liability Coverage Misunderstandings

In your bank's management liability insurance program is (should be) coverage for errors made in the administration of YOUR employee benefit plan as described in the federal law, ERISA.  This coverage section is almost always called "Fiduciary Liability." The word "fiduciary" refers to your liability under ERISA, as an employer. This is not … [Read more...]

Check-Kiting Scheme Costs Millions

Frankly, I thought check kiting was a thing of the past with current technology and holds put on funds. I guess not... TOPEKA, KAN. - The owners of the Plainville Livestock Commission in Rooks County are charged with carrying out a check-kiting scheme that cost banks millions of dollars, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said ...   (Full Article) … [Read more...]

Gifts, Trips and Gratuities

An insurance agent sent me an invitation today to an annual party-boat trip they sponsor for clients.  I'm sure it is a fine time and appreciated by many of their customers.  I declined, as I always do when offered gifts. "I appreciate your offer but must decline.  It is my client's expectation that I remain completely unbiased in my advice and … [Read more...]

Insurance Renewal Best Practice

Another name for your insurance renewal could be "The Annual Insurance Affliction." Start thinking about your renewal five months before it happens. Consider what you want the outcome to be. -Do you want quotes from other agents? -Do you want quotes from other insurers? -Do you want quotes in-hand thirty days before your current … [Read more...]

Surprise! Insurance Agents Recommend Buying Insurance

I have had four conversations today with insurance agents.  In all cases the agents wanted my clients to buy more insurance.  More, more, more, more. There is never enough insurance purchased. There is never a reason to lower limits. There is never a premium savings worth increasing deductibles. No risk is too small to recommend the purchase of … [Read more...]

Semantical Bank Insurance Silliness

For the 238,000th time, I have been asked why insurance is so unnecessarily complicated... I have no good response. In 40 years I never have. Probably will not 40 years from now. Regulators and some insurers call two different policies "Mortgage Errors and Ommissions." The first is coverage for a borrower who fails to buy insurance after you … [Read more...]