Foundation Requires Separate Insured Listing

My title refers to a charitable foundation set up by your bank to manage charitable gifts. If you have a separate entity (perhaps a non-profit) you will need to list the entity separately on your insurance policies, including your D&O. Even if your policy includes language that automatically picks up coverage for subsidiaries, you should … [Read more...]

Chubb Insurance Pulls Back From Insuring Banks

I have heard now from two sources that Chubb Insurance is pulling back from providing community banks with management liability, directors and officers, financial institution bond, and related insurance coverages. The reports are that the insurer is not canceling policies but pricing renewals so to be uncompetitive. Also, no new banks are being … [Read more...]

To Keep or Not to Keep, That is the Question! Insurance Policy Retention

A bank client wrote me recently and asked how long he should keep insurance invoices, claims info and policies.  Here is my advice: Hi Brad, I'd keep invoices and claims records as long as you keep other expense records.  Claims that involve litigation should be kept as long as your attorney tells you to keep the info. The standard … [Read more...]

Corporate Indemnification Protects Officers and Directors

Your directors and officers are absolutely, positively, undeniably, indubitably, unequivocally, irrefutably dependent upon the quality and breadth of the provision of your bylaws that deals with indemnification. When was the last time your corporate attorney reviewed that provision? If more than three years talk to your attorney soon. … [Read more...]

Common Bank Insurance Mistakes – Missing Entities

In about half the insurance reviews I do for banks, I find entities missing from the coverages. Some insurance policies require that entities be listed on the policy for coverage to apply. Some banks have real estate operations or mortgage operations that are separated legal entities. Many community banks manage charitable foundations. These all … [Read more...]

How Much Insurance Should Your Bank Buy

The tenth edition of my recommended minimum limits of insurance for banks is now available. Go Here To Download Your Copy. The most common questions bankers ask me is, "Do we have enough insurance?" Another version is, "How much insurance should our bank buy?" The question is largely unanswerable as we have no idea of the size of … [Read more...]

Fraud-Bond: Fraudulent Loan Collateral

There is no coverage in a financial institution fraud-bond for a fraud loss where the fraud is in the determination of the value of the collateral. You take a loan secured by inventory, and it turns out there is no inventory. No coverage. Example: ABC Bank and Trust loans money to an electrical parts supplier. They take inventory in a warehouse as … [Read more...]

Playing Well With Others – My Relationship With Insurance Agents

Bankers are sometimes concerned with how their insurance agent will feel about my involvement in an insurance review. - Will our agent be offended that we brought you in? - Will you damage our relationship with our insurance agent? Well over 80% of the community banks I work with have a close relationship with their insurance agent. I am … [Read more...]

Mortgage Impairment

Ask three questions when talking with your insurance agent about mortgage impairment insurance coverage: 1) Do we track customer renewals, cancellations, or neither? 2) Does this cover mortgage impairment by flood when flood insurance is required peril? 3) Does this cover mortgage impairment by flood when flood insurance is not a required … [Read more...]

Cyber Insurance For Bankers Webinar Video

Here is the replay of my recent webinar on cyber insurance for bankers. … [Read more...]