Bank Owned Insurance Agency

It is often best-practice for a bank that owns an insurance agency to buy an insurance agent's errors and omissions insurance policy that is separate from the bank's professional liability insurance. Sure, your bank management liability can almost always be expanded to include coverage. However, I like to separate out the coverage to segregate … [Read more...]

Bond – Funds Transfer Coverage

What procedures are required by your financial institution bond for fund transfer callbacks? Some policies require you to perform a callback. Some require that you make an audio recording of the callback. Failure to meet the required standards could result in a claim being turned down. … [Read more...]

Client Question – The People You Hire…

From a Client: One question: When hiring applicants – what is the insurance view on hiring individuals that have had some credit issues in the past, i.e. delinquency, foreclosure, and charge-offs, if they are in a non-cash handling position?   My Reply: If your regulators are OK with them the insurers are OK. The only issue … [Read more...]

Charitable Foundations and Your Insurance Policies

Your organization may have set up a charitable foundation. That entity should be listed on all your insurance policies. By design, a foundation is not a subsidiary by the standard definition used by most insurance policies. While you may have common board members, your board is not the board of the foundation. Your bank does not "control" the … [Read more...]

Bankers Professional Liability Notary Exclusion

There are exclusions in all insurance policies. Some are there to prevent/dissuade stupidity. The “Notary Exclusion” is one such. Almost all bankers professional liability policies have an exclusion for notary services: "based upon, arising from, or in consequence of the notarization of any signature without the physical appearance at the … [Read more...]

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...]