How Much Insurance Should Your Bank Buy

The eleventh edition of my recommended minimum limits of insurance for banks is available now for download. Several changes in approach this time. New limits for bankers to consider as well as a different approach to publicly traded banks. Go to www.HowMuchBankInsurance.com for your copy. Directors and Officers Insurance Lender Liability … [Read more...]

Debit Card / ATM Cashout Losses and Attacks

Here are some new questions being asked by insurance company underwriters when I ask for higher debit card limits.  Not bad questions for every bank to ask themselves. These questions are mainly driven by recent FBI guidance regarding ATM Cashout schemes. For more info about ATM Cashouts: … [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...]

Fracas Over Insurance on $2.4m Bank Breach – My Take

In the last several weeks I heard from many of you about a Virginia bank breach and the response from their insurer, ABA/Everest. The concerns are real. Let's see if we can add some light to the heat. Here is the original post. I have done some research. I have looked at policy forms by ABA/Everest and other insurers. I have talked with a few … [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...]

Cyber Insurance For Bankers Webinar Video

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

Social Engineering Fraud Insurance

I have said it often - the bad guys are good at being bad. Time to check your bank's fraud-bond for an important new coverage, Social Engineering Fraud Insurance. Social engineering fraud is a game of deception - the bad guys convince a bank employee to transfer bank funds pretending to be a bank officer, a board member, an employee, or a … [Read more...]

Bank Fraud-Bond Misunderstandings… Servicing Contractors

In about half the small bank insurance programs I review I find that the fraud-bond has had coverage broadened to cover "Servicing Contractors." Most banks don’t need this coverage because they don’t use "Servicing Contractors" as defined in the bond. This from the ABA's coverage description: The Servicing Contractors Rider extends the … [Read more...]

CEOs Signing Insurance Applications

A bank client is in the final stages of changing insurance companies. The insurer wants a signed application. The CEO looks over the app. He is busy and trusts his CFO. He signs the document and moves on. Six months later a claim comes up. The insurer turns the claim down because there is a pertinent question on the application that was answered … [Read more...]