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...]

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...]

ABA Insurance Services – Property, Liability, Auto, Workers’ Compensation, Umbrella Insurance For Banks

A bank's agent just sent me a quote for Property, Liability, Auto, Workers' Compensation, Umbrella, REO Property... I am very impressed.  The price is very good compared to other standard lines insurers and the coverages are great. Nice work ABA. I'll be sending more banks your way on these lines of insurance. Info Here … [Read more...]

Damage to Employee Vehicles While Driving on Bank Business

What are the employees’ expectations for damage caused in accidents while driving their personal vehicles on bank business? Will you pay for damage to their vehicle, or should the employee rely upon his own insurance? Will you pay his deductible? Make your plan clear in your employee handbook to avoid misunderstandings. Send an annual reminder … [Read more...]

Learn to Read Your Bank’s Insurance Policies

The mere thought of reading an insurance policy can make your head hurt. Understanding your bank's insurance, however, requires that you review the contracts. Here are some hints to make it less painful. Understand the Purpose of the Policy – An auto policy is designed to cover vehicular accidents. General liability insurance is purchased to … [Read more...]

FDIC – Lessons From Hurricane Katrina – Catastrophe Planning

Hunting for something else I tripped over this from the FDIC on disaster planning for bankers. Lessons Learned From Hurricane Katrina: Preparing Your Institution for a Catastrophic Event … [Read more...]

Your Website Must Be ADA Compliant

  There are law firms trolling bank and credit union websites. If they find that the site does not meet Americans With Disability Act (ADA) standards for the visually impaired, they send you a letter demanding you fix your site and pay them not to sue you. I got three calls on this last week from clients. All claimed they had not … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, Use the F-Word

The word is Fiduciary. There is a great deal of talk lately about fiduciaries.  Financial advisors are being asked to perform to a higher standard, that of a fiduciary. Meaning they are to act in their client's best interests, not their own. That is a standard I have held since I first started as an insurance consultant in 2000.  When … [Read more...]