What Are Blanket Bonds? How Do They Work?

Blanket Bonds

Financial businesses are among the many industries that use bonds as risk management tools, especially banks. Between investment bankers with fiduciary duties to clients and company shareholders alike to honesty bonds against employee bad faith, there is a variety to choose from, and finding the right fit for a bank or another lending institution can be a bit difficult. That’s where blanket bonds come in. If your bank or credit union looks like it might need several bonds to protect against customer loss due to bad faith actions by an employee, you can also opt for a blanket bond that is written with wide-reaching provisions to cover all your risk management bond needs, without the trouble of balancing several specific bonds that each handle a different kind of risk exposure.

Limitations To Blanket Bonds

While these bonds are very broad in their coverage, they are not all-purpose risk aversion tools. That means they don’t replace your regular insurance policies, they simply protect the customers and institution from theft, embezzlement, and other material losses related to employee misconduct. They also don’t provide identity theft protection on their own, which means you might need another kind of coverage to handle that risk if it isn’t already folded into one of your liability policies. What they can do, however, is simplify your bond management so your entire coverage portfolio is easier to handle.

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