Do Financial Institutions Need Insurance?
Financial institutions such as brokerage houses and banks hold the trust of the individuals that store money with the company’s employees. But what happens when an employee commits an unthinkable act and embezzles money, trades fraudulently with inside knowledge, or uses money that is not his or her own? Dishonest acts can be devastating to a company’s reputation.
The insurance firm FGIB states that while businesses cannot prevent employee dishonesty, the company can act to protect themselves from losses incurred by those acts with the help of a blanket bond. A fidelity bond, also known as bankers blanket bond insurance policy, is a program of coverage that the SEC requires financial institutions to carry. The insurance is first-party coverage that protects company securities, monies, and properties from the dishonesty of employees. Protections can include:
- Alteration of money order, checks, etc.
- Damage to cash machines
- Cyber fraud
- Ransom demands
Sense of Security
A major benefit of the BBB is that if the position of the new hire is insured, the policy will automatically cover new employees during the critical first few weeks of the training period. This coverage can provide companies with a sense of security and provide the public with the knowledge the money they invest or store with the company will be protected.