Your employees handle sensitive financial information every day, which is why fidelity bonds are so important in this industry. If an employee steals from a client, a fidelity bond will reimburse them for the amount that was stolen.
This policy provides coverage related to:
This coverage is also called commercial crime insurance or employee dishonesty coverage.
Finance and accounting professional most often need a bond to:
Sign a client contract. Financial advisors, accountants, and others in this industry often need a fidelity bond to satisfy the requirements of a client contract. The contract will usually specific the amount of coverage required.
Comply with state laws. State laws may require tax preparers and bookkeepers to carry a surety bond, which is similar to a fidelity bond. The bond protects your clients against violations committed by your business.
There are two kinds of fidelity bonds: first-party bonds protect your business, and third-party bonds protect your clients.
First-party fidelity bonds protect your business property and assets from dishonest employees. They provide reimbursement if an employee:
Third-party fidelity bonds protect your clients from dishonest employees. They can reimburse your client if an employee:
You might also see this type of bond called a business service bond.
A fidelity bond protects against dishonest employees, but finance and accounting businesses face many other risks. Financial professionals should also consider:
Professional liability insurance: This policy covers legal costs related to your work performance, such as a client who sues because your advice caused a financial loss. It's sometimes referred to as errors and omissions insurance (E&O).
General liability insurance: This policy covers common risks in the finance industry, such as customer slip-and-fall injuries and damage to client property.
Business owner's policy (BOP): A BOP combines general liability coverage with commercial property insurance at a discount to protect against common lawsuits and property damage.
Workers’ compensation insurance: Workers’ comp covers medical expenses and disability benefits for work-related injuries. It's required in almost every state for businesses with employees.
Cyber liability insurance: This policy helps finance businesses recover from data breaches and cyberattacks. It's strongly recommended for any business that handles personal information.
Commercial auto insurance: This policy is required in most states for vehicles owned by a business. It covers costs if your work vehicle is involved in an accident.
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