What is a surety bond?

While surety bonds may seem similar to other kinds of insurance at first glance, they are more specialized. A surety bond is a contract or written agreement that guarantees compliance, payment, or performance. 

Surety bonds are employed in a diverse range of settings and industries, including construction, commercial services, and the court system. 

Man with pen signing a surety bond form

How do surety bonds work?

Surety bonds guarantee fulfillment of a specific task or payment by bringing together three parties into a legally binding agreement. 

The three parties include:

  • The principal: the individual or business who purchases the bond to guarantee performance
  • The obligee: the entity that requires the bond, such as a government agency
  • The surety: the insurance company that backs the bond 

Once a surety bond is purchased, the surety (in your case, W3 Insurance) provides a line of credit ensuring payment if the principal fails to fulfill the task.

If a task that’s insured by a bond is not fulfilled, the obligee can make a claim to recover losses. If the claim is valid, the insurance company backing the bond will pay reparation up to the bond amount. Then, the principal will reimburse the backer for any claims paid.

Surety Bonds for Contractors

Surety bonds play an important role in the construction industry. Specific types of surety bonds for the construction industry include bid bonds, payment bonds, maintenance bonds, and supply bonds, among others. 

  • Bid bonds guarantee that the low bidder on a contract will enter into the contract and fulfill the job. 
  • Performance bonds guarantee construction. 
  • Payment bonds guarantee payment for labor, materials, or equipment. 
  • Maintenance bonds guarantee against defective workmanship or materials.
  • Supply bonds guarantee a supplier will furnish materials.

These types of surety bonds can give you and your clients peace of mind when embarking on projects. W3 Insurance can help you evaluate and mitigate risk and protect your business assets and reputation with a wide range of surety bonds.

Please see link to complete the W3 Contractors Questionnaire. You can submit the questionnaire and a current company financial statement, a personal financial on the owners to get started with assessing your bondability.

We are happy to discuss further or answer any other questions you may have. Contact Doug Moore 727-522-7777 Ext 204.

Why is financial crime risk management important?

Financial crimes are on the rise. Broadly speaking, financial crimes can include money laundering, fraud, bribery, market abuse, tax evasion, embezzlement, counterfeiting, identity theft, and electronic crime. Financial crimes can be executed by internal employees or external attackers.

As more and more industries conduct business online, cyberattacks and online fraud grow. Many businesses are more vulnerable to financial crime now than they were in the past. 

In order to protect your business assets from the growing risks associated with financial crime, adopting a robust financial crime risk management strategy may be necessary. In addition to monitoring your organization for financial anomalies, purchasing insurance or bonds can be a key part of your plan to successfully navigate this new landscape.

Protecting your business assets has never been more pressing. With the ever-changing landscape of online fraud in addition to more traditional risks of theft or nonpayment, many business owners are seeking increased protection for their assets through crime insurance and surety bonds.

While crime insurance and surety bonds can both protect your interests, insurance and bonds fulfill different roles in shielding your business from loss. 

Experts at W3 Insurance can help protect your business assets through both crime insurance and surety bonds. Learn more below to decide what’s right for you.

What is crime insurance?

Crime insurance is a straightforward insurance policy that covers your business for loss of money or securities from acts such as employee theft, certain types of fraud by third parties, and theft of property from the premises. 

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With years of experience helping businesses thrive, our experts at W3 Insurance are here to guide you to the right protections for your business.