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The latest scoop about financial services insurance, and posts from the L&A team.
◼ Solutions for Bank Lending Departments
November 12, 2020 | J.B. Lloyd and Associates (L&A), a division of U.S. Risk, has been in the business of helping community banks with insurance related protection since 1988 and offers a complete range of coverage solutions for banks’ lending departments. These coverage options include the following.
Lender Placed Hazard and Flood
Insurance purchased by lenders to protect their collateral interests in real property when they become aware of insurance lapses on an active mortgage loan or after a borrower's real property is acquired through foreclosure. This coverage includes wind and hail coverage in all coastal areas. L&A also offers both fully outsourced loan portfolio insurance tracking, as well as self-reporting on our proprietary web-based portal.
Mortgage Impairment and Mortgage Errors and Omission
L&A underwrites this coverage for Lloyd’s of London. Mortgage E&O policies protect you as a lender if you fail to require, procure or maintain your customary coverage on real property collateral and a loss occurs to the mortgaged property. Mortgage impairment protects your lenders interest when you are unaware of a lapse of insurance coverage and a loss occurs to the mortgaged property.
With over 100 years of collective experience in bank insurance, the professionals at L&A specialize in risk solutions for financial institutions. This experience and specialization can help banks assess individual needs, as well as choosing the best, most cost-effective solutions, saving time and money. L&A has access to major carriers that are “A” (Excellent) rated and above by AM Best.
Good planning for asset protection is necessary to avoid costly losses. L&A can help. For more information on these coverages, please contact us.
◼ What is Force Placed Insurance and What Does it Cover?
November 1, 2020 | Watch our video on LinkedIn.
◼ Considerations for Banks and Financial Institutions in a Time of Pandemic
April 27, 2020 | Banking and financial institutions have faced unique risks since their very beginnings. Those risks are compounded by the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic. As economies the world over have ground to a halt, individuals, companies, and communities face significant financial hardships. These hardships have an outsized impact on banking, capital markets, and financial services firms. Although financial institution insurance is designed to protect against many risks, financial managers can help manage risk exposures better by gaining an understanding of the unique challenges uncovered by the COVID-19 crisis.
Financial Concerns Related to COVID-19: The Survey
The novel coronavirus pandemic required drastic emergency measures to contain the potentially deadly disease COVID-19. Official stay-at-home and self-quarantine orders forced businesses of all sizes and types to close their doors or to transition to a remote working environment to maintain operations. Within months, millions of people were out of work, and many are unable to pay their bills. These strains compelled PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to gauge the impacts financial professionals were experiencing. With the COVID-19 CFO Pulse Survey, PwC found that concerns related to the pandemic included:
- Financial impacts, including liquidity, capital resources, and operations (71% of survey respondents).
- Global recession (64% of respondents).
- Workforce effects/loss of productivity (41% of respondents).
- Decreasing consumer confidence/declines in consumer spending (40% of respondents).
- Interruptions to critical supply chains across industries (23% of respondents).
These concerns have already made an impact on businesses around the world. There remain many unknowns as lockdowns and stay-at-home orders continue to affect communities. In the coronavirus pandemic, financial institutions may witness increases in expected risks as well as emerging risk exposures.
Managing Financial Institution Concerns During the COVID-19 Crisis
As with any far-reaching crisis such as that presented by COVID-19, clear and honest communication is the key to overcoming challenges. For banking operations and financial institutions, communication with stakeholders, clients, and regulatory agencies allows for the sharing of information. Financial firms should let their clients know how they are addressing concerns, particularly as they apply to risks.
One aspect where communication helps to produce positive outcomes is that of cybersecurity. As more people work from home or are under self-quarantine orders, financial companies are experiencing a sharp uptick in remote access of banking tools. Unfortunately, this has attracted the attention of cyber criminals seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in online banking systems. Communicating cybersecurity best practices with clients as well as adopting robust remote access policies can help to avoid the expenses and reputational damage associated with an unlawful data breach.
Many financial firms have had to move to remote working situations, placing unexpected impacts on employees and customers. From an employee perspective, working from home has created new challenges as workers try to achieve work/life balance. Some employees may still need to work on-site; concerns about the virus have led to increases in stress and anxiety among essential employees, including those in the banking field. Creating flexible working arrangements and preparing risk mitigation plans to protect those employees is crucial.
In areas where the coronavirus has had dramatic impacts in the number of infected individuals, financial institutions may experience sharp declines in credit quality. Changing market conditions, such as significant declines in manufacturing, transportation, and consumer spending, have overwhelmed models like Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL), which banks use to forecast market trends. Drops in interest rates may also negatively influence credit availability, pricing, and funding. It is critical that financial institutions prepare for the required disclosures to regulatory agencies like the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), especially in reporting how COVID-19 has affected business operations and financing.
As the economy continues to decline, financial institutions will see an uptick in the volume of foreclosures, repossessions, uninsured real estate, and uninsured collateral on loans in portfolios they manage. J.B. Lloyd & Associates (L&A) is uniquely situated to assist banks that need to purchase lender-placed coverages quickly. A range of other insurance options can help to protect financial firms, including professional lines like Directors and Officers (D&O) liability, financial institution bonds, and internet liability/cyber liability coverage.
Financial industry analysts suggest that as the coronavirus infection rate drops and businesses can reopen, economic recovery will not happen overnight. Banking operations must prepare for a long-term decline in profitability. Here, the role of business continuity plans, including insurance protections, cannot be overstated. With a bit of foresight and the development of comprehensive risk management plans, financial institutions are better able to weather the challenges of COVID-19. Eventually, these plans will help to stabilize business operations as the economy begins its recovery process.
Ryan, Tim et al. “PwC’s COVID-19 CFO Pulse Survey.” PwC.com, PricewaterhouseCoopers, May 11, 2020, https://www.pwc.com/us/covid-19-survey.
Ryan, Dan et al. “COVID-19 and the Banking and Capital Markets Industry.” PwC.com, PricewaterhouseCoopers, April 22, 2020, https://www.pwc.com/us/en/library/covid-19/coronavirus-banking-and-capital-markets.html.