Construction Companies and the Need for Surety Bonds
Sep22

Construction Companies and the Need for Surety Bonds

Construction Companies and the Need for Surety Bonds

Have you as a construction company ever run into problems completing a project because of financial setbacks? Subcontractors not filling their obligations or not completing their job correctly and you must replace them? Or the worker you hired up and quit or didn’t do their job correctly and now you must tear down or start over that part of the project? Vendors going out of business or not having the tools or parts needed? Or finding your company on the fringe of bankruptcy because of other unseen problems?

Surety bonds is a tool construction companies use to minimize their risks.

Advantages of Surety Bonds

Surety bonds assures construction companies they have something to aid them in completing a project so they can receive payment and move on to the next. With a completed project the company will not finding themselves in the courts or having liens against their company or personal assets. It also assures the customer, on privately funded projects your bid, reputation, financial stability and that the project will be completed in the time frame specified to them. However, surety bonds are mandatory for these projects. It also assures them the funds given to the contractor will be used for their project only. For publicly funded projects a bond is required. It assures the client prequalification’s were established through the surety bond, and that your company can and will complete the project as contracted, setting the company apart from companies who are not bonded. The surety bond producer also can aid the company with technical, financial and logistics if needed. At times, with a lower bid for the project it can lower the cost of the construction. The bond can cover the client in the case the construction company defaults its’ contract by completing the project, saving taxpayers money for public funded projects. It also helps the company when the next project comes along to be already listed as a good, reliable company to utilize. Surety bonds protects all involved in the project: the client, construction company and the surety.

Types of Bonds

There are three types of bonds: bid, performance and payment.

  1. The bid bond insures it is a fair and economical price for the project.
  2. The performance bond assures the client the project will be completed as specify in the contract.
  3. The payment bond assures all involved upon the completion of the project, that payment for their services will be met.

Surety Bonds Versus Insurance

Both are regulated by the state, but:

  • Surety bonds protects the client, bearing risk to the company and surety company. With insurance the client and construction company bears any risk.
  • Surety bonds covers only the project. Insurance covers a certain period and needs to be renewed.
  • Surety bonds are negotiable among all three parties involved, client, contractor, and bonder. Insurance policies differ with each company.
  • Surety bonds coverage is 100%. Insurance is limited to coverage amount minus the deductible.
  • Surety bonds are mandatory for public project, but not for client. Insurance is not mandatory leaving a risk to all involved in the project.
  • Surety bonds can hold the contractor responsible for settlement of any claims. Insurance frees the insured, but then could sue a third party for any settlement claim.
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What is a HYIP?

A HYIP is exactly what its name means, a High Yield Investment Program. In other words, it is a investment plans that promises big returns. Not all HYIPs are legitimate. There are plans called Ponzi schemes which are scams which offer the investor an impossibly high payout. But that is just one type of HYIP. And it is a negative example at that. While HYIPs are an easy option for scammers, it is also a very serious and carefully strategized option for investment administrators and traders. For most investments, these professionals are required to obtain licenses for practicing in their respective company. However, these professionals can operate investments without getting licenses or following country regulations by starting and investing in an offshore company. This is the most popular way to do the enormous investments of HYIPs.

Are They Worth It?

The good legitimate HYIPs are definitely seen as worth it because they are, of course, worth it with huge payouts but also because they are viewed as exceptionally dependable investments. There are also a number of different faces and forms of HYIPs.  But just because it is a legitimate HYIP, does not mean that it is good. The e-gold form was technically legitimate, but it wasn’t safe or good or reliable. Fortunately and as a result of these things, it ceased to exist.

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The fact that there are these very legitimate, good, and reliable sources in HYIPs and that there are such high returns, does not mean that everyone should invest in them. You should not do so if you can’t afford it. In essence, there are three primary things you should consider before you decide to invest in HYIPs: First, gauge your investor mindset. Are you a risk-taker at heart and willing to take responsibility for the repercussions of those risk whether good or bad? The risk can be so great that you can lose your entire investment in only a few hours. Second, make sure the HYIP you want to invest in isn’t a scam. If you are going to invest a lot of money, you need to be sure not to invest it lightheartedly with a person who is just going to cheat you out of it.

What to Do When Investing in HYIPs

If you decide you want to go into HYIPs, you are very well advised to get a trusted, experienced, and knowledgeable professional to counsel you through the procedure. Use a hyip monitor to check if a program is good / bad. These professional individuals will help you navigate the arena and avoid the scam artists with their false promise of high returns. There are multiple ways to locate such people. You can do some good research right online. During this online research, you will find reputable sites that even allow you to engage in HYIPs right then and there. (But make sure they are reputable.) Most HYIP don’t last very long, so to make it profitable you have to get in as early as possible and know when to get out.

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Spotting Trends

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Intra-Day Trend Trading

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Multiple Day Trading on Trends

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Benefits of Trend or Momentum Trading

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College Fund

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Stocks

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Collectibles

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Rare Metals

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Annuity

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