Surety Bonds vs. Insurance

The distinction between insurance and surety bonds isn’t always clear, so we’ve created a visual showing the differences and similarities between the two.

Insurance-vs-Bonds_Venn-Diagram_01

The surety and insurance industries use the same concepts when placing business, but use different terms to describe each concept. Here are some of the most common surety terms translated for the insurance industry.

Surety Term Insurance Term
Principal Insured
Surety Insurer
Rider Endorsement
Execution Binder
Bond Certificate of Insurance
Penalty Coverage Amount

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