Whether your preference is Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or now Daniel Craig, the James Bond character has been used in the longest running and most financially successful English language film franchise to date.

The Bond movies started in 1962 with Dr. No. For us ERISA people, our Bond originated in 1974 with the passage of ERISA which required that retirement plans be covered by a fidelity bond.

Here’s our 2009 version as the July 31 Form 5500 filing deadline for calendar year retirement plans rapidly approaches (unless extended).

And, if history is our guide, then there will be retirement plans for which the bonding amount is insufficient, or in some case have have no coverage at all.

So here’s a link to our publication, THE ERISA BONDING REQUIREMENT: What Plan Sponsors Need to Know to Be in Compliance Updated for the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Long title, but I hope the short the Q&A format helps.