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July 2020 Newsletter: LLQP Corner

Posted by Bob Watt on

I am back this month talking about LLQP. As with all things in life right now, the LLQP process is greatly impacted by Covid-19.  About mid-March, all provincial jurisdictions in Canada stopped offering the opportunity to write provincial exams.  Not knowing how long this would last, we allowed people to register in the program and proceed to certification.  One thing that I have learned over the 38 years that I have been in the insurance industry either as a practitioner, manager or educator is that this is a fast-start business.  The quicker you get at things, the greater your chance...

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July 2020 Newsletter: Child Care Expense Deductions – How Much Do They Help?

Posted by Jason Watt on

The Income Tax Act permits the deduction of child care expenses under certain circumstances. A quick summary of those rules: Only the lower earner in the household can deduct the expenses. For a separated couple, the same rule applies receiving child support can deduct the expenses. There are some exceptions, where the higher earner can claim the expenses: If the lower earner has a disability that renders that person incapable of providing child care If the lower earner is attending post-secondary education If the lower earner is incarcerated The amount that can be deducted depends on the age and situation...

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June 2020: When to Engage the Expert?

Posted by Jason Watt on

In late April, we hosted our 12th annual Group Insurance Symposium. We normally run this session live in Edmonton each April and again live in Calgary each October. This is a two-day event designed for those who make their home in the group benefits space to obtain their CE credits and share knowledge concerning group insurance and group benefits. I am always impressed with the depth of knowledge of both the presenters and the attendees. We always try to get a diverse range of speakers, including group insurance product specialists, health care providers, and experts in related fields, such as...

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June 2020 Newsletter Article: June brings Father’s Day and with it memories

Posted by Bob Watt on

This post is quite personal to us and talks about a vulnerable chapter in our story that has been unfolding since 1996. It is about one father dealing with difficult times, moving forward, and choosing to come out on the other side of the journey stronger and having achieved something, rather than accepting to be enslaved by life’s circumstances. In 1996 we were enduring much uncertainty coming at us from all directions. The crisis reached its climax when we had to deal with Bob having a potential malignant brain tumor. Through a whirl-wind series of events we ended up in...

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May 2020 Newsletter: Study Tips to Keep You Engaged

Posted by Kelsey McGuinty on

Struggling to get through your studies? Here are a few tips to get you started: Schedule some time to work on your course daily or weekly and stick to it! Log into the course daily and look at the online resources. Even if you don’t do any work, this habit will help keep you motivated. Find a Study Buddy! Having someone else to work through the course with you will help you stick to your study plan. Make an appointment with me, your Student Advisor. Together we can find a plan that will work for you and we can set...

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