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Ted Koskie: Why you need a Power of Attorney

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Estates, Interviews, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin May 25, 2017 Click here to listen Today I am interviewing Saskatoon lawyer Ted Koskie about everything you need to know about Powers of Attorney in Saskatchewan. In addition to his law degree, Ted has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computational Science and previously worked as a systems analyst. He has been practicing law in the province since 1981. Thanks for joining me today, Ted. My pleasure, Sheryl. Q: Now, to start off: what is a power of attorney, exactly? A: A power...

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Burn your mortgage: An interview with author Sean Cooper

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Home ownership/renting, Interviews | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin March 2, 2017 If you think you can’t possibly afford to buy a home or that paying off your mortgage is a pipe dream, Burn Your Mortgage is the must-read book of the year. Today I’m pleased to be interviewing author Sean Cooper for savewithspp.com. By day, Sean is a mild-mannered senior pension analyst at a global consulting firm. By night he is a prolific personal finance journalist, who has been featured in major publications, including the Toronto Star, the Globe and...

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Why health insurance could cost employees a raise

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Employee Benefit News, Health, Interviews | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published August 29 2016, 8:15pm EDT For 2017, PwC’s Health Research Institute projects a 6.5% growth rate in medical cost trends, the same as in the current year. They also report signs that the decade’s slowing medical cost growth rate could tick back up as new healthcare access points increase utilization. Alex Tolbert is the founder of Bernard Health, a company that provides advice about health insurance to individuals and organizations. Tolbert recently...

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Lorna Hegarty: Educating teens about money

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Interviews, Money management, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin June 2, 2016 Click here to listen Today I’m interviewing Lorna Hegarty for savewithspp.com. Lorna has been the President of LCH Resources Ltd. for almost a decade. She has an international consulting practice in human resources, executive coaching and training as well as being a published author. She co-authored The Wealthy Teen with her daughter Carly when she was 15 (she is now 24), and the third edition was recently released. Q: Writing a book is a serious...

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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Retirement

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Interviews, Money management, Saskatchewan Pension Plan | 0 comments

May 5, 2016 By Sheryl Smolkin Click here to listen Today I’m interviewing accountant Dave Trahair for savewithspp.com. Dave operates his own personal finance training firm, and he is also the author of five personal finance books. He offers seminars based on his books to organizations, including CPA Canada and its provincial accounting affiliates. His most recent book is The Procrastinator’s Guide to Retirement: How YOU can retire in 10 years or less, and that’s what we’re going to...

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How Express Scripts is looking to hold down drug prices

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in EBN, Health, Interviews | 0 comments

March 14, 2016 By Sheryl Smolkin   Double digit drug price increases exceeding the rate of inflation have become the norm. According to the OneRx National Drug Index released earlier this year, in 2015 the cost of branded drugs was up by 14.77%; specialty drug prices jumped 9.21% and even generic drugs cost 2.93% more than the previous year. However, pharmacy benefit managers are negotiating with suppliers and developing other strategies to help employers deliver more affordable drug...

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