Ashley's blog

Ashley Shepherd is the founder and managing director at Over50choices. With over 30 years’ experience in financial services, he has held senior roles in building societies, banks and insurance companies.

Ashley Shepherd
Pensioners enjoy retirement ‘on the house’ as demand for lifetime mortgages hits an all time high Image
18th Jul 2018

Pensioners enjoy retirement ‘on the house’ as demand for lifetime mortgages hits an all time high

Itrsquo;s fair to say that this huge increase in the demand for equity release mortgages or lifetime mortgages as they are also known is nationwide, however there are certain pockets of the country, so called lsquo;equity release UK hotspotsrsquo;nbsp;

How long should a Cremation Funeral Service take? Image
17th Jul 2018

How long should a Cremation Funeral Service take?

Demand on crematoriums is high, however with cremation services now accounting for 77% of funerals and a decline in the number of religious church funeral services, how long should a cremation funeral take?

How to choose the Best Direct Cremation Funeral Plan Image
10th Jul 2018

How to choose the Best Direct Cremation Funeral Plan

Direct Cremation is a relatively new funeral option available throughout the UK that simply separates the cremation process from the service. Quite simply it is a dignified cremation without a funeral service, so no family or friends in attendance; appealing to those looking for either a cheap cremation alterative or more frequently people who donrsquo;t want the worry and fuss of a funeral service.

Your Guide to Cheaper Cremation Funeral Plans Image
06th Jul 2018

Your Guide to Cheaper Cremation Funeral Plans

With our changing attitude towards funeral tradition and soaring costs, an increasing number of people across the UK are now looking into cheaper low cost funerals, which is why there are now several prepaid funeral plans available which offer a cheap cremation alternative.

The man cave coffin Image
06th Jul 2018

The man cave coffin

I think all of us at some stage have asked ourselves the age old lsquo;desert island discsrsquo; question ndash; what things would we take with us if marooned on a desert island; what music, books or personal items you couldnrsquo;t bare to live without?

Lifting the lid on the funeral planning market Image
06th Jul 2018

Lifting the lid on the funeral planning market

Along with the summer, the 1st June marks the dawn of another important day; the day when both the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Treasury announced their reviews on both funeral costs and prepaid funeral plans in the UK.

Funeral World – latest News and Headlines Image
04th Jul 2018

Funeral World – latest News and Headlines

These days funeral planning services in general are regularly making headline news; so much so that with the busy lives we lead, it can be hard to keep abreast of all the latest reports and updates.

Another win in the fight against prostate cancer Image
06th Jun 2018

Another win in the fight against prostate cancer

It was with a happy heart that I read the latest BBC health news report about a new immunotherapy drug trial that appears to have had amazing results in one in 10 men with untreatable prostate cancer.

Which is the best funeral plan for me? Image
20th May 2018

Which is the best funeral plan for me?

Do you want an all singing all dancing funeral plan that covers everything, or are you happy just paying for the essential funeral costs and leaving the rest until the time comes?

Are Direct Cremations a Good Idea? Image
19th May 2018

Are Direct Cremations a Good Idea?

Direct Cremation is a relatively new type of funeral but one that is growing in popularity. Although it will probably not become the norm as the majority of the UK still hold firm with wanting a more traditional funeral service

Planning for a long life Image
16th May 2018

Planning for a long life

Who doesnrsquo;t love a good calculator ndash; one of those whizzy tools on the internet that with the simple addition of a few details, tells you everything from how NHS hospitals perform in your area to how much a funeral costs. So I was thrilled with the BBCs latest life expectancy calculator showing how long you are expected to live based on where you live in the world.

How much is my house worth? Image
22nd Apr 2018

How much is my house worth?

How much is my house worth? ndash; discussing it, researching it and finding out the answer is practically a national pastime for any homeowner.nbsp;And for good reason, too. Over the years, your home has almost certainly increased appreciably in value.nbsp;

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