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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
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?

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06th Jul 2018

The man cave coffin

I think all of us at some stage have asked ourselves the age old desert island discs question; what things would we take with us if marooned on a desert island; what music, books or personal items you couldn’t bare to live without?

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.

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16th May 2018

Planning for a long life

By simply entering your age, gender and the country you live in, the life expectancy calculator will work out in a flash how long on average you should expect to live and what percentage of your life will be healthy.

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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;

Expats in Spain living the good life Image
22nd Apr 2018

Expats in Spain living the good life

More than 120,000 (some 40%) of these British expatriates have chosen to retire there since they are aged 65 or over.nbsp;What kind of life are they living? A very good one by all accounts.nbsp;nbsp;The Expat Insider Report for 2017 offers some of the clues as to why that might be.

Equity Release myths debunked Image
22nd Apr 2018

Equity Release myths debunked

Equity release schemes have received their fair share of bad press in the past. Any comment to the effect that they might not be for everyone has been seized on as meaning that they are really for no one - these and other myths are just that ndash; simply not true.

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22nd Apr 2018

Why make a Will?

If you do not write a Will, you have no control over what happens to your estate ndash; all your possessions, property, and money ndash; after you die. Without a Will, you are said to have died ldquo;intestaterdquo;, and your surviving relatives and friends are likely to be left with anguishing decisions ndash; not to mention time and hassle ndash; about the distribution of your assets.

Rip off energy bills coming to an end? Image
16th Apr 2018

Rip off energy bills coming to an end?

It is always welcome news when a government carries through on one of its election pledges ndash; especially one that is likely to affect millions of ordinary people.

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10th Apr 2018

Long term care pensions

Once you pass the age of 60 your worries are likely to be less about the inevitability of death, but the extent, length and cost of long-term care as you enter old age.

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05th Apr 2018

Car insurance renewal due? Don't get caught out!

If you own or drive a car, your current motor insurance expires sometime this year. When the renewal letter drops through your letterbox, you are almost certain to be greeted with the unwelcome news that you are going to be paying more.

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24th Mar 2018

Health insurance and your holidays

Beware, however, that all the benefits of your medical insurance plan are unlikely to provide any comfort or security at all once you travel abroad on business or on holiday.nbsp;

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