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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.

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Funeral Costs are on the increase once again Image
18th Sep 2017

Funeral Costs are on the increase once again

Another year has slipped by which heralds the publication of the SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2017 ndash; not a publication you would immediately subscribe to but interesting reading all the same

Funeral Guide to Prepaid Funeral Plans Image
13th Sep 2017

Funeral Guide to Prepaid Funeral Plans

These days you can find a wealth of information on funerals; be it a funeral guide that may prove helpful when making funeral arrangements either in advance or at time of need.nbsp;

Are you one of the 3 million people that have switched Energy Supplier this year? Image
11th Aug 2017

Are you one of the 3 million people that have switched Energy Supplier this year?

UK Energy the trade association for the energy industry has reported that over three million people have now switched energy supplier, that#39;s up 14% on last year.

Top 5 reasons for releasing equity from your home Image
09th Aug 2017

Top 5 reasons for releasing equity from your home

Have you ever wondered what you would spend the cash on if you took an equity release loan to release money from your home?nbsp;Did you know that if you are aged 55 and over you could release around half of your property#39;s value in a tax tree lump sum?

What will you do with your Pension Pot? Image
09th Aug 2017

What will you do with your Pension Pot?

Since the pension rules changed in April 2015 the way people access their pension pots unsurprisingly has changed, but what about your pension pot?

How to choose the best health quotes when looking for insurance Image
04th Aug 2017

How to choose the best health quotes when looking for insurance

Itrsquo;s not just all about the money when choosing the best health quotes. I agree cost is important but choosing a cheap healthcare insurance plan may be a bad move when you discover the condition you are claiming for isnrsquo;t covered

Is there an ASDA Funeral Plan? Image
01st Aug 2017

Is there an ASDA Funeral Plan?

In a word ndash; NO ndash; there is no such thing as Asda Funeral Plans; or for that matter there is also no such thing as Tesco Funeral Plans, Sainsburys Funeral Plans, Waitrose Funeral Plans or Morrisons Funeral Plans.nbsp;

Boom in equity release Image
19th Jul 2017

Boom in equity release

The research suggested that there has been a 30% surge in the number of the over 50s taking up the opportunities presented by equity releasenbsp;

Funeral Plans – A Perfect Storm? Image
11th Jul 2017

Funeral Plans – A Perfect Storm?

All is not calm in what would appear to be the somewhat muddied waters of the funeral plan market according to recent research carried out by Fairer Finance

Pet Cremation and Burial Image
19th Jun 2017

Pet Cremation and Burial

It has been a while since I last wrote about Pet Cremation and funerals and a lot has changed in that time. My ginger, well mainly grey companion who laid at my feet whilst I tapped away at the keys is no longer with us

Over 70 Life Insurance - is it for you? Image
19th Jun 2017

Over 70 Life Insurance - is it for you?

For many of us the need for life insurance is pretty consistent throughout our lives, itrsquo;s just the reason we require the insurance that changes. So its little wonder the market for over 50, 60 and over 70 life insurance is big business.

UK warned over Healthcare and NHS if Brexit ‘goes wrong’ Image
09th Jun 2017

UK warned over Healthcare and NHS if Brexit ‘goes wrong’

It looks as though a great deal more Brits may be looking to get private health insurance quotes if a deal canrsquo;t be done to protect the healthcare and support received by expat pensioners after Brexit

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