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Informed Choice Radio Personal Finance Podcast

Jun 22, 2016

What does The Walking Dead have to do with life insurance?

In this episode of Informed Choice Radio, Martin talks to Kathryn and Alan Knowles from the Special Risks Bureau.

Kathyrn and Alan specialise in high risk insurance; getting insurance cover at an affordable price for people with health conditions, who engage in hazardous pastimes or have risky jobs.

In this interview, we talk about how high risk insurance differs from ordinary insurance, what being a high insurance risk means in practice, and how Kathyrn and Alan have used characters from The Walking Dead to raise awareness of insurance needs.

Some questions I ask

-What is high risk insurance and how does it differ from low risk insurance? 

-Do people with medical conditions or those working in hazardous occupations sometimes assume that they would not be eligible for insurance, and therefore ignore financial protection entirely?

-What does being a high risk for insurance mean in practice? Higher premiums to pay? Less choice when it comes to products? Restrictions on the types of cover you can get?

-If someone is a high risk, can they still go directly to insurance companies to apply for cover? Is there a lot of choice in this specialist market?

-You recently launched a new campaign, ‘The Walking Dead meets the Special Risks Bureau’. What inspired this and what was it all about?

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Martin and Informed Choice

Martin Bamford is a Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and SOLLA Accredited Later Life Adviser. As Managing Director of Informed Choice, the award-winning firm of Chartered Financial Planners in Surrey, he is responsible for nearly £200m of client assets.

Martin is the author of several bestselling personal finance books and produced his first feature-length documentary in 2014, about the post-war Baby Boomer generation in retirement.

“Bamford excels at making even the dullest topics interesting” – Pensions Management

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