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Boulger bounds into top spot

Charcol&#39s Ray Boulger claimed top spot in PressWatch&#39s pundits table last month after speculation over a potential rate rise and the possibility of 50-year mortgages sparked lively interest in the national press.

Boulger, together with colleague Alison Cooley, helped push the mortgage broker into the top three, where it was joined by regulars Chartwell which took first place, with Hargreaves Lansdown third.

Chartwell&#39s Patrick Connolly was second in the pundit table followed by London & Country Mortgages&#39 David Hollingworth in third.

Nationwide Building Society retained first place in the main table of company coverage and increased its margin over rivals Standard Life and HBOS, which featured in second and third place respectively.

PressWatch put Nationwide&#39s increasing score down to its reputation as the consumers&#39 friend, receiving positive mentions, even when the story was about a rival.

At the other end of the table in last place is Equitable Life, where it was joi-ned by EuroLife, which rec-eived bad press for its bonds and guaranteed products.

PressWatch sales director Tim Crane says: “The frenetic debate about house prices in the national press has resulted in top mortgage expert Ray Boulger of Charcol topping the PressWatch pundit league table for the very first time. His prediction of a 50-year mortgage really captured the imagination of the press and consolidated Boulger&#39s standing as the go-to guy in all matters relating to mortgages.”

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