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Cazalet leaps up pundits&#39 league

Financial analyst Ned Cazalet has moved in to the top three of PressWatch&#39s pundit table for the first time as a result of his commentary on Equitable Life, endowments and pension funds.

PressWatch Financial Products&#39 analysis of national media coverage during May reveals Cazalet takes second place behind Patrick Connolly of IFA Chartwell Investment Management and just ahead of regular favourite Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Mark Dampier.

PressWatch says Cazalet featured prominently in coverage on policyholders facing shortfalls and ever-dwindling pension funds.

Top pundit Connolly was quoted voicing his concern about fund management companies trading on star managers&#39 names and Dam-pier spoke extensively on the issue of managers moving between rival firms.

The three IFA firms mentioned most in last month&#39s national press are Hargreaves Lansdown, Chartwell and Bates Investment Services.

On the main table of company coverage, Nationwide Building Society reclaims first place, up from sixth in April, because of coverage its mortgage and savings products.

The mutual&#39s mini cash Isa was praised for being a no-risk investment.

In second place is HBOS, followed by Abbey National and Standard Life. Still languishing at the bottom of the table is Equitable Life with PWFP saying it sums up “PR Hell.”

PWFP sales director Tim Crane says: “Ned Cazalet enjoyed his best-ever showing in the PressWatch charts and the gloom hanging over the life insurance and pensions industry looks set to keep him very busy indeed.

“No self-respecting publication should consider offering life insurance advice without consulting the wealth of knowledge that Cazalet has on the subject.”

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