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Connolly charts well as a pundit

Chartwell Investment Management&#39s Patrick Connolly has taken the top spot as most quoted pundit in the financial services sector for the first time, according to the Presswatch survey of media coverage.

Connolly was just ahead in the January survey of London & Country&#39s David Hollingworth and Bestinvest&#39s Jason Hollands, with Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Mark Dampier in fourth place.

In the IFA company table, Chartwell came third behind Chase de Vere in first and Hargreaves Lansdown in second.

HBOS topped the provider table for January, with positive coverage of Halifax&#39s savings products, core services and credit cards, as well as coverage of the Bank of Scotland brand. These countered the negative coverage of Halifax&#39s dual mortgage rate policy to push HBOS from third place in December to top last month.

But Nationwide, which was in the number one spot for most of last year, slipped to sixth place as it lacked positive press comment to counter its own position on dual pricing.

Northern Rock shot to the top of the mortgage table from 20th position last month after positive coverage of its equity-release products and its new fixed-rate mortgage product.

Standard Life kept top spot in the pensions market but Legal & General&#39s tie up with Barclays and Alliance & Leicester generated strong sales, pushing it from 17th position last month to second, edging out Norwich Union to third.

Presswatch sales and marketing director Tim Crane says: “With the Isa season under way, Patrick Connolly has quickly asserted his respected judgement on the growing range of funds and trusts available to the investor.

“There is stiff competition from the top IFA of 2001, Mark Dampier, and the 2000 champ, Jason Hollands, as well as from David Hollingworth.”


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