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Dampier number one in pundit chart

Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Mark Dampier takes the title of most quoted pundit for the first time since January in PressWatch Financial Products&#39 analysis of national media coverage for October.

Dampier knocks Torquil Clark&#39s Tom McPhail off the top spot into second place, with Chartwell Investment Management&#39s Patrick Connolly in third.

The IFA firms getting most mentions during October were Chartwell, followed by Hargreaves Lansdown and then Torquil Clark.

Dampier&#39s coverage comes from his comments on the performance of fund managers, his opinion on life insurance policies being cut in value, income funds, the falling stockmarket, the value of property as an investment, gilts and Railtrack.

Turning to the main table PWFP says Nationwide continues to ride high at the top of the main table of coverage achieved by companies last month for it being “synonymous with quality and fairness” and “considered an authority on the economy, especially where house price speculation is concerned”.

In second place is Northern Rock for its range of savings products and third is Abbey National which “won wide coverage of its mortgage products”.

At the other end of the main table again is Equitable Life and AIB Govett is second from bottom for scoring “a public-ity own-goal” by sacking a senior fund manager for expressing concerns over splitcapital performance in a letter to a newspaper.

PressWatch sales director Tim Crane says: “Last year, Mark Dampier and Jason Hollands dominated the financial services pundit area and it is a measure of how competitive that arena has become when considering that Dampier, a leading authority across all financial products, last topped the charts in January. How-ever, he remains a leading contender to win the PressWatch title of most quoted pundit in 2001 when the annual results are announced in January.”

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