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Henderson top in press stakes

Henderson Investors has topped the chart media&#39s most praised financial

services company in the latest results from PressWatch.

The company scored 451 points from 93 mentions in the national press, 53

of which were positive.

PressWatch calculates scores on the amount of favourable and unfavourable

press coverage a company receives, according to its own ranking system.

The points scored for “good” coverage are then offset against the “bad”,

giving a total score.

Henderson rose to first place in February from third position in January,

beating Aberdeen Asset Management, which scored 430 points and Fidelity,

which scored 425 points.

PressWatch says most of Henderson&#39s positive coverage is being generated

by popularity among IFAs and strong performance by investment trust Witan.

Other February success stories include Gartmore, which rose to eighth from

13th, beating ninth-placed Egg by three points.

Egg received positive coverage for its “aggressively priced mortgages,

savings and credit cards” and for adding 500,000 customers in the first six

months. Norwich Union slipped to 10th spot from ninth in January.

Bottom of the pile for positive coverage was Abbey National subsidiary

First National Bank, largely as a result of losing a landmark case over

“unfair terms” for borrowers.


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