Henderson Investors has topped the chart media's 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's 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.