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Hollands flattens opposition

BestInvest&#39s Jason Hollands has regained the crown of top IFA pundit in the national media, according to PressWatch Financial Products.

Its analysis of coverage in national newspapers for February also shows Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Mark Dampier toppled from his familiar position in the top three of the most quoted pundits, falling to 10th equal.

Just below Hollands came Chase de Vere&#39s Anna Bowes, Chartwell&#39s Patrick Connolly, Chase de Vere&#39s Nikki Foster, Torquil Clark&#39s Philippa Gee, Charcol&#39s Ray Boulger and Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Ben Yearsley.

The IFA firm with the most coverage was Chase de Vere, followed by BestInvest and Hargreaves Lansdown.

Topping the main table of mentions for financial services companies was Nationwide Building Society, mainly due to its decision to fight back against its dual rates “scandal” with a compensation windfall package of £90m for borr- owers. PressWatch says “Nat-ionwide was applauded across the press with several newspapers commenting that the move reflected badly on rival lenders, in particular HBOS and HSBC.”

In second place was Northern Rock with Fidelity was third spot. Still languishing at in other end of the table was Equitable Life with reports that the compromise vote”had not saved it from the wrath of policyholders.”

On the investment trust table, Henderson Global Investors&#39 Witan Investment Trust won good publicity thanks to plaudits from IFAs, Northern Rock topped the Isa/Pep coverage and Friends Provident emerged as the top life company.

PressWatch general manager Richard Saunders says: “Jason Hollands&#39 expertise in all matters about Isas saw him return to the top of the pundit table in February, as financial journalists once again turned their attention to the Isa season.”

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