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Hollands retains top spot in pundits chart

BestInvest deputy managing director Jason Hollands has consolidated his position as top of the pundits in March according to PressWatch Financial Products&#39 monthly analysis of the national press.

Hollands maintained top spot with 60 mentions, some way ahead of second placed Hargreaves Lansdown head of research Mark Dampier with 37. They are followed by London & Country Mortgages broker David Hollingworth and Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger with 35 and 34 mentions respectively.

However, the tables are turned when it comes to most quoted company. Hargreaves Lansdown is top with Dampier&#39s colleagues Danny Cox and Ben Yearsley pushing the Bristol-based firm up the leader board. BestInvest is second followed by Torquil Clark, Chartwell Investment Management and Bates Investment Services.

Fidelity, on the strength of its special situations fund and star fund manager Anthony Bolton, was the most frequently mentioned company in the month, displacing Nationwide into second. Life companies take the next three places, with Legal & General third, Standard Life fourth and Norwich Union fifth.

M&G and Credit Suisse were the only fund management groups besides Fidelity to feature in the top ten at seventh and eighth respectively.

PressWatch marketing director Tim Crane says: “Fidelity has long been the best reported fund management house in the PressWatch report but their impressive range of Isas, which have long enjoyed a commendable track record, ensured Fidelity top place among all financial service providers in March.

“Jason Hollands has firmly established himself as the voice of the Isa season by easily outperforming his peers. However, the combined force of Mark Dampier, Danny Cox and Ben Yearsley was enough for Hargreaves Lansdown to oust BestInvest from top spot in the company league table.”

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