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Hollingworth top of pundits league

David Hollingworth of London & Country Mortgages beat off a strong

challenge from the Hargreaves Lansdown team to top November&#39s PressWatch

pundits table.

With 27 mentions, Hollingworth nudged ahead of Tom McPhail of Hargreaves

Lansdown in second place with 24 mentions while his colleague Mark Dampier

and Charcol&#39s Ray Boulger came in joint third with 21 mentions.

The Hargreaves Lansdown team achieved the most company mentions of 60.

London & Country Mortgages came second with 34 mentions. Charcol came

third, with Chartwell Investment Management and Chase de Vere in joint

fourth place.

In the life sector, Prudential topped the tables while Nationwide Building

Society came out way ahead of nearest rival HBoS with 174 mentions compared

with 97 mentions in the mortgage stakes. The society fared well in best-buy

tables and surveys and won praise for its tracker and flexible rate


Prudential also did well in the pension sector, topping the table with 40

points ahead of Standard Life with 39 points. GE Life staged a recovery

this month, climbing to fifth place from 27th thanks to positive coverage

of its impaired-life annuity products.

PressWatch sales and marketing director Tim Crane says: “David Hollingworth

carried off the IFA crown in November and is developing into the king of

the broadsheets. Readers of the FT, Times, Sunday Times, The Observer and

The Daily Telegraph all benefited from his wise mortgage advice and he will

be among the favourites to carry off the PressWatch IFA title in 2003.”


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