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Mendelsohn top before ousting

Industry pundit of the month is Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger with 28 mentions, according to PressWatch&#39s analysis of the national press.

Another mortgage specialist, London & Country Mortgages mortgage adviser David Hollingworth, is second with 24 mentions.

They are followed by Hargreaves Lansdown head of research Mark Dampier and Chartwell Investment director Patrick Connolly.

The tables are turned when it comes to company coverage, with Hargreaves Lansdown in the lead with 43 mentions. Charcoal is second with 32 mentions and Chartwell third with 30.

Given Royal & Sun Alliance&#39s troubles and the closure of its life arm to new business, it is not surprising that now ousted group chief executive Bob Mendelsohn topped the list of company spokespeople with 16 mentions.

Nationwide Building Soc-iety chief economist Alex Bannister comes second with 14 mentions. Barclays group chief executive Matt Barrett is third with 11.

PressWatch sales director Tim Crane says: “The projections from both Halifax and Nationwide that the property boom is set to continue put &#39fixed-rate&#39 Ray Boulger in great demand. He handles his area of expertise with great aplomb and the press increasingly calls upon his expertise on the crucial area of mortgage rates.

“Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s princes of the press Mark Dampier, Danny Cox and Tom McPhail ensure top place for the IFA company. With unit trusts and pensions very much in the public consciousness, the &#39Three Degrees&#39 were in much demand.

“August was a torrid month for R&SA and beleaguered chief Bob Mendelsohn. The press turned up the flame and he was forced to comment on pension misselling, rights issues, angry shareholders and his own position. This took its toll on Mendelsohn and he resigned shortly thereafter. Being the most quoted spokesperson is no guarantee of success.”

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