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This is your life pundit

Chartwell Investment Management associate director Patrick Connolly has topped the charts as the most quoted financial services pundit for July in Press Watch&#39s monthly national media analysis.

Connolly was called upon to comment on the crisis in the life industry as well as the Sandler and Pickering reports and a variety of savings and investment issues.

In second place was London & Country Mortgages mortgage specialist David Hollingworth offering property advice.

Hargreaves Lansdown again took first place in the company stakes with most pundit mentions. Its three main spokesmen Mark Dampier, Danny Cox and Ben Yearsley were among the top 10 individual pundits. Another three of its pundits – Tom McPhail, Alan Durrant and Meera Patel – helped keep the firm in the media.

Nationwide retained its place at the top of the main table for the company receiving the most press coverage, with HBOS taking second place from Standard Life which slipped to seventh.

Press Watch managing director Richard Moses says: “The perceived crisis in the life insurance sector, resulting from endowment shortfalls, increased exit penalties and voiced doubts over the solvency of several life insurance companies made July a busy month for top pundit Patrick Connolly, as broadsheets and red-tops alike sought his advice.”

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