Fidelity came top of the PressWatch league in March with 58 compliments from the national press, p...
Fidelity came top of the PressWatch league in March with 58 compliments from the national press, praised for its managed funds, Isas, Euro funds, US funds and its supermarket, FundsNetwork.
ABN Amro's top performing fund manager, Nigel Thomas, also received numerous press comments in March, earning the group second place in the tables.
Martin Currie leapt from ranking 102 to 33 as IFAs commented positively on its funds.
Fidelity also appeared in second place for the Isas sub-sector in the March report due to its flexible approach in selling products. It has so far opened 41 Isa centres across the country and introduced drip-feed Isas to help contend with the falls in stock markets' equity Isas, attributed to recent stock market jitters.
Timothy Crane at PressWatch said: "Fidelity's position is all the more satisfying as the Isa season is a time when a company's press performance is critical to the image of the competitive range of Isas made available."
Smile also hit the headlines with consistent appearances in the top tables for Isas. The 6.75% interest on its cash Isa impressed advisers and savers in the competitive market, Crane said.
At the top of the investment trust companies, Foreign and Colonial retained its number one position as the most favoured provider. Top IFA pundits recommended Foreign and Colonial for its significantly lower annual management charges, Crane said.
Henderson Global Investors secured second place. However, falling technology stocks were highlighted along with the loss of 30% value of the group's technology fund.
In the March report, Artemis made a leap from 28th place to third place with good media coverage on its VCTs.
In the pensions tables, Norwich Union claimed top spot mostly for its involvement in the Government's new stakeholder pension schemes.
Prudential moved from fifth to second place due largely to a well received launch involving its annuities product, which gives the investor flexibility.
Equitable Life sank to the bottom of the table after its policyholders had to forgo seven months investment growth in order to obtain 3.3% value on policies.
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