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Hargreaves weathered a tough 2019 when Neil Woodford's flagship fund, which it had long championed, collapsed. On that issue it said: "It was essential that we learnt from the experience surrounding the Woodford issue last year". "Post the (UK) general election result in December 2019 and into the COVID-19 period, dealing volumes increased to record levels on our platform at a time when the average AUA (assets under administration) was impacted by significant market falls," Hargreaves said.