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    1. February 28, 2014

      Britannia Building Society directors hit back at regulator

      Former directors of Britannia Building Society have written to MPs to challenge evidence given by the UK’s top banking...

    2. February 11, 2014

      Takeover by Co-op saved Britannia, says bank regulator

      Britannia Building Society would have failed if it had not been for the takeover of the lender by the Co-operative Bank in...

    1. January 20, 2014

      Regulators to probe Co-op’s finances in a fresh blow to bank

      The accounting watchdog has joined a long list of investigators examining the near collapse of the Co-operative Bank as it...

    2. January 15, 2014

      Peter Marks to retire as Thomas Cook non-executive director

      Peter Marks, formerly chief executive of the Co-operative Group, will retire from his role as non-executive director of...

    3. December 3, 2013

      Co-op advisers did not assess Britannia’s corporate loans

      Advisers used by Co-operative Group to handle its ill-fated 2009 acquisition of Britannia Building Society were prevented...

    4. November 8, 2013

      Cloggers to hedge funds – Co-op Bank’s fall from grace

      When thousands of retail investors and pensioners bought high-yielding building society bonds in the 1990s, viewing them as...

    5. October 21, 2013

      Hedge fund dissidents revive Co-op Bank’s ethical mojo

      “People are crying out for a new way of doing business with a financial organisation of substance that truly has their...

    6. July 26, 2013

      War of words over Co-op Bank intensifies

      Holders of Co-operative Bank bonds hit back at the Prudential Regulatory Authority on Friday, after the watchdog refused to...

    7. July 12, 2013

      Savings rates boost

      Halifax has increased the interest paid on fixed-rate savings accounts by 0.45 percentage points in a move that could...

    8. June 19, 2013

      Neville Richardson resigns from non-executive role at M&S Bank

      Neville Richardson, an architect of the fateful merger of the Co-operative Bank and Britannia building society that led to...

    9. FT Alphaville

      May 10, 2013

      A Co-op mess

      This is a speech Ed Miliband made on “stewardship” banking last year… at the Co-op. This is a speech by George Osborne...

    10. March 21, 2013

      Co-op results raise fears for Lloyds deal

      The worsening economic outlook has caused heavy losses at the Co-operative Group, raising fresh questions over its deal to...

    11. March 1, 2013

      Co-op risks indigestion in Project Verde

      You really fancy that fur coat, but you can’t afford it. When it’s marked down to 75 per cent off, with terms so easy that...

    12. February 1, 2013

      Fixed-rate mortgages drop below 2%

      The cost of fixing a mortgage has fallen significantly over the past two years, with two-year fixed rates now available from...

    13. April 27, 2012

      Two-year fixed-rates come at a cost

      Banks and building societies are offering a plethora of two-year fixed-rate mortgage deals to homeowners – in spite of the...

    14. March 9, 2012

      Time to review your mortgage?

      Homeowners are being advised to review their mortgage deals after several high street lenders announced interest rate rises,...

    15. February 17, 2012

      Hybrid mortgages seek best of both worlds

      New five-year mortgage deals have been launched by lenders this week, with one product allowing borrowers to take advantage...

    16. December 14, 2011

      Co-op wins bid for Lloyds branches

      The Co-operative Group took a step to transforming its small banking operation into a major high-street operator after it...

    17. September 7, 2011

      Lloyds Banking Group: who will buy?

      Lloyds Banking Group, forced to sell about 630 branches under European Union rules on state bail-outs and pressured by the...

    18. July 23, 2011

      Co-op chief quits in wake of Lloyds bid

      The chief executive of Co-operative Financial Services quit on Friday in a surprise move that came less than two weeks after...

    19. June 24, 2011

      Think of a number, as long as it’s bigger than 5

      In last week’s column I concluded that the right individual retail bond might make sense for a private investor looking to...

    20. May 15, 2011

      Royal Liver sale marks the end of an era

      It began in the sober era of Victorian self-help and ended in the age of financial speculation and burst bubbles. Royal...

    21. March 30, 2011

      Co-op to stick to store expansion

      The Co-operative Group, Britain’s biggest mutual retailer, said it would continue to grow in a flat market after posting an...

    22. November 30, 2010

      Co-op savers in line for £4.5m windfall

      About one million customers of Britannia, the former building society taken over by Co-operative Financial Services (CFS),...

    23. October 24, 2010

      Co-op eyes life assurance arm sale

      The Co-operative Group is considering the sale of its life assurance business which controls assets of £18bn as part of a...

    24. June 5, 2010

      Zoellick Oscars

      World Bank president Robert Zoellick kicked off a day of spirited debate at the FT's sustainable banking conference,...

    25. April 23, 2010

      Mutual pay bonanza ‘at expense of savers’

      The chief executives of three of the UK’s biggest financial mutuals enjoyed pay packages in the region of £1m in 2009, while...

    26. March 19, 2010

      Co-op set to pay dividend to 600,000

      Thousands of borrowers with Co-operative Bank mortgages are set to be given cash dividends of up to a few hundred pounds by...

    27. March 19, 2010

      The Co-op highlights mutual model

      The Co-operative Group, which began life as a small store in Rochdale in 1843, now has a shop in every postcode in the UK -...

    28. March 18, 2010

      Co-op highlights mutual model

      The Co-operative Group, which began life as a small store in Rochdale in 1843, now has a shop in every postcode in the UK –...

    29. March 18, 2010

      Acquisitions boost Co-op results

      The Co-operative Group almost doubled its profits in 2009, aided by its purchase of the Somerfield supermarket chain and the...

    30. FT Alphaville

      February 16, 2010

      Ecky thump finance

      Structured finance is so flat cap these days… The Co-operative Bank is delighted to have today successfully launched and...

    31. December 4, 2009

      Deal of the Week - 5% savings bond

      What’s the deal? A savings bond from the recently merged Co-operative Bank and Britannia Building Society that pays a fixed...

    32. December 1, 2009

      Yorkshire to finalise Chelsea takeover

      Yorkshire Building Society is poised to finalise a deal to take over lossmaking rival Chelsea in the latest sign of...

    33. November 1, 2009

      Huge bail-outs leave building societies miffed

      The huge bank bail-outs seen in the past year have left the perhaps less glamorous side of the industry crying foul....

    34. September 11, 2009

      Co-operative chief executive upbeat over market share

      The supermutual financial services group created by the merger of the Co-operative Group and Britannia building society...

    35. September 10, 2009

      Co-operative chief hails bank growth

      The supermutual financial services group created by the merger of the Co-operative Group and Britannia building society...

    36. September 10, 2009

      Some banks charge more for PPI, study finds

      More evidence of profiteering by banks from payment protection insurance is presented on Thursday in a study showing...

    37. August 25, 2009

      Santander buy-back expected to set trend

      A €16.5bn ($24bn) securitised bond buy-back by Santander is expected to be followed by other European banks as the prices...

    38. August 14, 2009

      Kevin Goldstein-Jackson: Distraction reactions

      Years ago, an elderly friend told me: “As you get older, it’s not so much that you get absent-minded, but more easily...

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