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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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